Pastel - Brazilian Empanadas - Large Disc
The traditional Spanish empanada is a relatively recent addition in Brazilian cuisine, probably through influence of neighboring countries such as Argentina, Uruguay and Chile.
Rather, the Brazilian pastel is a similar, though distinct, dish with a more flaky, pastry-type crust than the dough used in the empanada. Also, it is usually fried.
The pastel is a very common food with a variety of stuffing’s like: pizza (Margherita: tomatoes, cheese and basil), mozzarella only, chicken with Catupiry, ground beef, heart of palm, shrimp; and also sweet "pastéis", filled with goiabada (and goiabada with cheese), doce de leite or Nutella with banana or strawberry.