Chilean-Style Sopaipillas

Chilean-Style Sopaipillas This is a traditional Chilean snack, or maybe an appetizer. The truth is that it’s a snack eaten during winter time, especially when it rains. It is typical to arrive home after walking through the rainy streets of Santiago and sit down to have a cup of tea and eat a couple of sopaipillas. You can also eat ones sold by street vendors, but they usually don’t taste as good as home-made ones. If you can’t find zapallo, pumpkin is a good substitute.

Ingredients

Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

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Time Details

    PREP : 20 mins

    COOK : 25 mins

    TOTAL : 15 mins

    SERVING : 12

    YIELD : 12 servings

  • Peel, seed, and cut the zapallo into chunks. Place in a saucepan, cover with water, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook until zapallo is soft and easily pierced with a fork, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain and allow to cool slightly.

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  • Mix the flour, baking soda, and salt together in a mixing bowl, and set aside. Stir together the squash and melted butter. Stir the flour mixture into the butter mixture until blended. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until soft and satiny, adding a little more flour if necessary. Cover dough with a towel and allow to rest 15 minutes.

  • Roll out the dough to 1/8 inch thick, and cut into 3 inch diameter circles. Poke each circle a few times with a fork to make holes and prevent rising.

  • Pour vegetable oil into a large, deep skillet and heat over medium-high heat until hot, 385 degrees F (195 degrees C). Place several of the dough circles into hot oil; cook until lightly browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Cook remainder of dough circles in batches.

Per Serving: 286 calories; protein 4.9g; carbohydrates 35.6g; fat 13.8g; cholesterol 25.4mg; sodium 368.6mg. Zapallo, sometimes called Jamaican pumpkin, is a type of winter squash from South America. If it’s not available, sugar pumpkin makes a good substitute.