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Feta Parcels with Figs

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds feta cheese
  • 1–2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped savory or thyme
  • 1 8-ounce package phyllo pastry
  • 24 dried figs or dates, halved
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • Scallion or leek strips, blanched (optional)

Preparation

Preheat oven to 375º. In a bowl, mash cheese and olive oil with a fork and season with herbs. Cut sheets of phyllo into 4-inch squares. Spoon 1 teaspoon of cheese mixture into the center of each, add a fig or date half, and draw the sides up to form a pouch. Press edges together with water to seal. Lightly brush each pouch with melted butter and bake for 10–15 minutes until crisp and golden. For a festive look, tie a blanched scallion or leek strip around each parcel. Makes 48 parcels.