When I was growing up in Westchester (aka the Cuban hub), there was always a couple of boxes of Caserita Croquetas in my family’s freezer. I went to Rockway Elementary School for my first 7 years of education, and one of the sandwiches that my mom packed for me at least once a week was Croquetas on White Bread with American Cheese & Mustard.
Whenever I opened up that lunchbox, I was smacked in the face by that lovely fried Croqueta in confined quarters smell. I would always squish the sandwich so that the Croqueta innards would hang out slightly from the bread; those became the starters for the meal.
My love and obsession for Croquetas can be traced back to that orange Caserita box, which was present all over my childhood. I thought Caserita was extinct until a recent visit to Publix.
I was perusing through the frozen Croquetas (Catalina, La Fe, Goya, & Sembrador) when much to my surprise there was a Caserita Croqueta Box. The familiar Caserita logo was on it but the box was much smaller than the standardized Croqueta box everyone uses (including Caserita back in the day). I bought it without a second thought of course.
It’s been in my freezer for a few days now, but I haven’t built up the courage to fry them and see what they taste like. I’m kinda afraid it will change my thoughts on something that I remember so fondly.
I’ve even considered frying them up the day after Croquetapalooza in place of opening up a bottle of wine to celebrate.
They may sit there forever.
What do you guys think?