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Pastel with Meat and Cheese Filling (Pastelzinho de Carne com Queijo) Brazil vs Germany

The time has come for my final World Cup post, albeit a tad late.

I had high hopes for ‘Group A’ making all the way to the final, alas it was not meant to be.

I was going to do something sweet to end, however my recent trip to HAY (when they were at Trinity Kitchen) got me thinking about empanadas. That and the fact that I was down on the shared calendar to cook dinner!


If you have not heard about empanadas before, they are like a cross between a pie and a pastie.

In Brazil, they have a similar snack called Pastel or Pastelzinhos, a smaller variety. These small snacks are traditionally sold as a street food snack or in bars by the half dozen.

The pastry is really easy to make, was a bit odd putting tequila in the mix but it turned out fine.


Opting for the ‘healthier’ option we decided to bake ours, the filling was delicious, although I feel the whole dish would have been much better if I had of fried them.

I would make these again but maybe just use one of the pastry alternatives mentioned in the recipe I used, which is below.


Olympic Food Challenge no 10 Ecuador- Beef Empanadas

Where is it ?

Ecuador is bordered by Colombia on the north, Peru on the east and south, and by the Pacific Ocean to the west. It is one of only two countries in South America, along with Chile, that do not have a border with Brazil. The country also includes the Galapagos Islands in the Pacific.

When I think of Ecuador, the one thing that springs to mind is the sensational mid 90‘s Euro pop hit from Sash with the same name. Surely you know it ? If not here you go

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