After taking you on a virtual trip to Southern Italy last week, this week we go to France!
I simply love recipes that have the looks and taste! And this here is one of those. Doesn’t the thyme hidden between the phyllo pastry’s sheets look lovely?
These goat cheese cigars are easy to make and consist of very few ingredients only (see step-by-step pictures below). I made this recipe for my family, and they made me bake them twice within two days. They loved them! Now imagine the goat cheese with a sprinkle of honey.. And if you can find lavender honey, trust me, your taste buds are going to celebrate a party! A French party. :) And on top they are a true eye-catcher!
Rachel Khoo suggests serving them with a salad. I served them by itself as a snack and together with other tapas. Oh btw, once I replaced the plain goat cheese with a fig flavored cheese. It was still very mild, not overwhelming at all. That’s just an alternative idea, if you want to try.
Allez, on y va!
- 1-2 sheets of phyllo pastry (quantity depends on the size of the sheets)
- 8 sprigs of fresh thyme
- 60 g / 2 oz of butter, melted
- 125 g / 4½ oz of goat cheese, creamy
- 4 tsp of honey (lavender honey, if possible)
- Preheat the oven to 180°C / 356°F.
- Roll out one sheet of the phyllo pastry on a countertop.
- Brush the surface generously with butter. (Note: Leave some butter for later.)
- Cut the sheet into 4 squares or rectangles (depending on the size).
- Place the thyme on the edge of each square (see step-by-step pictures).
- Fold the edge about 2 cm / ¾ " and brush with some butter.
- Crumble some goat cheese along the opposite edge.
- Sprinkle a little honey right next to the cheese.
- Start rolling the pastry on the cheese side, towards the thyme, until they look like a cigar.
- Place on a baking paper covered baking tray.
- Brush with the remaining butter.
- Bake for about 15 minutes, until crispy and golden brown.
- Serve immediately.
- Phyllo pastry tends to dry out very quickly. Therefore it needs to be stored in an airtight package, if you won't use all of it right away. Be careful when brushing, as the pastry sheets rip easily.
- Feel free to use different kind of herbs and spices, such as cayenne pepper, cumin or chili. You can also replace the honey with your favorite chutney or caramelized onions.