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Goat Cheese Cigars

Today is a wanderlust post–I’ve been missing traveling and the amazingly delicious and fresh food that comes with it so today’s post was inspired by a spiral-shaped cheese pastry my family had at a few restaurants in Greece. Essentially it’s a pastry stuffed with cheese drizzled with honey. Um, yes please. I mede my own with each of those components. It definitely didn’t taste exactly like the originals, but how bad can crispy filo dough, creamy cheese and a drizzle of sweetness taste. Spoiler, not bad at all!!

Below are a few pictures of the Greek inspiration and my recipe to follow. Next time, I’m going to try adding some lavender! If you give this a try, let me know how it turns out in the comments below and don’t forget to give me a follow @Newsforchews on Instagram! 

Ingredients:

  • 10 sheets of filo dough (keep some handy in case the sheets rip; you won’t use the entire package either)
  • Honey
  • Dried thyme leaves (with fresh for garnish)
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 4 ounces goat cheese or block of feta (if making both use 2 oz each!)

Instructions:

  • Let filo dough thaw completely before working with it
  • Lay filo dough on clean counter and cover with a just damp paper towel (be sure to ring it out as much as possible so that it is hardly damp or it will stick to the filo dough). It’s important to keep all of the filo dough you’re not working with slightly damp as it will dry up if you don’t!
  • If working with goat cheese, prepare the cheese by taking a heaping TSP of the cheese and forming it into a log about 3-4 inches in length (it’s best to form all of the cheese before starting to assemble)
  • If working with feta, cut block in 1/2 lengthwise and then cut into 1/2 inch logs
  • Prepare two cookie sheets lined with parchment paper or tin foil 
  • Preheat oven to 375
  • Take 1 filo sheet, cut in half lengthwise and gently brush each half with melted butter. Be careful and don’t get frustrated if the filo rips! That’s what your additional pieces are for!
  • At the shorter end, place goat cheese log or feta cheese about 1 inch from the bottom
  • Drizzle cheese with honey
  • Sprinkle a pinch of thyme leaves on the opposite end of the cheese
  • Starting at the goat cheese end, roll the filo dough up tightly about half of the way, fold the sides in and continue rolling
  • Brush the end with melted butter to seal the edge closed
  • Place on cookie sheet with seam down
  • Repeat until you’ve used all of the filo dough sheets have been used 

  • If you’re working with 2 different cheeses, I’d suggest laying them on the cookie sheets differently and writing down which is which so you can tell the two apart.
  • Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown
  • Remove from oven, plate and drizzle with honey and garnish with fresh thyme

Goat Cheese Cigars

Course Appetizer
Servings 6 people

Ingredients
  

  • 10 sheets of filo dough (keep some handy in case the sheets rip; you won't use the entire package either)
  • Honey
  • Dried thyme leaves (with fresh for garnish)
  • 1/2 cup 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 4 oz goat cheese or block of feta (if making both use 2 oz each!) 

Instructions
 

  • Let filo dough thaw completely before working with it
  • Lay filo dough on clean counter and cover with a just damp paper towel (be sure to ring it out as much as possible so that it is hardly damp or it will stick to the filo dough). It's important to keep all of the filo dough you're not working with slightly damp as it will dry up if you don't!
  • If working with goat cheese, prepare the cheese by taking a heaping TSP of the cheese and forming into a log about 3-4 inches in length (it's best to form all of the cheese before starting to assemble)If working with feta, cut block in 1/2 lengthwise and then cut into 1/2 inch logs
  • Prepare two cookie sheets lined with parchment paper or tin foil 
  • Preheat oven to 375
  • Take 1 filo sheet, cut in half lengthwise and gently brush each half with melted butter. Be careful and don't get frustrated if the filo rips! That's what your additional pieces are for!
  • At the shorter end, place goat cheese log or feta cheese about 1 inch from the bottom
  • Drizzle cheese with honeySprinkle a pinch of thyme leaves on the opposite end of the cheese
  • Starting at the goat cheese end, roll the filo dough up tightly about half of the way, fold the sides in and continue rolling
  • Brush the end with melted butter to seal the edge closed
  • Place on cookie sheet with seam down
  • Repeat until you've used all of the filo dough sheets have been used 
  • If you're working with 2 different cheeses, I'd suggest laying them on the cookie sheets differently and writing down which is which so you can tell the two apart.
  • Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown
  • Remove from oven, plate and drizzle with honey and garnish with fresh thyme

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