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Pizza empanadas

Pizza empanadas (or empanadas caprese) are delicious little pastries filled with cheese, mozzarella and basil. They’re always popular with my kids and are lunchbox friendly. Vegan version included.
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Snack
Cuisine Argentine
Servings 24
Calories 60 kcal


For the filling

  • 2 medium tomatoes
  • Small handful basil leaves
  • 50 g grated mozzarella or vegan alternative
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper optional

For the empanadas

  • 375 g sheet ready rolled shortcrust pastry
  • 1 tablespoon milk for brushing, I used oat milk


  • Preheat your oven to 180°C (fan)/200°C/gas mark 6. Get a baking tray out and line with baking paper (you can use the paper from your ready rolled pastry if you’re using that).
  • Slice the tomatoes in half. Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and discard, then chop into small pieces. Place in a bowl.
  • Tear the basil leaves into small pieces and add to the bowl.
  • Add 50g grated mozzarella, or vegan alternative, and 1 tablespoon olive oil or alternative. Stir well and season with salt and pepper if desired.
  • Add a little flour to your work surface. Roll out your pastry or unroll your ready rolled pastry and place it on the work surface.
  • Use a small cookie cutter* to cut out circles of pastry.
  • Put the pastry circle in the palm of your hand and place a teaspoon of filling in the middle (a little more if you’ve gone for a larger size). Don’t be tempted to overfill or they’ll burst open in the oven.
  • Fold the top of the pastry over and press the edges shut with your finger tips or a fork. Place on the baking tray. Repeat with the remaining dough, re-rolling the leftover scraps as needed.
  • Once they’re all done lightly prick each one with a fork to make a few holes in the top of the pastry. Brush with a little milk.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Allow to cool a little before eating, especially if giving to little children.


*If you don't have a small cookie cutter you could use a glass or a small bowl to cut out your circles of pastry.


Calories: 60kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 2gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 89mgPotassium: 38mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 101IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 14mgIron: 1mg
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