Crispy Smoked Mozzarella with Honey and Figs

Envelope your ingredients in filo pastry for parcels of sweet goodness.
  • 6 sheets filo pastry
  • 170g smoked mozzarella, cut into 6 equal pieces
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • 225g dried figs, stemmed and quartered
  • 255g honey, plus more for drizzling
  • 10g black sesame seeds
In a large pot, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat to 175°C.

Place 1 sheet of filo on a dry work surface. Place one slice of cheese about 12cm from the top of the narrow end of the sheet. Fold the top of the narrow end over the cheese, leaving 2 1/2cm between the fold and the cheese. Next fold over 1 of the long sides then the other, again leaving 2 1/2cm between the folds and the cheese. Then fold the cheese over, again leaving 2 1/2cm between the fold and the cheese. Continue folding to make a package about 9 by 10cm. Continue with the remaining pieces of cheese and filo.

Fry the filo and cheese packages, 2 or 3 at a time, in the oil until golden, about 2 mins per side. Drain on a baking sheet lined with paper towels.

Meanwhile, heat the figs and honey in a small saucepan over low heat until the honey is warm. Set aside until the cheese packages have finished frying.

To serve, place 1 cheese package on a plate. Spoon some figs and drizzle some honey over the top of each cheese package. Sprinkle with black sesame seeds and serve immediately.

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