Feta Wrapped in Phyllo with Sesame and Honey
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What if we told you there exists a recipe that can be served as an appetizer, a side dish and a dessert? Good news, it does. It’s this delightful concoction of feta wrapped in phyllo with sesame and honey, from Sea Salt and Honey, a Greek cookbook by father-daughter trio Nicholas, Chloe and Olivia Tsakiris.
“This is one of Chloe’s absolute favorite Greek dishes to eat when visiting,” they write. “The first time we ate it together was at a tiny taverna on the beach in Koufonisia, a Greek island where a friend of ours has a house. We have to order it every time we go, and without fail, Chloe will burn her mouth because she can’t wait to devour it before it cools off.”
And, as they explain, the dish can be enjoyed at any point in a meal—as a starter, a shared meze, a side or at the end of a dinner with wine and fruit. Swoon.
From the book Sea Salt and Honey by Chloe, Olivia and Nicholas Tsakiris. Copyright © 2021 by Chloe, Olivia and Nicholas Tsakiris. Reprinted courtesy of Harper Design, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Photos by Romas Foord.
2 sheets phyllo dough
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided, plus more for the top
4 ounces (115g) feta cheese in a square block, cut in half
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon white sesame seeds
1 teaspoon black sesame seeds
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
2. Brush one sheet of phyllo dough with half of the olive oil. Place the feta halves next to each other at the bottom of the sheet to form a rectangle. Fold the phyllo dough over the sides of the cheese, then roll the cheese in the phyllo until you’ve reached the end of the sheet. Brush the other phyllo sheet with the remaining olive oil and rewrap the packet, ensuring there are no holes in your phyllo layer.
3. Place the cheese packet in a baking dish and brush the top with additional olive oil. Bake until the phyllo is lightly browned, 18 to 20 minutes.
4. Remove from the oven and transfer to a serving plate. Drizzle with the honey and sprinkle the top with sesame seeds. Attempt to let it cool before eating so you don’t burn your mouth.