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empana di karni – gluten-free pasties

door Linda Terrizzi

Our empana di karni are tasty, gluten-free pasties made from cornmeal. They are filled with seasoned minced meat. In almost all of Latin America, some kind of empana / empanadas is eaten.

The Antillean version has its roots in Venezuela. This snack is different from the other versions because it is used funchi (corn flour). This gives the Antillean empana its characteristic yellow color and distinct texture. This is good news for people with a gluten allergy: the Antillean empanas are completely gluten-free!

We now fill our empana with minced meat, but almost any other filling is also possible! You can think of slices of cheese, prepared tuna or cod… or even baked vegetables!

Recipe for the empana di karni

This recipe can be found in our cookbook 'The complete Antillean kitchen'. Of course in the first chapter, which contains all the tasty Antillean snacks. By the way, did you know that our book contains no less than 300 (!) recipes from the kitchen of Aruba, Bonaire en Curaçao?

It is the result of 7 years of research and we now finally dare to say that we have really “captured” Antillean cuisine in its entirety. Click on the image below to learn more about the book:

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Which recipes are online?

Do you regret that the recipe for the empana is only in our book and do you already want to get started with a tasty, Antillean snack? These recipes are on the site & can therefore be made immediately:

The beautiful empaná's in the photo above are from Patricia Mathilda, which she made using our recipe.


The dough of this snack should be made with maize flour from the brand Harina PAN – this Venezuelan brand is the only brand of maize flour that has already been steamed. This is a very important detail: you cannot make dough with raw maize flour (eg from an Italian brand)!

When you use raw corn meal, the water will never be absorbed. So it is impossible to have an empana or eg ayaka  of corn cake out of it.

For the filling, we use a mixture based on minced beef in our recipe. Of course you could also fill the empanas with something else, such as cheese or fish.


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