Savoury pies that are eaten out of hand are a part of many cultures--Cornish pasties, Jamaican beef patties, Italian calzones, and, of course empanadas, a South American favorite. A cousin of the sandwich, perhaps my favorite kind of meal, the meat pie is ubiquitous. While it generally has a pastry shell, it can be baked or fried giving you some room to make it a more healthful repast.
DSO's DD and her fiance were coming for dinner and I knew we all shared a love for empanadas. I decided to improvise based on a number of recipes that I've come across in the past. I also took a shortcut and used ready-made discos. Baking the empanadas cuts out even more work with no loss of flavor.
Wow! These were really delicious! The addition of the olives was genius as they really amped up the flavor. I served these alongside my chicken taquitos and some homemade guacamole. A side dish of black beans and saffron rice, a couple of Corona lights, and we were golden.