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  • (upbeat music)

  • - What's up guys.

  • My name is Lauren.

  • And I'm here today to do a food swap

  • to help celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.

  • Hispanic Heritage Month is important to me

  • cause I'm of Hispanic descent.

  • My mom is Panamanian and I think it's very important

  • for people to know their heritage and to celebrate it.

  • It's everything. You know.

  • It runs in my blood. It's in my veins.

  • I was blessed to be able to visit

  • and just wasn't all of the beauty that I saw there.

  • The personality and culture that you get

  • and to know that this is something that's part of me

  • is something that's very special to me.

  • (upbeat music)

  • Hi Candice. It's nice to officially meet you.

  • I heard we're going to be doing a little food swap here.

  • - It's good to meet you too. I'm a, I'm ready.

  • (light airy music)

  • I am from Jamaica. As you can see.

  • I grew up with obviously my own culture

  • and an appreciation for many other cultures.

  • Appreciation for the food, for their music

  • for just anything that makes them unique.

  • - So the recipe that I would be giving you

  • is a very important cultural special dish to Panama.

  • It's the Beef Empanada.

  • It's a very simple dish.

  • I don't know what your cooking level is

  • and I didn't want you to mess this up.

  • So we're just starting off easy.

  • So it's just fried dough with meat in it.

  • And I thought we'd go with the beef one

  • cause that's like kind of the traditional OG.

  • - Your Empanada,

  • I don't know if its gonna see my Jamaican Beef Patty

  • but we gon' see.

  • The Beef Patty is also a simple dish.

  • But you gotta make it with love.

  • - The ingredients is what makes it.

  • If you don't have the good ingredients,

  • if you don't have that seasoning,

  • it's not gonna be there. You know.

  • - That's right.

  • Panama is situated in the Caribbean.

  • I feel like we all are about the spices.

  • - That's so funny that you bring up spices, Candice.

  • Cause I'm actually gonna be dropping the ingredients off

  • at your door.

  • I'll make it a little easier on you. Its a little easier.

  • - That's so sweet. You know what?

  • I'ma do same thing for you.

  • - Well Candice, I look forward to this challenge.

  • I'm excited. Get some Empanadas, get some Beef Patties.

  • Let's do this.

  • (upbeat music)

  • - We're about to go to the grocery store,

  • pick up these Jamaican Beef Patty ingredients for Lauren,

  • drop them off at her house

  • and then see what she's really working with.

  • Can she make these Beef Patties?

  • We gon' see.

  • (upbeat music)

  • Alright. So that should be enough.

  • Organic Jamaican curry.

  • - Okay.

  • That was a much more of an adventure

  • than I thought it was going to be.

  • But I finally got all the ingredients

  • for Candice to make these bomb ass Beef Empanadas.

  • All my groceries right there.

  • So now am about to take them to her.

  • (upbeat music)

  • The challenge is on.

  • (upbeat music)

  • - So the day has finally come.

  • I'm here in my kitchen going to attempt

  • the Jamaican Beef Patty.

  • Not gonna lie, I'm kind of nervous.

  • Here you can see are the Ingredients

  • Candice has left me with.

  • These don't seem so unfamiliar

  • to what I'm normally used to working with.

  • So hopefully this process won't be so daunting.

  • But anyway, let's do this.

  • - Okay. So about to make this dough in the food processor.

  • Turn this on.

  • - Figure out this dough, cutting this butter

  • and knead the mixture

  • till it looks like a breadcrumb consistency.

  • - It's dough now.

  • - I don't have a rolling pin

  • to roll out these balls of dough

  • but I do have this water bottle

  • which I read will work fine.

  • Here we go.

  • Going to roll out these balls of dough.

  • (upbeat music)

  • - So got the ground beef, a pound of ground beef.

  • Next we need,

  • two tablespoons of soy sauce.

  • Gon' get that in there.

  • - Juicy beef. Juicy beef is important in this recipe.

  • - I got the beef cooked up,

  • the whole disc ready to put beef in, almost.

  • I'm heating up this oil in this pot.

  • It says I need to put two and a half inches

  • of oil in the pot.

  • - That's another difference.

  • So I don't know if it's always baked Jamaica Beef Pies

  • or if you are able to fry them

  • just depending on the preference.

  • I am asking Candice to fry.

  • So hopefully that's going well for her.

  • - I don't wanna get popped.

  • This isn't as easy as I thought it was.

  • I'm clearly not sealing the Empanadas right

  • because I'm putting them in the pot

  • and they're bursting open.

  • So I have two for Lauren so far.

  • But I got a lot more that I can try with.

  • - All of my patties are done.

  • I got to say it smells amazing.

  • Guess Candice will be the final judge.

  • I wasn't sure I could do that.

  • I did that. I did that.

  • I did that shit.

  • - I got four decent looking Empanadas.

  • Better go give them to Lauren outside. Lets go.

  • You got four good ones.

  • - Okay.

  • - Four decent ones. Decent and warm. We both tried.

  • - We did.

  • I have a lot of respect for Jamaicans.

  • - And I have a lot of respect for Panamanians.

  • - Me and Candice have completed our creations.

  • I made Beef Patty for her.

  • She made a Beef Empanada for me.

  • Here's a little visual here as you can see.

  • Candice, tell me about your experience.

  • How was making the Beef Empanada?

  • I was quite comfy in the beginning.

  • I was like, uh this is gonna be easy. This is gonna be easy.

  • Like how hard it to fry a pastry. I started frying them.

  • And then all of a sudden they got really fat

  • and they floating in the grease

  • and it was like popping everywhere

  • and I was running from the pot but I enjoyed it.

  • And there are a lot of similarities

  • in making the Patty for sure.

  • Some of the seasonings were similar

  • and some of the process were similar.

  • Like the end was definitely very different.

  • - We had a lot of similar seasonings

  • but you used them in the dough

  • whereas I used most of them in the meat.

  • (upbeat music)

  • Now is the big taste test. See how you did Candice.

  • I'll let the world see.

  • Here's a little visual representation.

  • Here we go.

  • (gentle music)

  • This good.

  • I mean, I think for your first time making these,

  • you nailed it. You nailed it.

  • - Yes!

  • (crowd cheering)

  • Let me show the dish off.

  • It's well sealed.

  • I think she didn't have any explosion problem with yours.

  • (gentle music)

  • Those good.

  • I haven't gotten to the meat yet though.

  • (both laugh loudly)

  • - I'll take it Candice, I'll take it.