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a sweet with meat

Originally from Módica in eastern Sicily, these unusual pastries are believed to have originated during Spanish rule in the 16th century, when Spanish cooks introduced chocolate and game-filled empanadas to the big island. Today the filling is made from minced beef, almonds, chocolate, walnuts, sugar, cinnamon and cloves.

Also known as impanatiglie or dolce di carne.

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Image by Adriao, Creative Commons License