These phyllo wrapped baked feta bites are one of a few recipes I tried out for Christmas Eve this year. These were easy to make and we really liked them. They are flaky and buttery and cheesy and slightly sweet. A fantastic combo.
You can buy frozen phyllo dough in the freezer section of the grocery store and that makes these fast and easy. To make these you simply cut a block of feta into bite sized squares, then cut strips of defrosted phyllo, brush with butter and wrap around the cheese.
Then they are baked for 10-15 minutes and drizzled with honey and sesame seeds. The honey and sesame was delicious, but we ended up adding some hot pepper bacon jam that we had to these and that made them ten times better. If I made these again, I think I would place a dollop of the jam on top of the feta before wrapping so that it baked along with the cheese.
Overall these made a really tasty appetizer and I will be making them again.
Phyllo Wrapped Baked Feta with Honey and Sesame
- 1 block feta about 200 g
- 1 package phyllo defrosted
- melted butter for brushing the phyllo
- honey, jam, sesame seeds for topping
- Cut the block of feta into 16 pieces after drying with paper towels.
- Cut the phyllo into 3 sets of long strips. It comes in large sheets and if you divide it into 1/3s on the short side you will get 3 sets of long strips.
- Melt some butter and using a pastry brush, brush one of the long strips with butter. Layer on another strip and brush with more butter. I used 2-3 strips per piece of cheese. Fold the long edges up over the cheese like you are wrapping a present and then roll the cheese up in the rest of the dough.
- I then trimmed the longer edges of phyllo so there wasn't so much excess. Brush the top with butter and set on a cookie sheet lined with parchment.
- Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Once all the feta is wrapped, place into the oven for 10-15 minutes until lightly golden brown. The cheese will start to come out of the pastry if it is baked too long so watch it closely.
- Move the feta bites to your serving platter and drizzle with honey and sesame seeds.
- As I mentioned, if I made these again, I would try putting a dollop of hot pepper bacon jam on top of the feta before wrapping them, or at least serve it as a dollop on top. It really brought these to a different level once we added the jam.