Chef Aaron McCargo Jr.'s Crunchy Picking Pumpkin Strudel

Just in time for the holidays, Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA), the nation’s leading network of dialysis facilities with locations all over the South, asked Celebrity Chef Aaron McCargo, Jr., star of Food Network’s “Big Daddy’s House,” to develop flavorful, yet kidney-friendly holiday recipes for patients on dialysis—and anyone else looking to cook up a delicious yet health-conscious recipe this season. For more information and dialysis-friendly recipes, please visit

Crunchy Picking Pumpkin Strudel

• 12 sheets phyllo dough
• 1½ cups canned pumpkin
• ¼ cup sugar
• 1 tablespoon cinnamon
• 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
• 2 tablespoon vanilla extract
• ½ stick (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter (melted)

Pre-heat oven to 375° F.

In medium-size bowl, mix canned pumpkin, nutmeg, vanilla, half the sugar and half the cinnamon until well mixed. Brush melted butter on bottom of non-stick medium-size sheet tray and in between every other phyllo sheet. (Be sure to save a little melted butter to brush the top of the rolled filled strudel, so go light when brushing in between layers.)

Stack the sheets together in one pile and pour mix on one edge of the stacked phyllo sheets, length side, then roll from filled end to unfilled end making sure the seam side ends up facing down. Place on a greased sheet tray seam side down and brush with remaining butter. Mix sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over the top and sides of the strudel. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and let rest for 5-10 minutes before cutting, to allow center to settle.

Serves 8
1 serving = 1 slice

Nutrient Analysis:
Calories 187 calories Trans Fat 0 grams
Protein 3 grams Cholesterol 15 milligrams
Carbohydrate 26 grams Potassium 126 milligrams
Total Fat 8 grams Phosphorus 40 milligrams
Saturated Fat 4 grams Sodium 141 milligrams

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