If you aren’t familiar with empanadas, this delicious stuffed bread or pastry is baked or fried in many countries in Latin America and southern Europe. The name is derived from the Spanish verb empanar, which means to wrap or coat in bread. Empanada’s stuffings consist of a variety of meats, vegetables, and sometimes fruit.

Before our sojourn here in Barcelona, we always thought empanadas originated from Latin America, but little did we know, empanadas started in Galicia (Spain) and Portugal. Then Spanish colonists passed it on to other countries. Knowing so, we were thrilled to try some local empanadas right in our neighborhood.

La Empanaderie de Gracia

Around the corner from our flat in Gracia is the Empanaderie. We’ve noticed it before but never stepped foot into the place because we didn’t think there would be vegan options. However, I read about this place and learned they have vegan selections. With this in mind, we came across it one evening coming home and explored our options.

First off, La Empanaderie’s empanadas are wrapped in pastry and baked. And their vegan selections were great: mushroom, hot pepper, artichoke, hummus, spinach. We were happy with the preparations because we don’t eat fried food and no longer bend on this health rule of ours.

Already full from dinner, we chose three empanadas to share: hummus, hot pepper, and spinach. They were yummy and a nice treat. Having the place right by is a bit tempting, but we have not yet returned. However, we will be back before we leave and explore the other vegan options. The empanadas are really delicious, and it was great to experience the local Gracia empanaderie.

If you’re in Spain, watch out for empanadas and give this local delight a try. This is nothing like we’ve had in the States. They are super scrumptious and can be addicting!


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