Savory Pumpkin Parmesan Empanadas

Prep Time 1 Hr
Cook Time 5 Min
Servings 12
Difficulty Moderate

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tbsps. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 9 tablespoons well chilled Crisco® Baking Sticks All-Vegetable Shortening
  • 2/3 to 1 cups milk
  • FILLING
  • 1 tbsp. Crisco® Baking Sticks All-Vegetable Shortening
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tbsp. firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. fresh thyme leaves or 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 (15 oz.) can pure pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 2/3 cup grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
  • Crisco® Pure Vegetable Oil

Directions

  • Step 1

    COMBINE flour, sugar and salt in food processor. Add shortening cubes. Cover and process until evenly blended. Pulse while adding milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, adding just enough milk so that dough holds together when pressed together. Shape into 3 balls. Flatten each into a round disk. Wrap in plastic wrap. Chill 30 minutes.

  • Step 2

    For Filling: HEAT shortening in large skillet over medium heat. Add onion. Cook 7 minutes or until tender. Stir in brown sugar, thyme and salt until evenly blended. Stir in pumpkin, ricotta cheese and Parmesan cheese.

  • Step 3

    HEAT 1-inch vegetable oil to 350°F in large heavy skillet over medium heat. Divide dough into 12 equal pieces. Roll each on lightly floured surface into a 6-inch circle. Brush edges with water. Spoon 1/4 cup pumpkin mixture onto each circle. Fold dough in half to cover filling. Seal edges by pinching or pressing with fork.

  • Step 4

    COOK in hot oil 4 to 5 minutes or until golden brown, turning halfway through cooking time. Drain on paper towels. Cool 10 minutes before serving.

Serving size
(1 of 12 empanadas)

  • Calories 330
  • Calories from Fat180g
  • Total Fat 20g
  • Saturated Fat 5g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
  • Monounsaturated Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 10mg
  • Sodium 190mg
  • Potassium 0mg
  • Total Carbohydrates 32g
  • Dietary Fiber 3g
  • Sugars 5g
  • Protein 7g
  • Vitamin A 0%
  • Vitamin C 0%
  • Vitamin D 0%
  • Calcium 0%
  • Thiamin 0%
  • Niacin 0%
  • Zinc 0%
  • Riboflavin 0%
  • Iron 0%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet