• Stella Hanan Cohen

Pumpkin and Cheese Coiled Pastries Boyos de kalavasa – rodanchas


Pumpkin or butternut filo-like coiled pastries are delectable, fragrant with warming spices of cinnamon and cloves. The distinctive coil or ‘rose’ shape is said to be symbolic of the Island of Roses (the name the Italians gave to the beautiful island of Roses - Rhodes). These flaky ‘boyos’ are wonderful served at brunch, with coffee, or even as part of a meze with drinks. Traditionally, pumpkin-filled pastries are offered at the Sephardic New Year table and would also make a great addition to a festive Thanksgiving dinner! For a simpler method use ready-made filo with the pumpkin filling and fold into triangles – see Stella’s Sephardic Table for recipe, twist on tradition, p.196.


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