Cranberry Feta Filo Cigars are a delightful appetizer or snack that combines the tangy and creamy flavors of feta cheese with the sweet and tart notes of cranberries, all wrapped up in crispy filo pastry. Here’s a simple recipe to make these delicious treats:
- 1 package of filo pastry sheets (approximately 12 sheets)
- 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Melted butter for brushing
- Optional: honey for drizzling
- Prepare the Filo Sheets:
- Ensure that the filo pastry sheets are fully thawed according to the package instructions.
- Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Prepare the Filling:
- In a mixing bowl, combine the crumbled feta cheese, dried cranberries, chopped fresh parsley, and olive oil.
- Season the mixture with a pinch of salt and a dash of black pepper. Be careful with the salt since feta is naturally salty.
- Assemble the Cigars:
- Lay out one sheet of filo pastry on a clean surface.
- Brush the filo sheet with melted butter. You can use a pastry brush or your fingers.
- Place another sheet of filo on top of the first one and brush it with butter as well.
- Repeat this process until you have stacked about 4-5 filo sheets on top of each other.
- Cut and Fill:
- Use a knife to cut the layered filo sheets into strips, roughly 3 inches wide.
- Place a spoonful of the feta and cranberry filling at the end of each strip.
- Fold the sides over the filling and then roll the strip into a cigar-like shape, making sure the filling is enclosed. Continue this process with the remaining sheets and filling.
- Place the filo cigars on the prepared baking sheet, seam side down.
- Brush the tops of the cigars with more melted butter.
- Bake in the preheated oven for about 15-20 minutes or until the cigars are golden brown and crispy.
- Remove the cranberry feta filo cigars from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes.
- If desired, drizzle them with a little honey for a touch of sweetness.
- Serve them warm as an appetizer or snack. Enjoy!
These cranberry feta filo cigars are a perfect blend of flavors and textures, making them a crowd-pleaser at parties and gatherings.