Feta and pine nut roll

Annabel Langbein's crisp filo vegetable strudel is a treat for vegetarians and meat eaters alike
By Annabel Langbein
Feta and pine nut roll
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  • Serves: 6
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Effort: easy

Ingredients

  • 250 g silverbeet, chard, or spinach
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 250 g ricotta cheese
  • 80 g feta cheese, crumbled
  • 60 g parmesan, grated
  • 4 tbsp chopped coriander
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 lemon, finely grated zest only
  • 6 tbsp pine nuts, toasted
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 8 sheets filo pastry
  • melted butter, for brushing, or oil spray

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/Gas 4. Trim half of the stalks from the silverbeet or chard (if using) and discard them. Wash, dry and chop the leaves and the rest of the stalks.

2. Heat the butter in a medium pot and cook the onion over a low heat until it is soft but not browned ' about 5 minutes. Add the greens and cook until the water from the leaves evaporates, leaving the pan dry. Removing the moisture from the leaves in this way helps to stop the pie going soggy.

3. Remove the pot from the heat and mix in the ricotta, feta, parmesan, coriander, nutmeg, lemon zest and pine nuts. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Stir in the egg.

4. Place a sheet of filo pastry on the bench. Brush it with melted butter or spray it liberally with oil. Place a second sheet on top and brush it with butter or spray it with oil. Repeat to form a stack of 8 pastry sheets. The filo dries out quickly so you will need to work fast. Cover the unused filo with a damp tea-towel while you work.

5. Form the vegetable-cheese mixture into a sausage shape along the longest edge of the pastry, leaving a 3cm border at the sides.

6. Turn in the sides of the pastry like an envelope and roll it up gently and loosely to fully enclose the filling, forming a log shape. If you roll it too tight it will split. Transfer the log to a baking tray, brush the top with butter or spray with oil and bake until it is golden and crisp ' about 40 minutes.

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