Honeyed Feta & Yogurt Phyllo Packets
PREP TIME: 15 minutes (plus time for making yogurt)
BAKING TIME: 25 to 30 minutes
MAKES: 4 servings
5 ounces sheep's-milk feta, crumbled
1/4 cup plain homemade drained yogurt (or 2% or 5% thick Greek yogurt)
1 large egg, lightly beaten
3 tablespoons thyme honey
½ teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, plus sprigs for garnish
4 (9-by-14-inch) #4 or #5 sheets phyllo dough, at room temperature (if frozen, thawed according to package directions)
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
About ½ teaspoon sesame seeds
About ½ teaspoon black sesame seeds
Ground cinnamon, for dusting (optional)
Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting (optional)
1. Heat oven to 375°F. Lightly grease a rimmed baking sheet and set aside. In a bowl, mix together the feta, yogurt, egg, honey, and thyme leaves until combined well.
2. Place 1 phyllo sheet on your work surface with the wide end facing you. Brush with butter and fold over horizontally to form a 9-by-7-inch rectangle and brush with butter. Place one quarter of the filling on the end closest to you, leaving a 2-inch border and fold in the sides; brush the sides with butter. Fold the phyllo end closest to you over the filling and continue folding to the end of the phyllo to form a packet; brush all over with butter. Place the packet, seam side down, on the prepared baking sheet and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Repeat with the remaining phyllo, butter, filling, and seeds to make 3 more packets.
3. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, until phyllo is golden brown throughout. Transfer to serving plates, garnish with thyme sprigs and lightly dust with cinnamon and confectioners’ sugar, if desired. Serve warm.
Recipe by Kelly Salonica Staikopoulos
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For other recipes using Greek yogurt, check out our blogs:
Greek Chocolate Love featuring Chocolate Soufflés with Greek Yogurt
Mediterranean Diet Resolution Recipes: Sweet Success featuring Berry-Oat Parfait
To learn more about Greek cheeses and Cheesefare Week, check out our blog, Greek Cheese~Delectable Varieties & Uses.
Greek Yogurt is also featured in our Tzatziki recipe, from our Meze and Spreads & Dips cookbooks.
I hope you enjoy making this week’s pastry. Stay tuned for more Greek recipes in upcoming blogs.
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