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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Luz's Authentic Colombian Empanadas

Thursday, October 11, 2012 | 2:47 PM Posted by Northeastern Dining , , , , , , No comments

Have you had a chance to try the empanadas on the Hungry Hungry Husky food truck? If not, you are missing out on some of the most delicious and authentic food on campus.

Luz Marina works in the kitchen at International Village. Luz is from the town of Neiva Huila in Colombia and it was there that she learned how to make her famous empanadas from her mother and grandmother. Her recipe and techniques have been in her family for many generations.

There is a famous religious feast in the nearby town of Palacio each year on July 16th. The town plays host to many visitors from other nearby towns during the feast. The locals from Palacio prepare all of the food for the feast and although Luz and her family live several towns away it is a tradition that Luz’s family bring many empanadas to the feast for all to enjoy. Luz has passed along the traditional recipes and techniques to her own daughter and nieces. Her nieces operate a quick service restaurant in Colombia and use many of the family recipes - including the empanadas they learned how to make from Luz!

We are very thankful and proud that Luz has shared a bit of her heritage with all of us. Head over to H3 during lunch from 10:30 to 2:30 and try either the spicy beef and potato or slow cooked pulled pork empanada - both served with a side of Aji (fresh Colombian salsa). It's a little taste of South America in Boston!

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