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Stilton and Spinach Parcels    Veg   HT   HD    English   45mins

 

Serves 4    Hot   Vegetarian   Vegetables  Herbs  Hors d'oeuvre    Starter   Appetiser   Appetizer   England  British  Europe

 

Ingredients

100g/4oz frozen spinach, thawed

2 Spring Onions, chopped

1 Egg Yolk

Salt and Black Pepper

teasp freshly grated Nutmeg

100/4oz Stilton Cheese

4 sheets of Phyllo Pastry, (about 20 x 20cm/8x 8 inches)

50g/2oz Butter, melted

For the sauce

225g/8oz plain yogurt

2-3tbsp freshly chopped Mint

Watercress to garnish

 

Instructions

 

1. Preheat the oven to 200C,  400F, Gas Mark 6.

 

2. Remove any excess water from the spinach and place in mixing bowl together with the spring onions and egg yolk. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg and blend thoroughly. Set aside.

 

3. Remove the rind from the cheese and cut into 8 equal sized cubes. Set aside.

 

4. Cut each sheet of phyllo pastry into quarters (16 quarters) and brush with a little melted butter. Cover with  a damp cloth whilst you assemble the parcels.

 

5. Divide the spinach mixture into 8 portions and place one portion in the centre of one piece of phyllo pastry. Push a cube of Stilton into the centre of the spinach filling so that it is completely surrounded by the spinach mixture. 

 

6. Fold over the edges of the pastry to form a parcel, then place, seam side down, onto another piece of pastry and fold up to enclose the first parcel. 

 

7. Brush liberally with melted butter on all sides, place on a baking sheet and cover lightly with damp kitchen paper whilst you make up the remaining parcels. You will end up with 8 parcels in all.

 

8. Bake for about 15 minutes until golden brown.

 

9. Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, stir together the yogurt and mint and season with salt and pepper. 

 

10. To serve - transfer the parcels onto individual serving plates, garnish with watercress and serve the sauce on the side.

 

 

 

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Key techniques required to make this recipe

 

Chop to To cut into pieces of approximately the same size.

Slice to -  To cut food, such as bread, meat, fish or vegetables, into flat pieces of varying thickness.
 

Freeze/Make ahead

 

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Main equipment required to make this Recipe

 

Chopping Knife

Chopping Board

Saucepan

Wooden or Plastic Spoon

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