Whenever I hear the word ’empanadas’ I think of my abuelita, and whenever I think of my abuelita, I can picture her in the kitchen getting our meals ready. She cooked from scratch, so cooking for us was a day-long process. For freshness, she went grocery shopping every day. Sometimes I went along with her as she took her time making sure that whatever she was getting at the market was the best and freshest.
I don’t believe she ever cooked the same dish twice in a week. She planned ahead and tried to use leftovers to come up with another meal for the next day. If there was roast chicken and there were leftovers, she would then make croquetas.
One of the dishes she didn’t make often enough were empanadillas. I still love them. They are great as a tapa or as part of a meal with a salad. Empanadillas are a smaller version of an empanada and can also be made with leftovers.
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