Low-carb Spanish tuna pie (empanada gallega)

Low-carb Spanish tuna pie (empanada gallega)

Visit Spain from your kitchen with this low-carb "empanada", a pie filled with tuna, peppers, tomato, and chopped egg. In this low-carb version, we used a fathead dough with a traditional filling. Once you have mastered the technique, you can use any filling you like.

Low-carb Spanish tuna pie (empanada gallega)

Visit Spain from your kitchen with this low-carb "empanada", a pie filled with tuna, peppers, tomato, and chopped egg. In this low-carb version, we used a fathead dough with a traditional filling. Once you have mastered the technique, you can use any filling you like.
USMetric
4 servingservings

Ingredients

Filling
  • 2 2 eggeggs
  • 3 tbsp 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 (4 oz.) 1 (110 g) yellow onion, dicedyellow onions, diced
  • 1 (5 oz.) 1 (140 g) green bell pepper, choppedgreen bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 (4 oz.) 1 (120 g) red bell pepper, choppedred bell peppers, chopped
  • 11 oz. 300 g tomato sauce
  • 9 oz. 260 g tuna in olive oil, drained
  • salt or ground black pepper to taste
Pie crust
  • 1 1 eggeggs
  • 1½ cups (6 oz.) 350 ml (170 g) almond flour
  • 1½ cups (6 oz.) 350 ml (170 g) mozzarella cheese
  • 1½ oz. (3 tbsp) 45 g (45 ml) cream cheese
  • 2 pinches 2 pinches salt
  • 1 1 egg yolk to give the crust a shiny golden coloregg yolks to give the crust a shiny golden color
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Instructions

Instructions are for 4 servings. Please modify as needed.

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Filling

  3. Boil water in a medium-sized pot. Lower the eggs carefully in the water with a slotted spoon and let them cook for 10 minutes. Once they are cooked, remove them from the water and place them in a bowl of cold water to peel them more easily. Peel and chop them.
  4. In a frying pan, heat olive oil. Add the bell peppers and onions and stir-fry with a pinch of salt for 15 minutes until the onion is translucent and the peppers are very soft.
  5. Add the tuna and the tomato sauce and stir well. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cook on low for 5 more minutes.
  6. Remove from the heat, add the chopped hard-boiled eggs and stir again to integrate them into the mixture. Set aside.
  7. Pie crust

  8. In a bowl, mix the egg, almond flour, and salt. Stir together.
  9. In another bowl, add the shredded mozzarella and cream cheese and microwave for two minutes, watching closely to make sure it does not burn. Mix well with the help of a spatula. Then add to the egg and flour mixture.
  10. Knead well with moistened hands until a homogeneous dough ball is formed.
  11. Assembling the pie

  12. Divide the dough into 2 parts, one larger for the base and the other slightly smaller, for the top.
  13. Roll out the larger half between two sheets of baking paper, with the help of a rolling pin, into a rectangular shape the size of the baking dish or pan to be used.
  14. Take the top sheet of parchment paper off, leaving the bottom layer of parchment paper underneath, and place in a rectangular pan. Add and spread the filling evenly over the bottom layer of dough, leaving a margin of 1 cm at the edges.
  15. Using the same method, roll out the other half of the dough again between two sheets of parchment paper. Once the dough is rolled out, remove both sheets and place the dough on top of the filling. With a fork, tuck and score the edges well to seal the pie.
  16. Using a kitchen brush, brush the top of the empanada with the egg yolk. Bake for 30 minutes.

Tips

For an authentic Spanish experience, enjoy the empanada once it has cooled.

Once made, you can enjoy it for 2 or 3 days. For best preservation, we recommend that you store it in a cool place, cover it with a cloth and keep it away from heat sources or sunlight.

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6 comments

  1. Gwenn
    Do you drain the oil from the tuna before adding it to the pan?
    Reply: #2
  2. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    Do you drain the oil from the tuna before adding it to the pan?

    Yes, you will want to drain it first. Thanks for asking! We've updated the instructions.

  3. Ruth
    The instructions say to brush the crust with egg yolk but the pie crust ingredients only include one egg for the crust recipe. Does this mean you are supposed to separate the egg and just use the egg white for the pie crust?
    Reply: #4
  4. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    The instructions say to brush the crust with egg yolk but the pie crust ingredients only include one egg for the crust recipe. Does this mean you are supposed to separate the egg and just use the egg white for the pie crust?

    Thank you for your feedback! Our team updated the ingredient list to include the egg yolk for brushing the crust.

  5. bassem.sabagh
    Hello - what do you mean by tomato sauce?
  6. bassem.sabagh
    Passata lol sorry, just saw

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