Canastitas (“little baskets” in Spanish) make a great alternative to traditional empanadas.
They’re a bit quicker to put together and 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 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.
These make an excellent appetizer or a light meal when combined with a green salad. ¡Buen provecho!