These pesto goats cheese filo parcels are a delicious little bite of goodness. Crisp, flaky pastry, smooth creamy goats cheese and the fabulous flavors of pesto. They’re perfect for entertaining too.
These pesto goats cheese filo parcels are based on something my sister in law made for us one time years ago. My mum made them once or twice after, but it was then years until I made them again, but the memory had stuck. I’ve adapted them slightly – the original were bigger and more of a full appetizer (and a lot of cheese). This version is more bite-sized and a lovely balance of cheese, pesto and crisp pastry. They’re perfect to serve guests at a party, or just make them any excuse to enjoy them.
I made these for my elder son’s first birthday party a few years ago. To say I went a little overboard on food might be an understatement, especially given the one year olds mainly devoured the watermelon, noodle salad and muffins. But in fairness the adults did a good job of making sure hardly anything was left. These pesto goats cheese filo parcels were one of the first things to disappear and got lots of admiring comments. I’ve been meaning to post them here for ages, although it has taken a while as you can see.
How they’re made
These are easy to make as all you do is layer up some pieces of filo pastry, put a piece of cheese on top of each, top with a little pesto then scrunch it together. Brush with a little more oil, if needed, then bake until golden. The one tricky bit is the pastry can dry out if you don’t work with it quickly. This means it will crumble rather than come together and so the filling may leak. The best thing to do is only make a small number at a time – even two is good – and keep the rest of your pastry wrapped up. Then repeat until you are done.
These pesto goats cheese filo parcels are such a delicious combination. Crisp, flaky pastry, smooth creamy goats cheese and the fabulous flavors of pesto to bring it together. So make up a batch and treat your guests at your next dinner party.
A delicious combination of crisp pastry, smooth goats cheese and a touch of pesto, these pesto goats cheese filo parcels make a great party appetizer.
- 8 sheets filo pastry
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 1/4 lb goats cheese 110g, recommend using slice of chevre log with a firm crust
- 4 tbsp pesto
Preheat oven to 375F/190C.
Take one sheet of pastry at a time and cut it into 6 roughly square pieces - in half lengthwise then divided into three on longer side. Brush 3 of them lightly with oil and put the other 3 on top at an angle. Brush them again with oil. Take another sheet of pastry and cut it into 6 then put 2 more layers, brushing in between, on top of each stack.
Divide the piece of cheese into 12 - if a chevre log, cut it into 6 triangles then each triangle in half to give thin wedges. Put on on top of each stack of pastry in the middle, put 1tsp of pesto on top of each one then carefully scrunch the pastry together to form a bundle. Brush lightly with oil on the outside to help it hold together then transfer to a baking sheet. Repeat with the rest of the pastry, cheese and pastry.
Bake the pastry parcels in the oven for approx 10 minutes until golden brown. Best served warm.
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