This is an excellent recipe to prepare for Halloween. Make it easily with premade puff pastries. The sweetness of the pumpkin combined with the nutty flavor of the seeds, and spices together make light addicting savory flavors. A nice variation from the usual lumpia, add this bite-size treats as convenient sides to your main dishes.
2 sheets PAMPAS Puff Pastry, thawed
250g ricotta cheese
250g pumpkin (or local kalabasa) peeled and chopped
2 tsp olive oil
½ red onion finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
½ tsp ground cumin
40g feta, crumbled
2 tbsp pumpkin seeds (or buto ng kalabasa), peeled and toasted
¼ cup coriander leaves, chopped
1 egg lightly whisked
Sunflower seeds, for sprinkling
Sweet chilli sauce, for serving
Preheat oven to 220°C. Line an oven tray with baking paper.
Boil pumpkin or kalabasa in a saucepan of water until tender. Drain, and mash until smooth and set aside to cool.
Heat oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add onion, garlic and cumin. Cooking for several minutes until onion is tender. Set aside to cool.
In a large bowl, combine the cooled pumpkin and onion mixtures with the ricotta, feta and pumpkin seeds. Mix well and season to taste.
Cut each pastry sheet into 4 even squares. Divide ricotta mixture along the centre of each pastry square. Brush one edge lightly with egg wash and fold over to encase filling with seam underneath.
Place onto lined oven trays and brush with more egg wash and sprinkle with seeds. Bake for 22-25 minutes or until pastry is golden and crisp. Serve warm with sweet chilli sauce.
*Recipe adapted from Pampas