From as long as I can remember, my "small" family of 7 brothers and sisters, several aunts, uncles, cousins and the regular friend or ten, had this summer tradition at my grandparents house in the countryside of Córdoba, Argentina.
Early in the morning, all the women would gather in the kitchen to prepare what we call 'the filling' for the empanadas. First by cutting onions, eggs and olives. Then mincing the meat which would be mixed together with spices and cut vegetables. When the filling was done, the rest of the family was called into the kitchen to kick off 'the assembling'. The morning would go by sharing quality laughs, team work, singing and the occasional bickering about the style of twist someone was using to 'close' the empanada. By midday, the men would start lighting a fire, gathering around it and placing the huge iron pail with lard on top. We would all approach the fire with trays full of empanadas that the men popped into the lard - laughs, music and mouth watering conversations would continue for the rest of the afternoon. These where one of the many memories I have from my youth. Kids running around, chairs gathered in the patio, the guitar being passed from hand to hand and everyone singing along while the food kept coming. These "small" gatherings would only feed 60 to 80 immediate family members. As the years passed by, my brothers and sisters married and had their own kids. Even when the number grew larger, this tradition passed on through generations and remained the same. Nowadays, we might not get together as often; some are far away in other countries, some are not with us anymore, but the food, the love and the spirit are the same.
At Empanadas Market, we want to help families build their own memories around food. And hopefully bring as much flavor and happiness as it brings us.