Sfogliatini di Filo con Fichi, Feta e Menta
Fig, Feta & Mint Filo Crackers
Here is a simple and fun idea. which would be wonderful as a little appetizer snack or even as an after-dinner treat.
There are people who would rather enjoy a cheese-platter than a sweet
dessert- and there are those that choose to go without. Well these
paper-thin crackers are both sweet and savory and also refreshing with a
hint of fresh mint. Very, very light, but just enough to enjoy with
your digestif or espresso!
There really is no recipe here- simply an idea and ideas are what
I am all about. I bought a pack of filo pastry yesterday and was
contemplating what all the uses of a pastry could be that is thin enough
to actually see through... and decided to make something where you did
To make these, I simply sliced a fig and some feta cheese into
the thinnest slices I could manage without them breaking. I also plucked
a number of leaves of fresh mint ready to go with them. I took a sheet
of filo pastry and lay out the cheese and fig slices across half of it
and placed a mint leaf here and there in-between them, making sure that
nothing overlapped. I then spread a very thin layer of honey onto the
other half of the pastry and a very light sprinkle of salt.
Then I simply folded the pastry together and pressed it down. You
have to move quickly as the pastry dries out very, very fast. Next,
either using a brush or simply using your hands, apply a little water to
the surface of the closed sheet of pastry- just a little, but enough to
make the two layers stick.
These crackers are going to be very, very thin and fragile- if
you prefer them to be a little thicker, simply use two layers of pastry.
Bake at a moderate heat for around 10 minutes, until the cheese melts
slightly and the figs soften up a little through the heat. Once they are
golden brown, remove them from the oven and after a minute or so of
cooling, cut into squares for serving. If you don't cut them whilst the
pastry is still a little soft, they will be too crumbly later.
And that is all there is to it! Snacks don't come much easier or much more sophisticated than that, do they?