Butternut squash empanadas

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Empanadas are similar to a Cornish pasty, but usually with a mix of vegetables and a little spice added to filling. Often found in Spain or South America, Dominic Chapman's versions make the most of seasonal vegetables and creamy goat's cheese, offset with a hint of cumin.

First published in 2015





  • 500g of shortcrust pastry block
  • plain flour, for dusting
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten, to glaze


To serve

  • watercress
  • 1 bunch of chives, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 tbsp of white wine vinegar


For the filling, rub the pepper with a little olive oil, then under a hot grill or over a gas flame, grill the pepper so that the skin blisters and chars, turning with tongs so that it is even, then place in a bowl, cover with clingfilm and allow to cool
Melt a large knob of butter in a pan and sweat the onion with the crushed garlic and a pinch of cumin. When the onion starts to soften, add the squash, swede and turnip, and continue to sweat the vegetables down
When cooked through, but still retaining their shape, remove from the heat and season with salt and pepper. Spread the vegetables out on a baking tray to allow them to cool as quickly as possible
Peel and deseed the red pepper, then dice evenly and add to a large bowl with the cooled vegetables and chopped sage. Mix briefly to combine
For the butternut squash seeds, clean and dry the seeds, then add to a pan with a generous amount of olive oil and gently fry over a low heat until golden and crisp. Season with salt, then reserve for serving
To assemble the empanadas, divide the pastry into six pieces, then roll out each piece on a lightly floured surface to about 3mm thick. Cut each piece into a large circle (you could cut around a plate as a guide), transfer to baking baking trays and chill in the fridge for 10 minutes
  • plain flour, for dusting
  • 500g of shortcrust pastry block
Once rested, roll the rolling pin over each circle again to loosen it slightly and form an oblong shape
Place a couple of spoonfuls of the squash mixture and crumble over a sixth of the cheese into the centre of each pastry, then brush around the edge with the egg yolk
Fold up the two largest edges around the filling and carefully pinch the two sides together all the way along until fully sealed. Fold the seam over to hide the join, then pinch together again to form a neat edge
Repeat for all six empanadas, then rest in the fridge for another 10 minutes, or until ready to cook
Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6
Brush the pastry all over with egg yolk, then bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown
Serve with a salad of watercress leaves and chopped chives, dressed with a simple vinaigrette and scattered with the fried squash seeds
  • watercress
  • 1 bunch of chives, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 tbsp of white wine vinegar

Dominic Chapman's passion for food is in the blood: his family has owned and run the highly acclaimed Castle Hotel in Taunton for over 60 years.

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