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impanadas

little pies

impanada

Similar to the empanadas of Spain, although no one is quite sure who taught who how to make them. Made in a crust of pasta sfoglia (traditionally coloured with saffron), they contain a variety of fillings: cheese, meat with wild fennel and olives, or pork and greens or seafood—some say the original filling was eel, others say lamb. Traditionally rectangular shaped, but today they're often round and sold throughout Sardinia.

Also known as panadas, the village of Oschiri is famous for the pork-filled version, and holds a Sagra della Panada with plenty of Vermentino to wash them down in late July.

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Images by: Carles Company Soler