Almost anywhere Spanish is spoken, you'll find empanadas -- little turnovers that are fried or baked and stuffed with something savory or sweet. Use a knife and fork or eat them out of hand.
On Long Island, there are many versions -- some creative, others classic. Here are four places to find them.
ISLAND EMPANADA, 601-13 Portion Rd., Ronkonkoma, 631-617-6427
Tucked into a Ronkonkoma strip mall is this casual counter-service spot with a long list of empanadas. One favorite, among many, is the traditional ground beef empanada with owner Roy Pelaez's secret sofrito sauce.
Flaky, well-burnished house-made pastry enfolds a different filling every day at this Spanish-accented tapas spot. Consider yourself lucky if the featured pastry has ginger-lime pork.
SENOR NACHO, 31 S. Middle Neck Rd., Great Neck, 516-466-0011
At this capacious Mexican restaurant, empanadas are crisp and well filled, whether with shrimp, beef or chicken.
CORAZON DE CUBA, 26 E. Park Ave., Long Beach, 516-272-4200
Cuban-born chef Oscar Juarez turns out flaky empanadas, both chicken and beef, that are irresistible.