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Empanadas with Pumpkin Seed Salsa

Empanadas with Pumpkin Seed Salsa

Empanadas with Pumpkin Seed Salsa

This dish is perfect party food – especially when you make them in these mini versions.
By Carrie King

Empanadas with Pumpkin Seed Salsa

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Empanadas with Pumpkin Seed Salsa

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  • Author: Carrie King
  • Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 12 empanadas 1x


This dish is perfect party food – especially when you make them in these mini versions.



For the empanada dough

  • 1 1/2 cups AP flour, plus more
  • 1/2 cup masa harina
  • 1/3 cup canola oil or vegetable oil, plus more
  • 2 tsp agave nectar
  • water
  • 1 tsp salt

For the Charred Poblano Filling

  • 4 poblano peppers
  • 1 Tbsp creme fraiche
  • salt and black pepper

For the Pumpkin Seed Salsa

  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds, soaked in water
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 jalapenos, blackened and minced
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 cup water, plus more
  • 1 large handful cilantro, chopped
  • salt and pepper


Empanada Dough

  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk or sift together the flour, salt, baking powder and masa harina.
  2. Add the oil and agave nectar – mix together well. Gradually add water until it forms a solid ball of dough. Depending on the flour, you might have to add a bit more oil if the dough is cracking and seems too dry.
  3. Turn onto a lightly floured surface, knead for a minute or two until smooth.
  4. Wrap in plastic and place in fridge to rest.

Preparing the Peppers

  1. Turn the oven onto the broil setting.
  2. On a baking tray lined with foil, lay the poblanos and jalapeños in an even layer.
  3. Place the tray in the oven, about 4 inches from the broiler. Broil until the peppers have blackened on all sides – rotating every 15 minutes or so.
  4. Once fully charred, remove from the oven and use the foil to wrap the peppers until they have cooled enough to handle.
  5. For the poblanos – remove the stems and blackened skins and scrape the seeds away – if you rinse them under the tap, the seeds will come away easily.
  6. In a food processor, puree the poblanos along with the creme fraiche and a pinch of salt, until smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning. Reserve to the side.
  7. Remove only the stems from the jalapeños and mince them. Reserve on the side for the pumpkin seed salsa.

Pumpkin Seed Salsa

  1. Drain the soaked pumpkin seeds.
  2. In a large frying pan, sauté the minced garlic in the olive oil until fragrant, ~3 minutes.
  3. Add the pumpkin seeds to the oil and sauté for another 4-5 minutes.
  4. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Transfer the pumpkin seeds and garlic to the bowl of a food processor.
  6. Add the cumin, chopped jalapenos and water. Puree until smooth, adding more water as necessary.
  7. Transfer the puree to a bowl and mix well to incorporate the chopped cilantro.
  8. Set aside.

Stuffing and Baking the Empanadas

  1. Preheat the oven to 425ºF
  2. Roll the rested empanada dough into a round that is roughly 1/8 inch thick.
  3. Use a round cookie or biscuit cutter to cut rounds that are 3-4 inches in diameter.
  4. Dollop a teaspoon or so of the poblano filling into the center of each round.
  5. Lightly dampen the edges of each pastry round with water, which will act as a glue.
  6. Fold the dough in half, over the filling and press the edges down to seal it.
  7. Use the tip of a fork to create ridges along the semi-circular edge, which also helps to ensure the empanada is sealed.
  8. On a baking tray lined with parchment, lay two rows of empanadas.
  9. Place the tray into the oven and bake for around 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown.
  10. Serve alongside the pumpkin seed salsa.
  • Prep Time: 2 hours
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
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