This month’s recipe is a brilliant idea for a Valentine’s meal starter. These crispy parcels certainly bring the flavour! Sweet, spicy and rich all at once, the combination of crumbly cheese and honey infused with garlic and chilli is inspired. An added bonus is that they can be made ahead of time and baked ready to pull out of the oven at the perfect moment.
We discovered that a mixture of Cornish Crumbly and Feta works well, alongside local honey and mild-medium fresh chillies from Cornish Chillies.
Pack of filo pastry
200g Cornish Crumbly
1 jar of local honey
2 red chillies, finely sliced
3 cloves garlic, finely sliced
2 sprigs rosemary
A sprinkling of Nigella Seeds
First, infuse the honey, ideally a few days before you plan to use it. You will need to remove 2 tbsp from the jar to give enough room to add the other ingredients. Add the sliced chillies and garlic along with the sprigs of rosemary to the jar of honey and close tightly. This will keep perfectly well for a long time.
When you’re ready to make the cigars, pre-heat the oven to 180°C.
Grate the Cornish Crumbly and Feta, and mix together.
Next, melt your butter in a heatproof dish in the microwave. Unroll the sheet of filo and take off the top layer, cut it in half, giving you the basis of two cigars. Cover the unused pastry with a damp cloth while you work with your first sheet.
Paint a thin layer of butter over one half, then fold that piece in half along the longest edge so you have a long thin double layered section with butter in the middle. Cut this in half to give two rectangles. Place 10-15g of the grated cheese mix at the bottom of each rectangle, then fold in the sides and roll, using melted butter to stick the edges. You should end up with a cigar shape that is sealed on all sides. Repeat with further sheets until you’ve used all the cheese.
Butter the outside of each cigar and sprinkle with nigella seeds.
Bake in the oven for 15-20 mins or until lightly golden.
Serve warm, drizzled liberally in the spiced garlic honey.