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Empanadas

In South America, empanadas are small half–moon or square–shaped turnovers made from a pastry crust and filled with either vegetables, fish or meat. Sweet versions may be filled with fruit such as bananas or apples. They may be baked or shallow–fried. Empanaditas are smaller versions, eaten as snacks or appetizers. Empandillas are small semicircular pastries filled with a savoury mixture and deep–fried. In parts of Spain an empanada corresponds in shape to the English pie.