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Recipe Category: Starters » Snacks » Savouries » Pastries » Entrees

Feta Cigars with Mandarin and Thyme Honey

These feta filled filo pastries drizzled with a thyme and citrus honey are just delectable.

Makes: 12
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
  • 200g feta cheese
  • 6 sheets filo pastry
  • 50g butter, melted
  • sesame or poppy seeds, for sprinkling
  • 1 bunch thyme
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • grated rind and juice 1 mandarin (or 1/2 orange)

Cut the feta into 12 batons. Working quickly, cut each filo sheet in half lengthwise. Brush each piece with butter and place a feta baton and a sprig of time on the short end. Roll up into cigar shapes, folding in the sides as you go. Place on an oven tray, brush with butter and sprinkle with seeds. Bake at 200°C in the upper half of the oven for 10 minutes until golden brown. Meanwhile, warm honey with grated rind, 2 tablespoons of mandarin juice and a few thyme sprigs for a few minutes. Allow to cool to infuse the flavours. Serve hot feta cigars drizzled with scented honey and sprinkled with thyme.


Feta Cigars may be assembled and refrigerated covered for 24 hours before baking. They can also be frozen and cooked from frozen, allowing a few extra minutes cooking time.

Author: Naomi Crisante
Date Created: 28/05/2021