Based on a north African dish, these triangles are easy to make and are an ideal snack or an accompaniment to heavily spiced meat dishes.
- 500g soft cheese such as ricotta
- 1 egg
- 1 egg yolk, beaten for sealing
- 1 pack of filo pastry
- 1 tbsp fresh mint, finely chopped
- 2 tsp sesame seeds
- 2 tbsp honey
- Mix the cheese, egg and mint together in a bowl until well combined.
- Fry the sesame seeds in a dry frying pan until golden. When they are ready, pour into a cold dish otherwise they will continue to cook in the pan.
- Remove the filo from the pack and cut into three evenly sized blocks. Take one of the blocks and unroll. Lift one or two sheets of filo off the roll and place on a work surface. Place 1 tbsp of the cheese mixture at the end closest to you. Pick up one corner closest to you and fold over to form a triangle shape. Fold the triangle over again to form another triangle shape. Repeat this all the way along the strip of filo. This will seal all the sides well. As you get to the end, brush a little of the beaten egg yolk on the filo to help it seal.
- Heat oil in a deep fat fryer to 180 degress. Gently lower in a filo square. Cook two or three at a time until golden. Remove and drain on kitchen paper.
- Place the triangles on a serving dish and drizzle with honey and sprinkle on the toasted sesame seeds.
- These are best served hot but can be made in advance and re-heated in a hot oven (180 degrees for about 5 minutes).