Toddler Café Tuesday - Pumpkin Pockets

Lucky you...it's.....Toddler Café Tuesday. Our book has been out about a year now and I thought it was time to start sharing more of the recipes with you my loyal readers. 

Have a leftover can of pumpkin lurking in your pantry from Thanksgiving?? "What do I do with it you ask?" Get the kids and make Pumpkin Pockets!  
The sun is getting warmer and the days are getting longer and that means the kids will be playing outside more. They will want to play until the mosquitoes are buzzing and the sun is going down. I say keep them in as long as you can, cooking at your side, not because I don't like playing outside but because cooking with them is so fun!
I love having my daughter in the kitchen, sometimes it can slow me down but mostly it is wonderful. 
Here is a very easy recipe, if they like ravioli they will love making these. Make sure to let them fill and seal the pasta, they will be more likely to eat it in the end.

Pumpkin Pockets

Here is a very easy way to make homemade ravioli. Gyoza wrappers can be baked, fried, or boiled like pasta. In this case the wrappers cook up just like pasta, with a creamy inside. Serve with browned cinnamon butter, or just plain as a great finger food. Freeze extra Pockets for those nights when the kids are hungry and you’re too tired to cook. Just boil, drain, and serve.


Makes 60 ravioli


8 ounces cream cheese

One 15-ounce can pumpkin puree

1 teaspoon kosher salt plus 1 tablespoon for pasta water

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 package (60) round gyoza wrappers (see Note)

2 tablespoons butter, for garnish

Grated Parmesan cheese, for garnish


Place the cream cheese in a microwave-safe bowl, and heat on high for 30 seconds to soften. Add the pumpkin and stir to combine. Add 1 teaspoon of the salt, the nutmeg, and cinnamon, and mix with a stick blender or by hand until the filling is smooth.


Place a 1/2 teaspoon-sized ball of filling in the center of each wrapper. Wet the edges with water and fold the ravioli over to form half moons. Pinch to close, pressing down lightly around the mounds of filling to prevent air bubbles.


Bring a large pot of water to a boil add 1 tablespoon of the salt. Gently add the ravioli, and cook for about 4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until they float. (Depending on the size of the pot, you may have to cook them in batches.) Drain the pasta and toss them with butter and Parmesan.


Recipe Notes:

·      If you are cooking frozen Pumpkin Pockets, extend the cooking time to 6 minutes.

·      If you have whole nutmeg, use your micro grater or box grater to grate it into the filling.

·      Wonton wrappers are square and gyoza are round and slightly thicker, but they are essentially made of the same ingredients. You can use either for this recipe; the flavor and cooking time will be longer for gyoza.

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Anonymous said...

What if you don't have a microwave to heat the cream cheese up in? Could you do it on a stovetop?

Jennifer Carden said...

Great question...I would just leave out to get it to room temp, you should be fine.

Damaris said...

I have a open can of pumpkin in the fridge right now. I need to try this. I blog about cooking for kids. This is a great idea. I bet my toddler would like this