Merienda Is Doubly Delicious With These Bite-Sized Snacks
Merienda is typically the meal that tides you over before dinner. It's usually something small that while it isn't too filling that you can't eat dinner later in the evening, it is filling enough that you won't be starving when dinner finally is served.
Plus, it's the perfect excuse to indulge in a little something when you can't have bigger servings of a delectable bite. Here are tasty merienda ideas you can make that we think should be on your merienda list:
Crispy Ham and Cheese Dumplings
Who doesn't love ham and cheese? With these fried dumplings on the table, you won't be able to say no to a few bites or five.
Longganisa Parcels with Garlic-Yogurt Dip
Leftover longganisa are perfect for making delicious snacks! Use your favorite longganisa to stuff these simply wrapped dumplings to go with an equally simple but delicious dip.
Mini Pepperoni Pizza
No need to order for delivery if you have the ingredients to make these mini versions to satisfy a craving.
Wonton Pizza Cups
This is a great toss-in-and-bake type of snack. Use whatever ingredient you have on hand to toss into these cheesy wonton cups.
While not exactly bite-sized, empanadas (also known as hand pies or pocket pies) are miniature versions of a full-sized pie. This chicken-filled one is a classic merienda, and the great thing with the chicken empanadas is that it's always a winner.
Spicy Ilocos Empanada Recipe
If you can't go to Vigan to experience the real thing, you can recreate it at home with this easy recipe. The secret to the orange-hued empanada dough? Atsuete or annatto seeds!
Mini Ube Mamon
This isn't just the mini version of the beloved pillowy mamon, it's also an ube-flavored version so you're still riding the dessert trend with these purple-hued treats.
Mashed Potato Balls with Cheesy Centers
Cheese is always a hit and if you're a big cheese fan, you'll love that these potato balls have a gooey, cheesy center.
Cheddar Corn Muffins
Muffins are not your usual merienda but if you're looking for a pastry to satisfy your hunger pang, try a cheese cupcake or these savory cheddar cheese muffins with a touch of sweet corn sweetness will do just that. Make them in mini muffin cups so you can eat more than one or three.