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Copycat Recipe: Trader Joe’s 5 Cheese Greek Spiral

Copycat Recipe - Trader Joe's 5 Cheese Greek Spiral | Erica Robbin

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: Easy
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A winner!

I love this cheesy, flaky pastry spiral called Trader Joe’s 5 Cheese Greek Spiral.

So I decided to have my own try at making it. And it turned out spectacular! It’s super easy to make too! The perfect snack, perfect appetizer. Light, yet fulfilling, crispy, with a gooey center.

And after a few experimentations, I’ve decided that any cheese you have on hand will work just as well which is the best part if you do not have access to the listed cheeses (namely Kasseri and Kefalotyri) that are more commonly found in specialty cheese shops. I tried it with a combination of cheddars, parmesan, and different blue cheeses, all so yummy!


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Ingredients

    COPYCAT RECIPE – TRADER JOE’S 5 CHEESE GREEK SPIRAL:
  • 1/2 cup gouda, shredded
  • 1/2 cup kasseri, shredded
  • 1/2 cup kefalotyri, shredded
  • 1/2 cup semi-hard cheese, shredded, I used a sharp white cheddar
  • 1/2 cup blue cheese, crumbled, any type, I used Bayley Hazen Blue
  • 1 package of puff pastry sheets, thawed, I used Pepperidge Farm
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water

Directions

    COPYCAT RECIPE – TRADER JOE’S 5 CHEESE GREEK SPIRAL:
  1. Roll out pastry into a rectangle shape onto lightly floured surface, cut in 1/2, lengthwise
  2. Sprinkle cheeses over pastry.
  3. 3. Roll, then place as a spiral shape onto greased pan.
  4. Mix egg and water, brush egg mixture over pastry spiral.
  5. Bake at 350-400 degrees F (176-204C) for about 15-25 minutes, until deep golden brown and cooked through.

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How does it compare? Trader Joe’s (left), mine (right).

Mine turned out a little puffier. The taste is there though!

Another time it did settle to a more wrinkly finish. I also tried making some cut pinwheels which had a caramel, crispy cheese texture and more defined, bit of a saltier taste as a result. Very good as well and the pinwheels would make a more easily shareable appetizer.

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Let me know if you give this one a try and what cheese you used in the comments below!

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Homemade Dill Pickles

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Homemade Dill Pickles | Erica Robbin

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Yum!

I love pickles! My favorite is the Vlasic kosher dill. Their crunchy, tangy, bit of garlic flavor makes for the best ending snack to any craving.

And they’re so yummy in grilled cheese. See the Food Wishes Inside-Out Grilled Cheese Sandwich below for how to prepare the best grilled cheese).

I was longing for the kosher dill dynamic flavor and couldn’t find them in country. Since I had so many cucumbers from my garden harvest, oodles and oodles of them, I decided to make my own. They turned out so crunchy and delicious!

Pickles are so much easier to make than I thought they would be!

I used Suyo long cucumber variety, leaving some of the baby cucumbers whole, some I cut into chips, others into spears.

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There’s no canning involved in this recipe and they can be ready in 1 hour, but of course the longer they set in the refrigerator, the more punchy they will be. Though the punchiness will be at the cost of softening over time.


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Ingredients

    HOMEMADE DILL PICKLES:
  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar (to desired taste)
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns (or 1/2 teaspoon black ground pepper)
  • 1/4 teaspoon whole fennel seed (optional)
  • 1 head garlic (to desired taste)
  • 2 large cucumbers, sliced to desired shape of rounds, spears, or leave babies whole
  • 5-6 sprigs fresh dill, lightly torn
  • 1/4 cup onion (white, yellow, or red)
  • Enough water to fill remainder of jar(s)

Directions

    HOMEMADE DILL PICKLES:
  1. Bring vinegars, sugar, salt, pepper, fennel, and garlic to a boil, stirring often, turn off heat, allow to cool.
  2. In a clean jar (rinsed thoroughly with boiling water), layer cucumber, dill, and onion. Don’t pack too tightly as you want the cucumbers to be suspended, allowing the brine to be in direct contact with all surfaces of the cucumber.
  3. Add brine mixture.
  4. Fill remaining space in jar with water, ensuring everything is covered with brine mixture.
  5. Refrigerate for at least one hour or for a 2-4 weeks.

The first blossom is always so exciting!

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The female flower giving rise to fruit. Soon the little baby cucumber will grow to the size of a snacking cucumber.

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One of my first harvests. The Suyo has a characteristic shape, becoming long and curling. It’s probably my most favorite variety of cucumber, being fresh tasting as a cucumber should and not bitter.

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I’ve never had a grilled cheese sandwich so incredibly rich and satisfying!

Have you ever tried making homemade pickles before?

What is your favorite type? Dill, kosher dill, or sweet?

And yes I left the label on this pickle jar in case you were wondering.

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Nintendo Game Inspiration: Dumplings from Overcooked!

Dumplings fit into the category of dim sum, which is a type of Chinese cuisine that is prepared as bite-sized portions cooked in a steamer and served onto small plates.

My sister and I saw the bamboo steam at the Asian market and both said “Overcooked!” so we each bought one to try it out just like the game.

Up to this point in my life, now an adult gamer, inspired by recipes from video games, I had no idea how fun and easy it was to use a bamboo steamer much less make dumplings or even pot stickers, fish, or steamed vegetables for that matter!

So here is another video game inspired recipe, I hope you enjoy!

Overcooked! Video Game

Overcooked!

Nintendo Game Inspiration: Dumplings from Overcooked! | Erica Robbin

  • Servings: 1-4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Dumplings are so easy to make!

So much easier than I ever thought to make!


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Ingredients

    NINTENDO GAME INSPIRATION: DUMPLINGS FROM OVERCOOKED!:
  • A plate
  • 1-2 lbs meat or vegetables of choice such as beef, shrimp, pork, fish, or shiitake mushrooms, carrots, cabbage, chopped (I used cooked pork belly)
  • 1-2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 2-4 tablespoons scallions, chopped
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 1-2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Dumpling wrappers (I made homemade ones using this recipe for Dumpling Wrappers)

Directions

    NINTENDO GAME INSPIRATION: DUMPLINGS FROM OVERCOOKED!:
  1. Soak your steamer a few hours or overnight.
  2. Mix meat and vegetables of choice, coat them with the flour (mixer!).
  3. Add scallions, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, sesame oil, salt, pepper.
  4. Add a dollop of filling onto dough wraps and shape.
  5. Place parchment/lettuce/bok choy/cabbage lined bamboo steamer in shallow skillet filled with water to about 1-2″ high (don’t allow water to touch food).
  6. Place dumplings onto lined steamer, cover, and bring to a boil.
  7. Cook by steaming about 10-15 minutes.
  8. Plate the dumplings.
  9. Take the plate to the service delivery window on time, you want a good tip from your customers!

Let me know if you have ever tried making these! You can also make pot stickers and steam any fish or plain vegetables in much the same way. These were tasty, next time I’ll make my dumpling dough much much thinner though!

Nintendo Game Inspiration: Dumplings from Overcooked! | Erica Robbin

Nintendo Game Inspiration: Dumplings from Overcooked! | Erica Robbin

Nintendo Game Inspiration: Dumplings from Overcooked! | Erica Robbin

Nintendo Game Inspiration: Dumplings from Overcooked! | Erica Robbin

Nintendo Game Inspiration: Dumplings from Overcooked! | Erica Robbin

Nintendo Game Inspiration: Dumplings from Overcooked! | Erica Robbin

Here is a how to basic video about using a bamboo steamer.

And here are 10 Ways to Fold Dumplings.

I also didn’t realize that Simply Ming from back in the 90s Food Network era has a YouTube channel as well, so here is his recipe for pot stickers.

We were reminded of the days of Yan Can Cook and his motto “If Yan can cook, so can you!” Here is his video, so much joy in cooking!

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Spring Roll with Peanut Sauce

Spring Roll with Peanut Sauce | Erica Robbin

  • Servings: 6-10
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Easy, fresh, and delicious!

I could live off of spring rolls. The great thing is that you can make them with any vegetables you desire and it’s nice to be able to use what you have on hand. The sauce is what really makes them, adding flavor to what would typically be just plain and simple vegetables. There are times I don’t even add noodles or sprouts and the rolls turn out just as delicious. You can also add any type of meat you like such as crab, shrimp, pork, or chicken. And any leftovers can be used to make pho, something else I could live off of.


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Ingredients

    Spring Roll:
  • Rice paper
  • Vegetables of any variety, julienned, such as carrots, red cabbage, green onion, yellow squash, radish, cucumber, jalapeño, bell pepper,
  • Glass noodles, cooked
  • Bean sprouts
  • Fresh herbs and spice such as Thai basil, garlic, cilantro, lemon, lime
  • Sriracha
  • Peanut Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1-2 tablespoons mustard
  • Drizzle of sesame seed oil

Directions

    Spring Roll:
  1. Dip rice paper into hot water, being careful to allow it to remain flat upon removal.
  2. Wrap vegetables, noodles, sprouts, herbs, spices, and sauces as desired with rice paper.
  3. Peanut Sauce:

  4. Combine peanut butter, mustard, and sesame seed oil until desired texture.
  5. Serve spring rolls with peanut sauce either communal style or make ahead of time.



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Savory Cheese Ball

Savory Cheese Ball | Erica Robbin

  • Servings: 8-12
  • Difficulty: Easy
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This savory cheese ball is full of flavor with an added kick.

Yesterday was National Cheese Ball Day and tomorrow is National Garlic Day, so here is a recipe that incorporates both celebrations. It’s perfect for parties or as a stay-at-home, enjoy the evening, snack. The options are endless. During the fall and winter seasons I like to add chopped bacon and a variety of toasted nuts.


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Ingredients

    SAVORY CHEESE BALL:
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 3-6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 8 oz packages of cream cheese
  • 1 cup finely grated cheese, reserve half, I like sharp white or parmesan
  • 1 jalapeño, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh herbs such as parsley or cilantro, finely chopped

Directions

    SAVORY CHEESE BALL:
  1. Over medium heat, stir together butter and brown sugar until melted, turn off heat, then stir in garlic.
  2. Combine together butter sugar garlic mixture into cream cheese, 1/2 cup grated cheese, chopped jalapeño, and chopped herb.
  3. Roll mixture into a ball and roll into remaining cheese and optional nuts.
  4. Serve with crackers or vegetables such as celery, carrot, jicama, peppers, or yellow squash.

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What ingredients do you like to add to your cheese ball?

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Stuffed Jalapeños

Stuffed Jalapeños | Erica Robbin

  • Servings: 2 dozen
  • Difficulty: Easy
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These are so addicting!

These are my go-to snacks, even as a meal, and the appetizer to bring to the party. All you need is jalapeño and cream cheese for them to taste great, but adding cheese, garlic, and bacon adds that extra gourmet taste!

Some people call them “jalapeño poppers” if you coat and fry them. Some refer to them as “rat tails” if you leave the stems on. Both are very yummy!


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Ingredients

    STUFFED JALAPEÑOS:

  • 12 jalapeños (24 halves)
  • 1 package (8 oz/226 grams) cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup parmesan or sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (optional)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced (optional)
  • 1 package (16 oz/1 lb) bacon, sliced (may cut again lengthwise, optional)

Directions

    STUFFED JALAPEÑOS:
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (204 C).
  2. Mix cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and garlic.
  3. Spread cheese mixture onto each jalapeño and wrap with bacon.
  4. Bake for 15-25 minutes until cheese is melted and bacon is to desired crispiness.

Attention cheese-lovers out there, today is National Cheddar Day! I love cheese, especially the sharp and white cheddar variety. You can stuff these jalapeños with any type you like. Be sure to check out some of my favorites below!

How are you going to celebrate today? If you make this recipe let me know in the comments below and learn more about the history of cheddar here!

Here are a few of my favorites which are great alone for snacking or in a dish:


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Smoked Salmon Canapés

Smoked Salmon Canapés | Erica Robbin

  • Servings: 2 dozen
  • Difficulty: Easy
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A light, yet satisfying snack or appetizer!


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Ingredients

    SMOKED SALMON CANAPÉS:

  • 5.3 oz box (150g) crackers, crisps, or dried bread (I really like Trader Joe’s Fig and Olive Crips for these, they add just a bit of sweetness)
  • 5 oz chèvre (goat’s milk cheese)
  • 4 oz smoked salmon
  • Sprigs of fresh dill

Directions

    SMOKED SALMON CANAPÉS:

    – 5.3 oz box (150g) crackers, crisps, or dried bread (I really like Trader Joe’s Fig and Olive Crips for these, they add just a bit of sweetness) – 5 oz chèvre (goat’s milk cheese) – 4 oz smoked salmon – Sprigs of fresh dill [/recipe-ingredients] [recipe-directions] Smoked Salmon Canapés:

  1. Spread chèvre onto crackers, layer small slices of smoked salmon, and top with sprigs of dill.

These canapés are quick, easy, delicious and perfect for parties. Let me know if you make them!

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Homemade Guacamole

Homemade Guacamole | Erica Robbin

  • Servings: 3 cups
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Homemade guacamole is the best!


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Ingredients

    HOMEMADE GUACAMOLE:

  • 3 avocados, ripened
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, depending on taste and chips you pair it with
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 2 jalapeño peppers, diced
  • 1 Serrano pepper, diced

Directions

    HOMEMADE GUACAMOLE:
  1. Mash together avocados, garlic, spices, cilantro, and lime juice until well incorporated.
  2. Mix in tomatoes, onion, jalapeños, and Serrano pepper.
  3. Serve with corn or tortilla chips. It’s also great on toast.

Today is Spicy Guacamole Day! Guacamole, translated as avocado sauce, was originally made by the Aztecs. It can be made in various ways and to the level of heat as desired. I like to do all the vegetable prep work ahead of time before cutting into the avocado to reduce the chance of it turning brown while making it. I also like to work in the garlic, spices, cilantro, and lime juice as I mash the avocado. And if I need to store it in the refrigerator, I’ll squeeze a bit of lime juice over the top and place clear wrap directly onto the guacamole to help keep it from browning.

I hope you enjoy!

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Fresh Homemade Salsa

Fresh Homemade Salsa | Erica Robbin

  • Servings: 3 cups
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Fresh homemade salsa is the best!


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Ingredients

    FRESH HOMEMADE SALSA:

  • Drizzle of olive oil
  • 10-12 (2 lbs) roma tomatoes, cored, deseeded, and halved
  • 3-5 tomatillos, cored, deseeded, and halved
  • 1/2 medium white onion
  • 2-5 jalapeño peppers, halved
  • 2 serrano peppers, halved
  • 3-6 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon fresh oregano, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, depending on taste and chips you pair the salsa with
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 lime, juiced

Directions

    FRESH HOMEMADE SALSA:
  1. Reserve 1-2 tomatoes (diced), 1-2 tomatillos (diced), 1-2 jalapeños (finely diced), 1 serrano (finely diced), as well as a small handful of onion (finely diced) and 1-2 garlic cloves (minced) to add at the end for a brighter flavor and added texture.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (191 C) and cook remaining tomatoes, tomatillos, onion, jalapeños, and serranos in a shallow baking sheet drizzled with olive oil, skin sides up, and covered with lid or aluminum foil for about 15-20 minutes, adding the garlic cloves at the last 5 minutes of cooking time so they don’t burn and become bitter. The vegetables will begin to soften and skins will begin to peel away.
  3. *If you prefer a really smoky taste, you can cook the vegetables on top rack of oven, uncovered for a shorter amount of time at 425-450 degrees F (218-232 C) until the skins blacken. Just note that cooking, though adding a deeper flavor profile, will cause the vegetable colors to darken and dull, so roasting at a high heat for a shorter amount of time can help with that if keeping a relatively vibrant color of salsa is also what you are wanting to achieve.
  4. Once vegetables have softened (or blackened), allow to cool and peel away skins.
  5. Dice the cooked tomatoes, tomatillos, and onion, finely dice the jalapeños, serranos, and finally mince the garlic.
  6. Lightly pulse blend/process cooked vegetables to desired texture.
  7. Then combine all vegetables (cooked and reserved uncooked, as well as oregano, cumin, and salt) in sauce pan and cook on med-high heat for 5 min.
  8. Remove from heat and add cilantro and lime juice.
  9. Refrigerate for 2 hours and enjoy! Flavor will also continue to develop with additional refrigeration time.

Fresh homemade salsa is just so bright, fresh, and delightful. And it’s really easy to make. There are just a couple things you’ll want to keep in mind when making it from scratch and it is all dependent on your taste, prep, and cooking preferences. For those who like smooth salsa, you can either blend or cook the vegetables down more to achieve that consistency. Or don’t for a chunkier style.

For that bright, fresh taste, options include adding fresh lime, tomatillos, cilantro, or you can cook the vegetables for a lesser time or not at all if you’re not inclined to do so. For a deep, smoky taste, you can roast any or all of the vegetables at a higher heat in the oven.

Of course you can always simply cook then blend all the vegetables at once if you’d like but taking additional steps to prep and stage really makes for a salsa that allows for balance and depth of a fresh and smoky taste, medium-smooth texture that stays on your chip, and where the fresh vegetable colors remain. I like a depth of flavor, texture, and color that combines the best of all worlds, so I prefer to reserve some of the freshly chopped vegetables to add at the end.

And you can change the level of spice by omitting/adding more peppers of choice, mainly jalapeños and serranos and leaving in the membrane/seeds.

Let me know if you make this recipe and which way you made it, there are so many options!

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Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus | Erica Robbin

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Healthy, delicious, and easy!


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Ingredients

    ROASTED RED PEPPER HUMMUS:

  • 1 can (15 oz/1.5 cups) chickpeas/garbanzo beans/fava beans, drained, reserve liquid (may use freshly cooked for a creamier texture)
  • 1/2 roasted red bell pepper by cooking 1/2 of pepper drizzled with olive oil, in oven at 400 degrees F (204 C) for 15 minutes, remove skin
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds (lightly roasted)
  • 1 tablespoons sesame seed oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3-5 cloves garlic (to taste)
  • Olive oil to taste and texture
  • Juice of 1 medium lemon
  • Cumin, paprika, spearmint leaves, or parsley can also be added as an option, or other variations such as avocado, roasted beets, or jalapeños and may substitute yogurt in place of tahini (sesame seeds and oils)

Directions

    ROASTED RED PEPPER HUMMUS:
  1. Blend all ingredients together in blender or food processor.
  2. Add olive oil to taste and desired texture. You may add reserved liquid to help achieve desired texture.
  3. Garnish as desired and serve either warm or cold along with pita or your favorite vegetables, crackers, or pretzels.

Hummus originated from the Middle East. Several variations exist according to region. Since it can be prepared many different ways, the combination of ingredients are endless. Using freshly cooked beans over canned typically yields a creamier texture and if you have the time I’d recommend it!

Let me know if you enjoy eating hummus and how you prepare yours!

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Pumpkin & Walnut Empanadas

Pumpkin & Walnut Empanadas | Erica Robbin

  • Servings: 1 dozen
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Originating in Galicia, Spain, empanadas are a delicious filled pastry that can be baked or fried.


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Ingredients

    EMPANADA DOUGH:

  • 4 cups white all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons buttered flavored shortening (Crisco)
  • 2 teaspoons table salt
  • Warm water
  • FILLING:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4-1/2 cup brown sugar (to taste depending on sweetness of pumpkin)
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can (15 oz) canned pumpkin or use 2 cups fresh baked pumpkin (fresh baked adds to prep time)
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts

Directions

    EMPANADA DOUGH:
  1. Mix dry ingredients together.
  2. Add warm water gradually until dough is soft to knead but not sticky.
  3. Roll dough into 3″ balls and let rest in a bowl covered with warm flour sack towels (see below for more about flour sack towels) for 1 hour.
  4. FILLING:

  5. Melt butter over stove and add brown sugar until sugar is dissolved and begins to caramelize. Stir in white sugar, cinnamon, pumpkin spice, and salt. Then add pumpkin and walnuts, heat through.
  6. There are many variations to try and you’re welcome to add raisins, shredded chicken, diced apples (with caramel 😊), or anything you like as they can be savory or sweet.
  7. PREPARING AND COOKING:

  8. Fold and flute. Click here or see below for my How To: Fold and Flute an Empanada video.
  9. Fry in vegetable oil at medium heat or 350 degrees F (177 C) until golden brown and cooked through.

The word comes from the Spanish verb empanar, meaning to wrap or coat in bread. Today they are made in many countries including Spain and the Americas.

Pronounced em-pah-nah-th ah, they can be sweet or savory and filled with meat, vegetables, and a variety of additions such as raisins or nuts. This particular recipe includes fresh pumpkin and chopped walnuts for a tasty combination, but feel free to experiment and add your favorite ingredients, the options are endless!

Flour sack towels can have multiple uses but are great for covering bread dough while it’s rising. The weave is slightly looser compared to a typical tea or dish towel. Because they aren’t dyed, they’re safe to use around foods. A good quality flour sack towel is low lint, low pill, and lightweight enough to allow dough to rise, while maintaining enough coverage to prevent drying out and crusting. They should have finished, clean fabric edges that won’t unravel with repeated use so they don’t end up in your recipe.

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