[em-puh-nah-duh; Spanish em-pah-nah-thah]
noun Latin-American Cookery.
a turnover or mold of pastry filled with chopped or ground meat, vegetables, fruit, etc., and usually baked or fried.

1920–25; < American Spanish, equivalent to em- em-1 + pan bread +-ada, feminine of -ado -ate1

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Lap the top piece of plastic wrap over the dough and lift the empanada onto the baking sheet.
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