Chilean-Style Sopaipillas

Here's a great recipe that works well as an appetizer. I made the following Sopaipillas using pumpkin, however if you are able to find it, this recipe traditionally calls for zapollo squash. I served this for my Chilean wine & dine event with some cilantro and sour cream.

Chilean-Style Sopaipillas
recipe from AllRecipes

9 ounces zapallo squash (or 1 15oz can solid pumpkin)
4 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
10 tablespoons butter, melted
2 cups canola oil for pan-frying

If using squash: 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.

Mix the flour, baking soda, and salt together in a mixing bowl, and set aside. Stir together the squash (or canned pumpkin) 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. * I found it easier for me to pinch a bit of dough, roll it into a ball and flattening it.

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.

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