La salteña boliviana

La salteña boliviana.

Probably my favorite Bolivian food is the humble salteña, a compact, football-shaped meat pie served generally for breakfast and lunch. When we had money and time (in other words, not often) we would get salteñas for breakfast on our way out to work. The only place I know that makes them in Utah is Bianca’s La Petite Bakery in north Orem, though she doesn’t always have them. The owner/baker is a Bolivian who studied culinary arts in France. It may be time to make a trip up there.

Once a Bolivian man asked me, “Have you tried eating llama meat?” I said no, and he said, “If you’ve eaten salteñas, you’ve eaten llama meat.” I think he was joking, but I’m not entirely sure.

If you speak Spanish, the video gives you a pretty good sampling of the Cochabamba accent.


2 Responses to La salteña boliviana

  1. Odell says:

    Is this the same thing Argentines call an empenada?

    • runtu says:

      More or less, but this was originally called “empanada de caldo” because it has a lot more liquid/broth inside. If you don’t know how to eat it properly, you can make a big mess.

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