A friend confessed to me that though she is a vegetarian, she enjoys eating bacon once in a while because she loves it. I can't blame her; I also love the vegetarian lifestyle, but it’s difficult for me to resist any dish with pork in it.
This is why I enjoyed making these fried empanadas with picadillo. They're very easy to make, there's not need to turn on the oven and your whole house is filled with a delicious aroma that always makes me give into my craving for meat.
I have many alternatives to this recipe that are always good to keep in mind: sometimes I use smoked pork chops instead of regular meat. The process is the same but it cooks quickly and the smoky flavor gives the empanadas a delicious taste. I also like using chorizo – Mexican, Peruvian, Italian, etc. – it's an excellent and practical ingredient.
When I want to make the dough from scratch, I get to work and I feel super satisfied with the results. But I must admit, my favorite secret is that I can buy the dough prepared at the supermarket, this helps me save time when I prepare them. Baked or fried, they're always a great success!
And finally, candied onions, a kind of onion marmalade I love and can have ready a few days in advance to avoid a last minute headache. Delicious!