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Crispy Manouri Cheese Pastry with Fresh Figs

5 from 2 votes
Roni Cohen – @ronis_recipes
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It's the harmonious blend of textures and flavors in this crispy Manouri pastry that will instantly captivate you.
Prep Time :10 minutes
Cook Time :15 minutes
Total Time :25 minutes
Servings: 1

INGREDIENTS
 

  • 3 filo sheets, about 20 x 20 cm
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 fig, sliced​
  • 1 block manouri cheese

Toppings:

  • Honey for drizzling
  • ½ teaspoon thyme

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Preheat the oven to 355°F (180°C).
  • Grill the manouri cheese block on a griddle pan or panini press with olive oil for about 30 seconds on each side.
  • Spread a filo sheet on a flat surface, brush it with a tablespoon of butter, and sprinkle some thyme. Repeat this step once more and then cover with the third filo sheet.
  • Place the fig slices in the center and the manouri cheese on top, fold the filo to cover, and fasten along the side of the cheese.
  • Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden.
  • Drizzle honey, sprinkle a little thyme, and serve.

MY NOTES

manouri cheese pastry recipe
Credit: Roni Cohen

What is Manouri cheese, and where can I find it?

Manouri cheese is a creamy, semi-soft Greek cheese renowned for its delicate, slightly tangy flavor and smooth texture. Made from the whey remaining after feta production, it’s a staple in Mediterranean cuisine. You can typically find Manouri cheese in well-stocked grocery stores, specialty cheese shops, or at Mediterranean markets. If it’s unavailable, feta, ricotta or goat cheese can be used as a substitute in recipes, but they won’t replicate the exact taste and texture of Manouri.

Can I use a different type of pastry dough if I can’t find filo sheets?

Puff pastry is a popular choice, offering a flaky and buttery texture. Filo dough, which is similar to filo but thicker, can also work. Additionally, crescent roll dough can be used, but it may yield a slightly different texture. Be sure to adjust the baking time and follow specific preparation instructions for the chosen dough to ensure your crispy Manouri cheese pastry turns out delicious.

Can I prepare this dish in advance and reheat it?

While it’s best enjoyed fresh, you can prepare this dish in advance and reheat it with reasonable success. However, keep in mind that the crispy texture may slightly diminish upon reheating. To do so, cover it and store in the refrigerator. When ready to serve, gently reheat in a preheated oven at a low temperature, around 300°F (150°C), until it’s warmed through. Be cautious not to overheat, which may compromise the pastry’s crispiness. Drizzling honey and adding a sprinkle of thyme can help revive the flavors.

manouri cheese pastry recipe
Credit: Roni Cohen

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