Get a pillow and take a nap – Pillows with fava beans, asparagus and goat cheese
Prend un oreiller et fais une sieste – Coussins de filo aux fèves, asperges et chèvre
I could definitely sleep on top of those stuffed pillows, they’re warm and smell so good. For a long time, I didn’t like to manipulate filo dough, it was either drying too fast, or breaking, so I got annoyed with it and decided to leave it aside. Tant pis!
Then the idea of giving up, annoyed me even more…so I bought a pack of filo dough, and I decided to play with it…so far, the games were fun but I don’t seem to be able to finish the box 30 sheets of dough is quite a lot. It’s much lighter than puff pastry, then if you brush it with olive oil instead of butter, it’s even lighter!
I was reading an article on restaurant food, and it seems like fried food has never been that popular. So for those who like fried food, you can fry those pillows. Filo dough unlike puff pastry can be fried. I baked mine since I am still the “health nut” cook. One of the few things I like fried, is the fried green tomatoes I had once in a restaurant in the city. I can eat this once in a while, but I just don’t feel like frying it at home.
Fresh goat cheese tends to be bland, so I combined it with chives and garlic. When you bite on a crunchy pillow, the aroma of the cooked herbs comes out and you get a delightful sensation, melting cheese, crunchy filo and soft vegetables. Those are quick to prepare and cook, so they’re perfect to be served with a salad for a light lunch or as appetizer if you have unexpected guests.
Ingredients for 4 (2 each)
- 4 sheets filo dough
- 1/2 lb fava beans
- 1 bunch asparagus
- 1/2 lb fresh goat cheese
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 tbs chives, chopped
- salt and pepper
Cut asparagus in 1 inch pieces and cook in salted boiling water for about 5 minutes. Drain and set aside. Remove beans from the pods and cook in boiling water for three minutes. Drain and remove the peel.
In a small cup mix goat cheese, chives and garlic.
Remove filo dough sheets from box. Lay one sheet flat on a working surface. Brush the sheet with olive oil. Place another sheet on top and cut to have four squares. Place 1 tbs of fava beans and 1 tbs of asparagus in the middle, add salt and pepper. Top it with goat cheese mixture. Bring each side towards the center to form small pillows. Proceed the same way with the rest of the sheets. Brush the top of the pillow with olive oil.
Bake in a non-stick sheet at 370 for about 10 minutes or until the pillows are golden and crunchy. Serve hot.
This entry was posted by silvia on October 28, 2010 at 5:53 am, and is filed under Appetizers, Vegetarian - dairy. Follow any responses to this post through RSS 2.0.You can leave a response or trackback from your own site.
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This looks like a wonderfully versatile recipe from the filling to all the possibilities of how to serve it. I also love the use of olive oil instead of butter.
J’aime beaucoup ces feuilletés tout simples! Ils doivent se préparer en un rien de temps et se déguster en un rien de temps aussi:)
Wow! Not only do these look pretty but they sound wonderful. I must try this recipe.
I’m in Sylvie!!!!!
Oh, Silvia, I don’t think I could stop after one! Such a luxurious little package!
YUM… I have some goat cheese. Might try this and also another recipe that I found.
This looks amazing…The phyllo looks homemade – it looks so smooth and pretty.
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I love these little pillows…filled with all sorts of goodies. Great recipe.
This sounds fabulous, and I can definitely admit that I have a fear of working with Filo! Your determination is encouraging, and I should probably just give it a go, esp with this great filling. Lovely recipe, and contrats on Foodbuzz Top 9 today!
so cute!i want to rest with your pillows!
Oh my goodness! These look SPECTACULAR. I often struggle with filo dough myself, but I’m just going to have to put my fear aside and try these. Thank you so very much for sharing!
Wow. These look crazy good. Your photos make them look so appetizing and they’re just a few simple ingredients. Beautiful idea! Congratulations on Top 9!
I know just what you mean with filo dough, but with a great filling like yours, I’m going to have to break out another box of it!
your right about those pillows, they look exceptionally delicious! I love goat cheese and fava beans sound like a perfect accompaniment! I never thought of using olive oil, it opens up a whole new world with filo!
Beautiful pillows filled with deliciousness! I’ve always avoided filo dough but I may have to conquer my fear Glad you’re back! I took a sabbatical, too – went to France…
Forget the nap, I want these for lunch. I just love all these flavors together with the filo dough presented in such an appealing way:)
Mmm Silvia, tu me donnes vraiment envie avec tes petits coussins (j’adore le titre d’ailleurs!)
Bonheur dans un oreiller..tes images donnes l’eau dans bouche. J’adore le phylo!
I am so happy to see you posting again! (Though I am woefully late in getting around to reading this … ) I missed your beautiful little bites of food and creative combinations, and of course your fun writing. I love these little pillows, so cute!
oh, these look fantastic! great ingredients to put together. they will definitely give me sweet dreams.