Appetizer, Snack

Pumpkin Turnovers

Pumpkin Turnovers
This delicious recipe uses the IMUSA Empanada Maker to create pumpkin turnovers flavored with cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg!

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Cuisine: More Favorite Recipes
Recipe type: Appetizer, Snack

Ingredients
  • Pumpkin Filling:
  • butter 2 tablespoons
  • dark brown sugar, packed firmly ¾ cups
  • organic pumpkin, NOT pie filling 1 cup
  • ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon
  • ground cloves ⅛ teaspoons
  • ground nutmeg ⅛ teaspoons
  • Empanada Dough
:
  • all purpose flour 3 cups
  • baking powder 2 teaspoons
  • salt ½ teaspoon
  • shortening ½ cup
  • eggs 2
  • milk ½ cup
  • granulated sugar 2 tablespoons
  • ground cinnamon (optional) 1 teaspoon
  • Glaze:
  • Canned evaporated milk or egg white 1
  • ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon
  • sugar ¼ cup

Preparation
  1. For Pumpkin Filling: Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the brown sugar until it dissolves with the butter. Stir in the pumpkin and the spices. Continue to stir over medium heat for about 10 minutes. Make sure the filling is not too watery; otherwise let it cook for a couple more minutes.
  2. Remove the saucepan from the heat and let it cool down. After it has cooled off for about 15 minutes, put the filling in the refrigerator to help it set for 30 minutes or overnight.
  3. You can make the empanada dough after your filling has chilled: Mix the first 3 dry ingredients. Cut in the shortening. It is best to use your hands. Add the eggs, milk, sugar, and cinnamon. Continue to work in with your hands until you have a soft dough. Split the dough in half, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for about 20 to 30 minutes.
  4. Assemble and bake empanadas: Take out half the dough and split it into 6 equal balls of dough.
  5. On a floured surface, roll out the dough balls into small round circles.
  6. Place a circle on each mold of the IMUSA empanada maker. Place a small dollop of pumpkin filling on one half of each of the dough circles. Fold over the dough to cover filling. The empanadas will be sealed with the empanada maker.
  7. Brush each empanada with some canned evaporated milk or egg whites, sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar mixture.
  8. Preheat the IMUSA empanada maker. Once the green light is on close the lid and bake for 8 to10 minutes, until golden brown.
  9. Repeat with remaining dough and filling.

Rustic Molcajete Salsa

Rustic Molcajete Salsa
Fresh salsas are a staple of the Mexican diet. Use of the volcanic rock Molcajete or mortar and pestle is important not only to grind the ingredients but to combine the flavors.

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Cuisine: Mexican
Recipe type: Appetizer, Snack

Ingredients
  • clove of garlic 1
  • salt 1 teaspoon
  • cumin seeds 1 pinch
  • black pepper corns 1 pinch
  • Serrano or Jalapeno chiles to taste 1 to 4
  • Roma or Saladet tomatoes 2
  • Mexican beer ¼ cup
  • apple cider vinegar 1 teaspoon

Preparation
  1. Roast the chiles, onion, garlic and tomatoes on a hot IMUSA Comal or griddle.
  2. Peel the chiles and the tomatoes.
  3. After roasting the garlic, chiles, onions and tomatoes, crush all of ingredients one by one in a IMUSA Molcajete or lava rock mortar and pestle, starting with the spices and the garlic until all of the solid ingredients are in the Molcajete.
  4. Mix in the beer and cider.

 

 

Pineapple Tamales

Pineapple Tamales
This recipe takes traditional Mexican Masa tamales and adds a sweet touch using Mexican cinnamon, pineapple, sugar, pecans, and raisins!

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Cuisine: Mexican
Recipe type: Appetizer, Snack

Ingredients
  • corn husks 20 to 25
  • corn tortilla flour (“masa harina de maiz”) 1 pound
  • pork lard or butter 3 ounces
  • shortening 3 ounces
  • water 8 cups
  • Mexican cinnamon sticks 3
  • Ounces pineapple 13 ounces
  • sugar ¾ cup
  • brown sugar ½ cup
  • pecans ½ cup
  • raisins ½ cup

Preparation
  1. Place corn husks in an IMUSA STOCK POT and cover with water. Place a plate on top of the husks so they sink to the bottom of the pot.
  2. In another stock pot on high heat add the 8 cups of water along with the cinnamon sticks for 15 to 20 minutes or until the water has been thoroughly infused with the cinnamon flavor.
  3. Using an electric mixer on high speed, whip the pork lard and shortening until a fluffy consistency is achieved.
  4. Lower the speed to medium and add the corn tortilla flour slowly until it is completely incorporated into the lard.
  5. Slowly add 5 to 6 cups of the cinnamon water until the dough resembles peanut butter.
  6. Mix in the rest of the ingredients with an IMUSA SPATULA.
  7. Remove the corn husks from the water.
  8. Assemble the tamales by placing 1⁄3 cup of dough into the middle of each corn husk without spreading it.
  9. Fold one side of the corn husk covering the filling then fold the other side. Fold up the pointed end across. Lay each tamale fold-side down. There should be an open end in each tamale where the husk had previously connected to the cob.
  10. Once the tamales are folded, fill the IMUSA TAMALE STEAMER with water just below the fill line and place the steam tray on the rack.
  11. Carefully place each tamale open end up on the steam tray and bring the water to a simmer. Place the lid on the steamer and steam for 30 to 40 minutes on high heat. Allow the tamales to cool for 15 minutes before serving or they will stick to the husks.