Hello Fall! Pumpkin Empanadas

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by Amber on October 14, 2010

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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SMITH BITES October 14, 2010 at 3:47 PM

you’re right – who doesn’t LOVE pastry with a filling?? I’m absolutely in love with these my dear – had never, ever thought to do something w/pumpkin! This is the danger of being a blogger – waaayyyyy to many food choices these days!!


bridget {bake at 350 October 14, 2010 at 4:02 PM

Oh, I LOVE this time of year!!! These are going on my pumpkin “must make” list! Beautiful pic, too!


Shelly (cookies and cups) October 14, 2010 at 4:19 PM

These look amazing! So glad I found your site!


Amy October 14, 2010 at 4:45 PM

Wow, these look amazing!! What a perfect Fall treat!!


TidyMom October 14, 2010 at 5:16 PM

ok……I’m really LOVING these!! Thanks for sharing!!


Nancy October 14, 2010 at 6:23 PM

Amber – you’re never going to believe this….(drum roll)…I’ve never had an empanada! I’d like to make one of these pumpkin empanadas my first.


Tracy October 14, 2010 at 6:32 PM

Mmm, as a fellow pumpkin lover, I think I might just have to whip these up for breakfast this weekend!


Souffle Bombay October 14, 2010 at 7:55 PM

I did a double take when i saw your tweet…Pumpkin Empanadas…genuis! What a great picture too!


Tickled Red October 14, 2010 at 10:39 PM

:O…Stunning! You have me thinking all kinds of crazy now darlin’


Heavenly Housewife October 15, 2010 at 4:14 AM

This is such a cool idea! I want one. THey look fab, and I love the sound of the cinnamon in the dough. Please send one my way!
*kisses* HH


Courtney October 15, 2010 at 7:08 AM

These look and sound delicious! :)


Kristen October 15, 2010 at 10:56 AM

Oh wow, Amber…those look amazing and that pic is delicious!


Imwaytoobusy October 16, 2010 at 11:06 AM

These looks adorable AND delicious!


Kasey October 16, 2010 at 2:26 PM

Mmm, I’ve made a lot of beef empanadas, but pumpkin? This I HAVE to try.


Jenny October 16, 2010 at 5:40 PM

Pumpkins everywhere now! It must be halloween!


Sharon October 16, 2010 at 7:11 PM

1. these sound amazing
2. put anything in an empanda and i will scarf that s*** down! but pumpkin, well, you can put me down for 5.
3. gorgeous photo!


Maria October 16, 2010 at 11:31 PM

These look awesome! I can’t get enough pumpkin right now!


Sandy October 17, 2010 at 12:30 AM

Terrific empanada idea! It’ good to find a fellow “Southwest” blogger. Congrats on the top nine!


Kitchen Cookware October 17, 2010 at 6:51 AM

I also thought empanada were savory dish, until my Mexican friend corrected me. These are great for right now and I may use it for my Halloween bash potluck!



Jennifer October 17, 2010 at 9:54 AM

I think these are calling my name! GREAT recipe!


mickey October 17, 2010 at 6:22 PM

You’re right, who could resist? I made some for the first time last year. I have yet to try the savory kind :)


Courtney October 17, 2010 at 9:39 PM

Mmm I love empanadas. This would be super cute to have after dinner! :)


marcellina October 17, 2010 at 9:39 PM

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!


megan @ whatmegansma October 17, 2010 at 10:12 PM

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


Jen Schall October 18, 2010 at 10:05 AM

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!


Sue October 18, 2010 at 12:57 PM

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.


Susan October 24, 2010 at 3:36 AM

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!


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