BUENOS AIRES – A pizzeria association in Buenos Aires cooked an 80-meter (262-foot) empanada, the longest ever made in Argentina’s capital city, for charity over the weekend.
Empanadas are turnovers stuffed with beef, chicken or seafood and tomato, onion, garlic and spices.
The empanada in Buenos Aires, stuffed with ham and cheese, was prepared on Sunday by the Association of Pizzeria and Empanada Shop Owners, or APPYCE, to benefit the Down Syndrome Association of Argentina, or ASDRA.
The dough for the empanada was placed on a conveyor belt that slowly entered a rotary oven arranged on Avenida de Mayo, one of the main boulevards in downtown Buenos Aires.
The APPYCE sold about 4,000 individual portions to the public, with the proceeds going to the ASDRA.
“We’ve got 80 meters of dough. We have been working a long time with 10 pizza masters and 100 other volunteers who are working with this event to benefit ASDRA,” APPYCE vocational school director Javier Labake told EFE.
Projects like this help promote “the inclusion and reintegration of people with intellectual disabilities,” Labake said.
The cooks used 150 kilos of cheese, 30 kilos of ham and 350 kilos of dough to make the giant empanada.
In 2015, APPYCE created the largest pizza in the world in Buenos Aires, a pie that measured 70 meters (229 feet), with the proceeds going to ASDRA.