Apparently what my family really should have asked for this Christmas is better immune systems – we all succumbed to either hacking coughs or stomach bugs on Christmas Eve and couldn’t have our traditional party tea all together. However, my mum and I battled through to have our own mini celebration, and miraculously everyone was sufficiently recovered on Christmas Day to at least have some dinner and fizz together on a very merry day indeed, celebrating not only the festive season but also a family engagement.
The highlight of the party tea was these filo triangles. They are a Christmas Eve staple in my family, and making them with my mum has become a seasonal tradition. We always work as a production line, she brushing the filo sheets with oil (which I’m too heavy-handed to do), me spooning in the filling and rolling them up tightly (which she can never do tightly enough). We work well as a team, and it’s such a fun little ritual which often descends into madness as the excitement and exhaustion of the day catches up with us: much of the procedure is spent chuckling away. The end result is always delicious and savoured by everyone – eating them and making them are equally fun.
And I’m not 100% sure, but I do suspect these little nibbles played a part in our overnight recovery…so they may be doctor approved too!
Feta Filo Triangles
From Good Housekeeping Vegetarian, makes 20-24
225g packet filo pastry
olive oil, for brushing
300g feta cheese
4 tbsp pine nuts, toasted
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley/coriander
1 tbsp chopped fresh dill
1/2 egg, lightly beaten
pinch of nutmeg
1. Preheat the oven to 190C and grease a baking tray.
2. Prepare the filling. Crumble the cheese into the bowl, and add the pine nuts, herbs, egg, nutmeg and pepper. Mix well with a fork.
3. Cut each filo pastry sheet into three long strips (or get your glamorous assistant to do it).
4. Brush each strip with oil.
5. Place a heaped teaspoon of filling near the bottom corner.
6. Start folding up the pastry into triangular shapes, flipping it over and working your way up.
7. Place the triangles on the prepared tray and brush with a little more oil.
8. Bake for 20-25mins until crispy and golden brown. Let them stand for about 5 minutes before serving.