Squash and Kohlrabi Empanadas

S found this recipe last week, which uses both the kohlrabi we picked up at the market, and a bag of yellow squash frozen from last year. Gotta work on emptying the freezer this time of year…

Yellow Squash and Kohlrabi Empanadas (based on this recipe)

1-2 Tbsp olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 smallish piece fresh ginger, minced
2 kohlrabi bulbs, peeled and cubed
1 large yellow squash, cubed
2 green onions, chopped
1/2 cup chopped fresh spinach (or kale)
1 pinch ground nutmeg
Salt and Pepper
1 (15 ounce) package pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie (better  yet, make your own)

Heat olive oil and butter in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in garlic and ginger; cook and stir until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Stir in kohlrabi, and season with salt and pepper. Cook and stir until kohlrabi has softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Toss in yellow squash and continue to cook until squash is tender. Stir in the green onion, spinach, and nutmeg. Add more salt and pepper, as needed. Cook until the spinach has wilted, about 1 minute. Set mixture aside to cool.

Preheat oven to 425 F.

Roll out the pie crust by running a rolling pin over it once or twice. Cut out 6-inch circles using a large cookie cutter or cereal bowl – the recipe says it’ll make about 16; I got six, though I only used enough dough for a single crust. Fill the center of each circle with about 1 tablespoon of the kohlrabi mixture. Brush the edges of the pastry with water, then fold the dough in half – this isn’t like making a calzone, which uses a nice stretchy dough; expect that the dough will fall apart a bit. Either that, or you’re better at working with pie crust than I. Crimp the edge of the dough with a fork to seal, and place on the prepared baking sheet.

Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown and flaky, 7-10 minutes. Serve hot from the oven. Even C ate all of his.

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