Pumpkin Patties-Empanadas Jamaícanas De Calabaza

Spicy and a quick and tasty snack on the go, Patties are a favourite for Jamaicans and those who know of some Jamaican snacks. This recipe uses pumpkin and cheese as a filler for vegetarians.


1 Medium sized piece of Pumpkin
1 Diced Onion
1Green Pepper diced
1 Tablespoon of Jerk Seasoning(See recipe Jerk Seasoning)
200-250 grams of Red Leicester Cheese 
Salt and Black Pepper to taste
2 Packets of Ready-Made Shortcrust Pastry or Homemade Pastry(See Mince and Mushroom Pie/Quiche Lorraine Recipe)
Yellow Food Colouring OR Turmeric (Preferably to be added to the dough, if you are making your own pastry!)


Firstly, cut and peel the pumpkin into cubes and set aside. Chop the onion and sweet pepper and fry, for 5 minutes, on a moderate heat. Add the jerk seasoning, and the pumpkin. Add some water. Leave on a medium heat for 15 minutes or until cooked through. Meanwhile, grate the cheese. Turn off from the heat, and mix the cheese with the pumpkin, gently mashing the mixture. Allow to cool.

Prepare the pastry(adding the colouring/turmeric to give the patties that characteristic yellow colour.) meanwhile, and roll out into a small round and fill with the meat mixture. seal the free edges, and continue the same pattern with the rest of the mixture and pastry. Place on a baking tray and bake in an oven on 180 degrees for 20-30 minutes, or until golden. Serve as part of a picnic banquet, with an assortment of salads, or serve warm straight from the oven with Cocobread.


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