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The Empanada Maker brings delicious Argentine hand pies to Mission Viejo

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As a child, Cameron Davis spent a few years living in Argentina. While he was there, he fell in love with the national dish of Argentina, the empanada. In Argentina, the empanada can be found everywhere, with many delicious fillings. This Argentine hand pie made such an impression on Cameron that he ultimately decided to learn how to make them and has now opened The Empanada Maker in Mission Viejo. At The Empanada Maker, Cameron has developed an interesting mix of both traditional empanadas and also several that he has created featuring flavors from around the world.

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All the empanadas at The Empanada Maker are baked on the premises. The empanadas are divided into three categories. The Original Empanadas pay homage to the pies that are popular in Argentina. The Specialties include flavors and items from around the world, baked into the delicious pie crust. Finally, The Empanada Maker has a selection of Dessert Empanadas, each served with their own unique dipping sauce. There is even a special Holiday Menu, featuring such items as a Roasted Turkey Empanada with turkey, peas, onions, mashed potatoes and stuffing, a Pumpkin Pie Empanada and even a homemade Cranberry Dipping Sauce. Just added is a breakfast menu with chorizo, ham, bacon or veggie breakfast empanadas.

The Chicken Empanada, one of the traditional style empanadas, was filled with chunks of tender chicken breast. Onions, peppers, potatoes and garlic were accentuated by a blend of spices to give the gravy inside the empanada a delicious flavor. Another traditional Argentine empanada was the Beef Empanada. Ground beef was accompanied by potatoes, onions, peppers and peas. The gravy was rich with the flavor of spice and complimented the tender beef perfectly. Unlike some other versions of the hand pies, The Empanada Maker's crust was light and flaky, creating a tasty package that was not too heavy. The Spinach and Cheese Empanada was an excellent version of the popular Argentine treat. It was full of fresh, perfectly cooked spinach. The cheese was very light and did not overpower the delicate spinach flavor. This was a delicious vegetarian pie and a perfect accompaniment for the meat pies.

The Empanada Maker's ode to flavors from around the world includes a Philly Cheesesteak Empanada, a Chicken Cordon Bleu Empanada and an Asian Shrimp Empanada. The Diablo, one of their most popular empanadas, consists of spicy BBQ pulled pork, cheddar cheese, onion and cilantro. The Pork Chile Verde empanada contained an excellent chile verde, spicy but not overpowering, made from extremely tender slow roasted pork. The green chile peppers, pinto beans and rice combined with jalapeños to make an empanada with a definite kick to it. This chile verde would be a hit in any true Mexican restaurant.

One necessity to get is the Chimichurri Sauce. The chimichurri sauce, a blend of herbs, garlic, onions, vinegar and oil, is the quintessential accompaniment to any dish in Argentina. The Empanada Maker's version is excellent, with the tart vinegar and fresh parsley adding a delicious flavor. Interestingly, there is almost a sweetness to this chimichurri, perhaps from one of the herbs used. It makes an interesting contrast and is perfect to dip any of the empanadas into. Other dips include a Spicy Marinara, a Chipotle Ranch and a Cilantro Cashew Sauce. Side dishes are also available and include a Chimichurri Rice, Jalapeño Black Beans and a South American Slaw.

The Empanada Maker provides Mission Viejo with a new, tasty meal for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Originally, hand pies were designed for quick meals and for people on the go, so they are a perfect item to pick up for an easy, delicious meal. It is also a good choice to stop by and enjoy a meal in the restaurant. The Empanada Maker makes things easy by putting a number on the crust of each empanada. The number corresponds to the filling, so it is easy to identify which empanada is which before the first bite. The numbers correspond to the item's menu number, making identification easy. Cameron Davis has brought his passion for the empanada to Mission Viejo and it shows in every delicious bite of his empanadas.

The Empanada Maker

26131 La Paz Rd., Suite B3

Mission Viejo, CA 92691

Phone : (888) 275-5200

Fax : (888) 210-4958

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