Have You Tried Canastitas Caprese? Recipe

These open-faced empanadas with tomato, basil and mozzarella are faster take on traditional empanadas


Canastitas Caprese

Canastitas, (“little baskets”) make a great alternative to traditional empanadas. They’re a bit quicker to put together, and they appeal to those who eat first with their eyes because they can see the filling. The classic combination of tomato, basil and mozzarella brings fresh, bright flavors to the plate, but you can use any number of fillings, just as you would with empanadas. I particularly like canastitas for cheesy fillings, however, since you don’t have to worry about them exploding and leaking melted cheese like empanadas tend to do.

This recipe, which yields 12 servings, makes an excellent appetizer or a light meal when combined with a green salad. ¡Buen provecho!












Canastitas Caprese

12 empanada shells
3 small tomatoes, chopped
6 oz. mozzarella cheese, diced
10 basil leaves, chiffonade [thinly sliced>
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste