“Tortitas de Calabazas” (pumpkin patties)

 

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Tortas de Calabaza (Photo: Margarita)

My mother had an arsenal of special side dishes and treats—all home made with natural, wholesome ingredients. This one, though with a scent of autumn, is a Puerto Rican treat with its roots in Spain and for my family the Canary Islands where my mother’s maternal ancestors were from. “Tortitas de Calabazas” is a year round appetizer, side dish or dessert if you live in Puerto Rico, the Caribbean or the Canary Islands. But for those living where pumpkin grows seasonal, it’s a fall treat. Prepared with spices—the warming of cinnamon, the sweetness of brown sugar, the protein of eggs and the energy of this carbohydrate high in beta-carotene—makes Tortitas de Calabazas a special treat any time of the day. It is like a pancake, but much smaller since there is less flour and more pumpkin. Though they are traditionally fried, I sauté them on a skillet as if I were making pancakes.

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Below is my recipe, a spin off from my mother’s. This one is gluten free. ¡Buen provecho!

“Tortitas de Calabazas” (pumpkin patties)

by Margarita Persico

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (200 g) pumpkin
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons of brown sugar, maple syrup, Stevia or the sweetener of your choice (may add more sugar or less to taste)
  • ½ – 1 tablespoon cinnamon or pumpkin spices
  • ½ cup (100 g) of gluten free flour
  • vegetable oil

Instructions

  • wash pumpkin and egg
  • cook pumpkin or use can
  • in a bowl or food processor mash or puree a cup of pumpkin
  • in a small bowl beat 1 egg and then add to mixture above
  • add ½ cup of the flour of your choice
  • Add sugar and spices
  • Mix all ingredients
  • If mixture is too watery add more flour until the consistency is of a thick pancake batter.
  • Heat skillet with some canola or oil of your choice.
  • Scoop one large tablespoon and make medallion size pancakes. The smaller the spoonful, the easier to handle.

Tips

  • May top with confectionary sugar, cranberry sauce or just enjoy alone. They are delicious!

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  1. O.m.g. thank you! My wela used to make these every thanksgiving and I wanted to make them this year but I had no clue what they were called and what exactly to put in. But now I do! “) but we fry them and top them with more sugar. But thank you again!

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