Spinach, Cotija and Chorizo Empanadas

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Spinach, Cotija and Chorizo Empanadas

The holidays are my favorite time of the year because I get to spend quality time with my family. The fun part for me is baking and cooking up special treats for everyone. Every year my mother’s family gets together on Christmas Eve (or the weekend before) for a big celebration. Part of that is also a time to come together as a family and say the rosary together and enjoy a feast to celebrate Christmas. It’s always a fun time to get to spend with all the aunts, uncles and cousins. Our traditional meal every year is Menudo, Tamales and Barbacoa. While I look forward to these items every year, I always have to bring something new to the table.

Earlier this year I was at an event and one of the appetizers served was Spanakopita. I loved the creaminess of the melted cheese and immediately I knew I wanted to recreate this dish using some of my favorite Cacique® products. The Beef Chorizo and Cotija cheese pair beautifully with the spinach and flaky crust of the pie dough. The Cotija cheese crumbles perfectly to incorporate with the spinach to give this appetizer a creamy texture.

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While our family is waiting to eat all of the traditional Mexican specialties on Christmas Eve, I will share these little bites of deliciousness with them to keep them tied over during the evening’s festivities. It’s the perfect appetizer for any get-together.

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