Looking for a vegetarian dish to complement your holiday menu? An easy passed appetizer to welcome guests into your home? Here's a seasonal, hearty, and healthy take on a Latin classic: empanadas.
Empanadas are famous throughout Latin America as a versatile street food. Whether sweet or savory, fried or baked, as an appetizer or a side dish, the styles, flavors, and varieties are endless. Budget-friendly, for those looking to stretch their snack dollars, empanadas are a bonafide crowd pleaser.
For this vegetarian version, squash is roasted until tender and sweet, and then sauteed with onions, garlic, and peppers for a kick of heat. The filling is topped with fresh, melted mozarella cheese and stuffed into whole wheat dough. When they take on a telltale golden brown, they're ready to eat!
Serve them on decorated napkins for a fresh from the oven (and easy clean up) snack, add them to your kids' lunches, or make them extra plump and have a few for a hearty dinner. However you decide to enjoy them, you won't be disappointed.