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Mini Filo Pies with Castello® Velvet Blue Cheese and Ham

Mini Filo Pies with Castello® Velvet Blue Cheese and Ham

8 pcs

Use these mini filo pies as a starter or a snack for good company. With their savoury and sweet flavour mixed with the crunchy filo pastry, they go well with other small tarts or snacks, so they fit on almost any platter you would serve for guests or on a Friday night's family dinner. You can easily make these filo pastry snacks in advance.

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ingredients

  • 24 sheets of filo pastry (approx. 10x10cm)
  • 1 Castello® Velvet Blue cheese 125g (save some to crumble)
  • 100 g creme fraiche
  • 75 g butter
  • 4 slices salted ham
  • 1 - 2 figs
  • 4 tsp of runny honey
  • oregano
  • salt

preparation

1. Preheat your oven to 200C (fan on).

2. Melt the butter in a pan.

3. Meanwhile, grease your muffin tin (8 holes).

4. Once melted, brush the filo pastry with the butter and layer 3 pieces on top of each other in each muffin hole. Bake for approx. 10 minutes, or until golden and crisp.

5. Mix your Castello Velvet Blue and crème fraiche together in a bowl, add salt to taste. (Save 1/3 of your Castello Velvet Blue to crumble at the end.)

6. Cut the figs into wedges and slice the ham in half.

7. Fill the filo pies with your creamy cheese filling, top with ham, figs and crumble more Velvet Blue on top.

8. Add some fresh oregano and a bit of honey and serve straight away.

Tips & Tricks

Tips & Tricks

Make the creamy cheese and the crispy filo in advance, so you can enjoy a freshly baked filo pastry pie ready in no time.

Sensory hack tip

Sensory hack tip

For the best result, make sure the filo does not dry out by covering it with a piece of baking paper or a dry tea towel, which you then cover with a damp tea towel. Keep the filo pastry covered like this until you are ready to use it.

Serving Suggestion

Serving Suggestion

Serve the mini filo pies as part of a bigger buffet of finger foods or on their own as a pre-dinner snack

FAQs

  • How to make mini filo pie snacks?

    In this recipe, we bake the filo sheets in a muffin tin and add a filling consisting of creamy cheese, figs, and ham topped off with honey, oregano, and crumbled cheese.

  • Can you use filo dough for pie crust?

    Filo dough does a great job in pies. As opposed to ordinary pie crust, the filo dough has layers and therefore is less bread-ish. So, the texture of the pie will be different, but in some pies – such as the mini filo pies in this recipe – it is only a good thing.

  • Is filo pastry the same as puff pastry?

    Filo pastry and puff pastry are not the same, but they are similar. Puff pastry is denser, while filo pastry is lighter and crumblier. Filo dough does not have as many layers as puff pastry, so when baked it rises less and is more crunchy than puffy.