Friday, 24 January 2014

Caerphilly Cheese, Walnut and Leek Filo Parcels (Vegetarian)

Flaky filo pastry, surrounding melting Caerphilly cheese, sweet leeks and crunchy walnuts, and they cook in just 10 minutes… 

When I made the Nutella Filo Bites, I felt I needed a savoury companion for them. And here they are. I've always loved the combination of walnuts with cheese and so decided to use Caerphilly (which is a nutty cheese in itself) along with leeks, too. They're perfect for parties, to serve as a nibble alongside other canapés or just make a batch one Sunday afternoon. 

caerphilly cheese leek with walnut filo parcels

Caerphilly, Walnut and Leek Filo Parcels
Makes 16-20 depending on size
Ingredients
270g pack filo pastry, thawed if frozen
approx 200g salted butter, melted
220g Caerphilly cheese, chopped
1 large leek, washed, trimmed and sliced fairly thinly
16 walnut halves, chopped

Method
First, cook the leek. Melt one teaspoon of the butter in a frying pan and add the sliced leek, stir-frying for about 5 minutes until softens and begins to turn golden. Take off the heat and leave to cool.

Meanwhile, open out the sheets of fill pastry in front of you, with the longest side facing you. With a sharp knife, cut three equal strips down the filo, so you have four piles of long thin rectangular sheets of pastry. Brush the pastry with a little butter. 

Now you can start to fill your parcels. Take a small pinch of the cheese, then the leeks and then a few pieces of chopped walnut and place it, in a little pile, in the top right-hand corner of one of the strips. 

Fold this corner down to form a triangle with the pastry and then fold downwards to make a parcel in a samosa shape. Add a bit more butter to the pastry if you think you need to. Lift the finished parcel onto a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper. Repeat for the rest of the parcels until the filling and pastry is all used up.  

Bake in an oven preheated to 200ºC/Gas mark 6 for 10 minutes, or until golden and crisp. These parcels are wonderful just slightly cooled from the oven and served warm, but can be served cold too. 


caerphilly cheese with walnuts


1 comment:

  1. I love the sound of these - I've only used filo pastry once but I do always like it when I go out.

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