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Stuffed empanadas recipe

Stuffed empanadas recipe

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These healthy tapas-inspired empanadas, packed with a mixture of richly-spiced turkey mince, raisins and capers, and finished with a sprinkle of cumin or sesame seeds, are a perfect addition to any al fresco spread. See method

  • Serves 6 (makes 12)
  • 15 mins to prepare and 35-40 mins to cook
  • 156 calories / serving
  • Healthy
  • Dairy-free


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp crushed chillies
  • 1 tbsp raisins or sultanas
  • 1 tbsp capers in brine, drained
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 x 250g pack turkey mince
  • 1 x 375g pack ready-rolled light shortcrust pastry
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tbsp cumin or sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp flat-leaf parsley, to serve
If you don't have mince, cut open some sausages instead

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    8g 11%
  • Saturates

    3g 15%
  • Sugars

    2g 2%
  • Salt

    0.4g 7%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 14.3g Protein 8.2g Fibre 1.5g


  1. In a frying pan over a low heat, add the oil and sauté the onion and garlic for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the spices, raisins, capers, tomato purée, 2 tbsp water and the turkey mince to the pan and sauté, stirring often, for 10 minutes, or until the mince is cooked through. Season, then leave to cool completely.
  3. Preheat the oven to gas 6, 200°C, fan 180°C. While the mince is cooling, roll out the pastry to a rectangle measuring roughly 30cm x 40cm and cut into twelve 10cm squares. Divide the turkey mix between each square and brush the edges with a little beaten egg. Fold one side of each square over to make a triangle and then press down the edges with a fork to seal.
  4. Brush the tops with a little more egg and sprinkle with black pepper and the cumin or sesame seeds. Put on a baking tray lined with nonstick baking paper and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, until golden and crisp. Scatter over the parsley to serve.

Tip: Make the empanadas the night before. After step 3 put on a lined tray, cover with baking paper, wrap in clingfilm and chill. The next day, simply bake as in step 4.

Freezing and defrosting guidelines

Freeze the cooked empanadas only. Allow to cool completely, wrap well in clingfilm and tin foil (to prevent freezer burn) and freeze for up to 3 months.

Loosen the tin foil and clingfilm but leave to defrost in packaging at room temperature for several hours before serving. If you wish to serve the baked goods warm, place them on a baking sheet for 10 minutes in a moderate oven.

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