If you’re a fan of Harry Potter or are simply looking for a unique and delicious vegetarian recipe, I’ve got the perfect solution for you: Vegetarian Savory Pumpkin Pasties. Inspired by the famous fictional snack from the Harry Potter series, these pasties are sure to make your taste buds soar.
Imagine a buttery crust enveloping warm and savory pumpkin filling with hints of thyme, sage, and garlic—a delightful combination that will leave you wanting more. Not only do they taste incredible, but these pumpkin pasties also have an impressive nutritional profile with essential vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants.
Whether it’s for a Halloween party or a cozy night in, these potter-inspired savory pumpkin pasties are the perfect snack to share with friends and family. Plus, they’re incredibly easy to make, so you won’t have to spend hours in the kitchen. Get ready to be transported to Hogwarts with each bite of these savory treats.
So without further ado, let’s dive into the recipe and learn how to create your own batch of delicious Vegetarian Savory Pumpkin Pasties.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Fellow foodies, I’m excited to share with you why you’ll love this vegetarian savory pumpkin pasties recipe!
First and foremost, these pasties are a perfect comfort food that will satisfy your cravings for something savory yet wholesome. The fragrant combination of thyme, sage, and garlic creatively complements the sweetness of the pureed pumpkin filling. The garnishing with black sesame seeds adds excitement to the eye, creating a piquant texture in every bite.
Secondly, this recipe is an excellent choice for anyone looking for delicious yet nutritious food. One key benefit of this recipe is its versatility that accommodates both vegans and dairy-free diet preferences. The use of plain yogurt instead of cheese and eggs, as commonly found in other pasty recipes, makes it low in fat and high in protein.
Lastly, as a “Harry Potter” fan myself, I would like to highlight that this recipe is inspired by and perfect for any “Potterhead.” It’s a real “Potter Pumpkin Pastie,” reminiscent of the pastries Potter enjoyed on his Hogwarts Express journey. This recipe holds true to the original Cornish pasties that inspire it while adding creative twists that make it more unique.
Overall, whether you’re hungry for comfort food or looking to diversify your dessert recipes’ collection and impress your guests with something new yet tasty – this savory pumpkin potter-inspired pastry will not disappoint!
Before we dive into the recipe, let’s talk about what you’ll need. Here are the ingredients:
- Pie Dough: For this savory pumpkin pasties recipe, I suggest a homemade pie dough use. However, if you’re short on time or just not into making pie crusts from scratch, store-bought puff pastry would do.
- Pumpkin Filling Ingredients 1: 2 cups pumpkin puree, 1 garlic clove minced, 1 onion finely chopped, 2 tablespoons olive oil and ⅛ teaspoon ground thyme.
- Pumpkin Filling Ingredients 2: ½ cup unsweetened plain yogurt (for a dairy-free option you can use vegan plain yogurt), ¼ cup of diced potato and ½ cup of vegan cheese. You can use any dairy-free cheese you prefer but I recommend cheddar style shreds(optional).
- Egg Wash: Once the pumpkin pasties are assembled, we’ll brush them with an egg wash. You can use egg or your favorite egg replacement like aquafaba.
- For Garnish: Fresh sage leaves and black sesame seed.
Go ahead and make sure all these ingredients are on hand before starting to save yourself any last-minute trips to the grocery store. Let’s create some Harry Potter-inspired magic in our own kitchens!
The Recipe How-To
Once you have all the ingredients ready, it is time to start making the Vegetarian Savory Pumpkin Pasties. Follow these steps for a delicious and yet easy recipe:
Step 1: Preheat the oven
Begin by preheating your oven to 375°F (190°C).
Step 2: Prepare the filling ingredients
Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add 1 finely chopped onion, 1 diced potato, and 1 minced garlic clove. Cook for about 5 minutes until the onion is translucent.
Step 3: Add the pumpkin puree
Add puree of 1 can of pumpkin (15 oz.) to the pan along with fresh thyme and sage. Season with salt, pepper, and pumpkin spice (⅛ tsp). Let it cook for about 10 minutes over medium-low heat stirring occasionally until thickened.
Step 4: Make the pastry dough
While everything is cooking, make your pastry dough. You can use a store-bought or homemade dough, but it must be rolled out to about ¼ inch thickness before you cut it into circles.
Step 5: Assemble pasties
Once you have rolled out your dough, cut it out with a biscuit cutter or a glass. Lay them onto a baking sheet and put a spoonful of pumpkin filling in each circle then fold over and seal shut using egg wash (combine a beaten egg + some water) around edges.
Step 6: Bake the pasties
Brush each pasty top with egg wash and sprinkle some black sesame seeds on top. Bake in the oven for approximately 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
Step 7: Enjoy!
Remove from oven and let it cool for few minutes, then serve hot and enjoy! These savory pumpkin pasties are perfect for breakfast, lunch or even as an appetizer at your next party.
Substitutions and Variations
Hey there, I’m here to show you the different substitutions and variations you can make in this savory pumpkin pasties recipe. Don’t worry, even though it’s a vegetarian and vegan recipe, there are still plenty of options that allow for your dietary needs.
Firstly, let’s talk crust. The dough used in this recipe is a homemade pie dough, but if you don’t have time to make it from scratch, you can use store-bought puff pastry or opt for a gluten-free pie dough. Just be sure to check that the ingredients align with your dietary preferences.
For the filling ingredients, if you don’t have pumpkin puree on hand, you can substitute it with sweet potato puree or butternut squash puree. The thyme and sage give this recipe its distinct flavor profile, but if you don’t have them fresh or dried in your pantry, you can use other spices such as cinnamon or nutmeg for more of a sweet savory pumpkin filling.
If dairy-free is your thing, then swap the yogurt out for your favorite non-dairy alternative such as plain coconut yogurt or cashew yogurt. For a vegan version of this recipe, also remove the egg wash from the instructions and use a non-dairy milk to brush over the pastries instead.
If you’re feeling adventurous and want to take this recipe up to 11 (especially for all those Harry Potter fans out there looking for “potter-inspired” recipes), sprinkle some black sesame seed on top of the egg wash before baking.
With these substitutions and variations options, you can adjust this recipe based on what you’ve got available in your kitchen or dietary preferences without detracting from its deliciousness. Enjoy!
Serving and Pairing
Now, let’s talk about serving and pairing these delicious savory pumpkin pasties.
These pasties are versatile and can be enjoyed in different ways, making them perfect for any occasion. You can serve them as an appetizer or a main dish paired with your favorite salad or soup. The savory flavor of the filling complemented with the buttery crust is a perfect match for a glass of red wine.
If you’re hosting a Harry Potter-inspired party, you can display the pasties on a platter alongside some Butterbeer and other Potter-inspired treats such as Pumpkin Pasties Sweet version or Harry Potter Pumpkin Pie. Trust me; your guests will love them!
For an extra touch of flavor, you can sprinkle some black sesame seeds on top of the pastries before baking them. The seeds add more crunch and taste to the already delicious pasties.
If you want to switch things up and create something different, try using puff pastry instead of the homemade pie dough used in this recipe; it will add more flakiness to the crust.
No matter how you choose to serve and pair these savory pumpkin pasties, they are sure to delight your taste buds with every bite!
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
One of the best things about these pumpkin pasties is that they can be made ahead of time and stored for later use. After baking, allow them to cool completely before wrapping them tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil. They can last up to 4 days in the refrigerator or up to 2 months in the freezer.
When you’re ready to reheat, allow the pasties to thaw overnight if frozen. Preheat your oven to 350°F and place the unwrapped pasties on a baking tray. To keep them from drying out, you can add a little bit of water or vegetable broth to the tray. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until heated through.
If you’re short on time, you can also reheat in the microwave. Simply wrap a pasty in a damp paper towel and microwave on high for 30-45 seconds or until heated through.
If you have leftover pumpkin filling, cover and store it separately in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze for later use. You can use it as a delicious side dish for meals, or even as a filling for other dessert recipes, such as a Harry Potter-inspired pumpkin pie!
As with any dish, it’s always best enjoyed fresh. But with these make-ahead and storing tips, you can still enjoy your savory pumpkin pasties with ease anytime you want!
Tips for Perfect Results
Hey there, it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty! Making these savory pumpkin pasties may sound intimidating, but trust me; it’s not rocket science. I’m here with some tips which can make your cooking journey smooth and efficient. Here are some of the essential things to keep in mind when you get started:
1. Use Homemade Pie Dough:
While store-bought dough is quick and convenient, making your pie dough will delay your breakfast a bit; however, it is worth its time and effort. Homemade pie dough will help you avoid preservatives and artificial flavors present in store-bought pastry.
Rolling out store-bought dough can be challenging as it gets too thin or too thick when we try to roll it out according to our needs. Freshly made pastry dough can be rolled into different shapes and sizes according to the recipe requirement, making cooking more fun!
2. Keep Your Dough Cool:
Puff pastry or homemade pie dough should always be kept chilled before using. This way, the butter or fat in the recipe won’t melt while you’re working with it. Keeping the dough cool will help you achieve flaky and tender crust with a perfectly baked bottom.
3. Cut Ingredients Uniformly:
It’s essential to cut all of your ingredients evenly so that they cook at about the same rate. Make sure your diced onions are similar in size as well as your pumpkin chunks – this will lead to even cooking and ensure everything is tender and delicious.
4. Keep a Close Eye While Baking:
Everyone’s oven temperature varies; hence it’s critical to watch carefully while baking. Make sure you preheat your oven since every baked good requires a different preheat temperature for optimal results.
5. Perfect Egg Wash:
To obtain that perfect golden outside of pastries, use egg wash before baking. Whisk an egg with water or milk (use plant-based milk) and a pinch of salt thoroughly until well combined, then use that mixture on top of pastries before baking.
Now that we’ve covered some basic tips let’s pull on our aprons and start baking!
In conclusion, if you are a fan of Harry Potter or simply love a good savory pastry, this Vegetarian Savory Pumpkin Pasties Recipe is perfect for you! Not only is this recipe easy to make and customize, but it is also vegan-friendly and gluten-free. The delightful blend of pumpkin filling and herb-infused spices creates a unique flavor that will leave your taste buds wanting more.
So, spice up your taste buds with this delicious recipe, impress your Harry Potter-loving friends, or indulge in a savory snack while enjoying pumpkin season! Don’t miss out on the opportunity to experience the magic of these Pumpkin Pasties—a dish inspired by the world of Harry Potter, but perfect for any occasion!
So go ahead and give these Pumpkin Pasties a try. Remember to experiment with different substitutions and variations to find your perfect blend. And if you’re feeling extra creative, try making homemade pie dough or using puff pastry instead. Whatever you choose, we guarantee you won’t be disappointed!
Vegetarian Savory Pumpkin Pasties Recipe
- 2 cups pumpkin puree
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons plain yogurt (or sour cream)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 1 garlic clove, crushed (1 tsp minced garlic)
- 1/4 cup cheese, shredded (your choice!)
- 1 tablespoon black sesame seed
- 2 teaspoons sage, shredded
- 1/2 teaspoon thyme (fresh would be optimal but I use dry)
- 1 (15 ounce) package pillsbury ready-made pastry crust
- 1 egg, beaten (for brushing)
- In a skillet, heat the oil and brown the onion and garlic together until soft and translucent.
- In a mixing bowl, mix with the pumpkin and the browned onion together.
- Whisk in the egg and yogurt/sour cream to give it a nice creamy consistency.
- Whisk in the remaining ingredients.
- Preheat the oven to 350F and while it's preheating, roll out the pastry crust and use a biscuit cutter, 5-oz ramekin, or the outline of a can to cut circles.
- Grease a cookie sheet with cooking spray and line the circles up on them, spacing them out evenly.
- Put about a rounded tablespoon-ful of pasty mixture into each circle.
- Brush the edges with egg white, fold the pastry with your fingers to form semi-circles, sealing them, and crimp the edges down with a fork.
- Brush the outsides of each sealed pasty with egg white.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.
- Let cool on a wire rack for about 5-10 minutes prior to eating. They are delicious with some herbed sour cream. I also like them with guacamole.
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