Friday, November 16, 2007

Empanadas de Calabasa Sefardicas

The dish for "E" is empanadas. This recipe for pumpkin empanadas was also featured on Vegan Lunchbox. Because Sefardica or Sephardic in English is used in the recipe title, we know this recipe is both Spanish and Jewish.

In case you are unfamiliar with the term Sephardic, I thought I might give a quick explanation. Sephardic is derived from the Hebrew word for Spain and generally refers to Jewish people from the Iberian peninsula including Spain, North Africa, Middle East, and Portugal. Ashkenazic is derived from the Hebrew word for Germany and generally refers to Jews from Eastern Europe. Each group tends to have some different traditions. Most American Jews follow Ashkenazic tradition. Believe it or not there are quite a few other delineations that these groups can be broken down into, but this is the simple view.

When I was in Spain, I was definitely not vegetarian. Empanadas were a quick easy meal to buy on the go or pack for a trip. Sometimes the empanadas were like little pocket pies just as this recipe. Other times they would make the emapanada in three layers on a cookie sheet (dough, filling, dough) and slice it in squares. In the 5 weeks I was there, I only recall finding veggie empanadas once. Often I wonder, whether I'd notice veggie options more now. Maybe they were everywhere and I didn't see them because I wasn't looking.

Anyway, these pumpkin empanadas are a tad on the sweet side for me. It isn't because of the sugar, but more likely because of the apple in the filling. I'm a huge pumpkin fan and between the spices and the apple, the pumpkin felt a little watered down. This crust is simple and is definitely something I would make again. I'm always having trouble with the more delicate pie crusts.
BTW - Thanks for the concern about me and the car. My window is all fixed and I'm onto lots of other issues including PT for my knee that I injured snowboarding last year.

13 comments:

trina said...

Your blog is so interesting and informative. I think it's my first time here, and I'm enjoying the vegan world tour. Thanks for taking me along!

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Ooh, thanks for taking ME along on the tour too!

And thanks for putting that Hunger Site link up. I try to make as much of a difference as possible in my life, so another way to do so-- especially such a quick way-- is always welcome!

Vivacious Vegan said...

I had those empanadas on my growing list of things I'd like to make. I appreciate your suggestions though. Maybe I'll leave out the apple or halve it. I love pumpkin and definitely prefer for that flavor to shine through.

Vegan_Noodle said...

pumpkin empanadas sounds good....but I agree, sounds like apple would make it a bit too sweet...

Ashasarala said...

I'm all for over-sweet, so this sounds like the perfect dish for me!

bazu said...

mmm- empanadas. I've never tried making them at home.

Carrie™ said...

I love the new look! Very, shall we say...Chic? :o)
Empanadas look & sound very tasty.

Catherine said...

Hi Jody -- happy belated Thanksgiving!

Head on over to my blog and cast your vote in the great Christmas Cookie Conundrum of 2007 -- all advice is appreciated!! Thanks!

VeggieGirl said...

mmm, these empanadas look wonderful!! I've never had one with pumpkin filling - the sweetness actually sounds like a lovely taste for an empanada!

Happy belated Thanksgiving :0)

Melissa said...
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Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Pumpkin Empanadas sure sound good!

Vicki's Vegan Vice said...

Touring the world makes me hungry for pumpkin empanadas!! All the best in 2008! :)

bazu said...

Just popped by to wish you a happy new year, Jody!