Online Shared Max. 8 2 hours English - Spanish
The origins of empanada, both word and recipe, present and alive in so many cultures in the world, date form thousands of years back, when nomadic cultures used bread dough as a means of transportation and conservation for meats and stews in their long journeys.
The verb “empanar” literally means to cover or lock something in bread, however, as all stories in gastronomy worth telling, the literal meaning soon got enriched with beautiful nuances as the world widened its horizons with conquests and new world discoveries, cultures got mixed together, the empanada turned into the quintessential crossbred recipe. Today an empanada holds sort of a formula: a thin dough, a stew or filling, heat, and boom! You have empanada!
Colombia, like many other countries in Latin America, adapted empanada to its geography, traditions and history, the dough is mainly made with indigenous corn, the fillings influenced by the Spanish conquistadors and subsequent adaptations in Colony times, and the heat method is mainly deep frying, inherited form the African Slaves. All this mixed together turned into what an empanada means to us: an iconic and delicious bite. Every region has their particular identity and will try to convince you they have the best one. We can only celebrate this diversity and party with so many flavors. Everyone in the family is welcome to this empanada party!
What you’ll live
empanadas are the quintessential representation of our everyday life. All the recipes scream love and family, taste of home, of barrio, of students and workers feasting on a break, of afternoons spent with children having a snack and evening meals on the street posts and fried food mesas. Join this party so we can prepare, be it alone or as a family this very powerful bite-sized empanadas. You can fry or bake, you can freeze them so you can enjoy them many more times and remember a great time. The recipes we’ll share can be adapted to many different tastes and preferred cooking techniques, same goes for the fillings which can accommodate many food restrictions.
•Invite the kids, your appetite and get ready to lay hands on the dough, so we can cook Colombian empanadas in an imaginary journey through our territory and the most representative ingredients of each region.
•Learn the best tricks to seal them properly, the right temperature to fry and alternatives to cooking, and off course a few connoisseur tips on how to properly eat them, as we do in Colombia.
•Let’s start in the mountains and valleys of Colombia with empanadas made with corn dough and explore fillings made with hogao, out mother sauce.
•We will prepare a traditional pique sauce from scratch, which is a must local tradition. Is the only right way to taste…
•Travel to the Caribbean to taste the secrets of islander cooks by combining a wheat dough with a filling form the ocean.
•We’ll finish with a sweet treat: a traditional artisanal sweet filled empanada.
Our classes are one-on-one cooking workshops, so you can always have your microphone on and ask as many questions and comments. We limit the class capacity to small groups to guarantee an intimate experience and encourage the conversation among all participants. It’s a social event!
Who will enjoy it
everyone will love it, specially families with kids, foodies, local gastronomy, travelers, people in love with Latin American culture, and Colombians nostalgic about their own recipes.
What to prepare
Your apron, the ingredients, utensils, a notebook to write in, stories to share and good vibes.
How to connect
Use your cellphone, Tablet or PC to connect form your kitchen. The link will be provided via email along with a list of ingredients and suggested cooking tools.
- Food Concierge. The experience will be guided by a traditional Colombian cuisine professional cook.
- Step by step cooking class which includes:
- 4 empanadas from different regions of Colombia, including a sweet one.
- Traditional Colombian Ají sauce.
- Guarantee having the ingredients and utensils which will be previously informed by email. (we will provide alternatives and substitutions).
- Organize the space and materials beforehand to partake at the experience’s pace.
- Respect the number of attendees. If you book the experience for one person, only one person will be able to join the class. If everyone at home wants to participate, great! Please book a spot for each person. Our recipes are for two but you can easily multiply the ingredients for the amount you desire.
Age: open for the whole family.
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