I am a bit obsessed with using up leftovers to help avoid food waste. So when I found myself with some leftover pesto from the Mushroom Walnut Parsley pesto recipe I made over the weekend and some perfectly ripe Tunworth Cheese I went on a mission to create a tasty meal out of them.
These Tunworth Cheese Pastry Parcels turned out to be unexpectedly good! I shouldn’t really have been surprised though as, in my humble opinion, there is hardly a better food combination than crisp pastry and hot melting cheese!
These filo pastry parcels are filled with Tunworth cheese, buttery mushrooms, caramelised onions and the walnut parsley pesto.
If you haven’t tried Tunworth cheese yet, you are in for a real treat! For hardcore cheese lovers, you would be hard pressed to find a better British cheese than Tunworth. Made in Hampshire by Hampshire Cheeses, it is a bloomy-rinded, soft cows milk cheese that melts in a magnificent fashion. Ideal for this recipe! When eaten on its own, it has a lovely creamy texture and a long-lasting sweet, nutty flavour. If this hasn’t convinced you to try it, then maybe the fact that it has won Supreme Champion at the British Cheese Awards not once, but twice! If you love cheese but haven’t yet tried Tunworth, I highly recommend it.
Tunworth Cheese Pastry Parcels Recipe
Serves 4 as a starter at a dinner party with a salad or 2 as a weekday supper with buttered baby new potatoes
– 1 medium red onion, peeled + cut in half lengthways and then thinly sliced into half moons
– 2 tablespoons of olive oil
– 1 tablespoon of butter
– 250g chestnut mushrooms, rubbed clean and roughly chopped
– 120g of Tunworth Cheese (You can use more or less depending on how much you like this type of cheese)
– 8 sheets of filo pastry
– 4 tablespoons of the mushroom walnut parsley pesto from our previous recipe
Pre-heat the oven to 190 degrees.
Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a frying pan over a medium heat. Add thinly sliced onion and sauté slowly, stirring often, until they are soft and translucent. Takes around 15 minutes. Set aside.
Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in the frying pan with 1 tablespoon of butter over a high heat. Add chopped mushrooms and sauté until all their liquid has released and evaporated. Takes around 10 minutes.
Lightly oil a baking tray. Carefully separate 2 sheets from the filo pastry. Lay them flat on top of one another on a clean surface (I use a large clean chopping board) and spoon on a heaped tablespoon of the pesto mixture into the middle. Spread into a small circle.
Divide the caramelised onions into 4. Spoon a portion onto the pesto mixture. Repeat with the mushrooms. Slice the cheese in 8 pieces. Add the cheese onto the mushrooms and onions. Taste a small pinch of all the ingredients together to check if it needs seasoning.
Pull the corners of the pastry up over the top of the mixture and pinch together hard about 2.5cm from the top of the pastry to combine, leaving a sealed parcel. Repeat to create the other 3 parcels. Pop in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until pastry is crisp & golden brown in colour.
Serve with new potatoes or salad and enjoy!