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A Spanish or Latin-American turnover with a flaky crust and a savory or sweet filling.
[Spanish, from past participle of empanar, to coat with breadcrumbs : en-, in (from Latin in-; see en-1) + pan, bread; see panada.]
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(Cookery) a Spanish or Latin-American stuffed pastry
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em•pa•na•da(ˌɛm pəˈnɑ də)
a Latin American or Spanish turnover filled with ground meat, vegetables, fruit, etc., and baked or fried.
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