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Hello Fall! Pumpkin Empanadas

Who doesn’t love a pumpkin empanada? Or an empanada of any kind, for that matter? Call it what you will: pasty, pocket, pie, or kolache, pastry enclosed pockets of food have been around probably almost as long as bread has. There’s not a single cuisine I can think of that doesn’t have some riff on a pastry pocket filled with meat, veg, or fruit.

The word empanada comes from the verb empanar, meaning to wrap or coat in bread. Now that your language lesson is over, let’s talk about the eats!

Where I come from, empanadas usually get filled with cumin infused meat, onions and potatoes, or maybe cactus. Yes, you heard me right, cactus. Nopalitos are tasty, y’all. Wanting to offer up something a bit more Autumnal (I just love that word), I started trolling through the Texas Monthly Food pages for something intriguing. That’s when I happened upon Pumpkin Empanadas and knew they’d be happening STAT.

I’m kind of loving that the dough has cinnamon incorporated, allowing the Fall flavors to carry right through from outer to inner. I had one of these for breakfast this morning. They’re just on that line between savory and sweet that it’s totally appropriate to do so.

Do you make empanadas? Or pasties or pockets? What do you call them? And what are your favorites?

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Sunday 24th of October 2010

Those empanadas look amazing, I don't think I have ever made something that actually came out looking that impressive. :p

I'll have to give it a try but I don't think it will be as perfect!


Monday 18th of October 2010

I would LOVE to have one of these to start off my day! I had a friend in college that would make some empanadas that were so good! They were filled with a spicy ground beef, raisin mixture:) I'd grab one for breakfast as I headed out the door.

Jen Schall

Monday 18th of October 2010

I couldn't decide whether to say "You had me at pumpkin" or "You had me at empanada"... Let's just say I would LOVE these!

megan @ whatmegansma

Sunday 17th of October 2010

Would you believe I've never had an empanada?? That needs to change now! They look awesome :)


Sunday 17th of October 2010

My mouth is watering! I spotted a recipe for these and have had them on my mind! Now, I know I really must make them! Thanks for sharing!

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