Spinach, Goat’s Cheese and Chocolate Filo Triangles

Spinach Goats Cheese Filo Pastries

Some of you may remember my six course chocolate themed dinner party from a couple of months ago. These spinach, goat’s cheese and chocolate filo triangles are one of the courses I served. I learnt how to make filo triangles on a Middle Eastern mezze course at the Vegetarian Cookery School in Bath a couple of years ago and I’m very glad I did as it’s proved to be invaluable on several occasions.

This is a an adaptable recipe, which I made up as I was devising the evening’s menu. Quantities can be adjusted to suit different tastes and the number of people partaking. When I say spinach, I don’t actually mean spinach; I used what I had to hand which in this case was orach.

This is how I made:

Orach, Goat’s Cheese and Chocolate Filo Triangles

  • Sweated 4 finely chopped shallots and 1 clove finely chopped fresh garlic in a little olive oil.
  • Added a large handful of freshly washed & still wet orach (spinach like leaf) to the pan and covered with a lid. Simmered until wilted (about 5 minutes) and removed from the heat. I didn’t need to drain this, but it may need it if the mixture is too wet.
  • Grated in a little nutmeg and some black pepper.
  • Mixed in 50g soft ripe goats cheese.
  • Mixed in a few leaves of chopped freshly picked mint.
  • Melted 25g unsalted butter.
  • Roughly chopped 20g 85% dark chocolate into chunks.
  • Cut 3 filo pastry sheets lengthways into 4 long strips & brushed each with melted butter.
  • Placed a large teaspoonful of the spinach mixture onto the bottom of the strips.
  • Added a couple of the chocolate chunks & wrapped in the pastry to form 12 triangles.
  • Brushed with melted butter.
  • Baked at 180C for 10 minutes.
These were polished of with alacrity and I’m sure I saw a few fingers being licked. Everyone agreed that the chocolate worked really well with the other ingredients – a gentle but enriching presence. 
As the main ingredient here was goats cheese, I am entering this into Alpha Bakes where the letter is G for goat’s cheese this month. This is hosted alternately by The More Than Occasional Baker and Caroline Makes.


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    19th August 2013

    These sound delicious! I’m definitely favouriting these for when I’m in an experimental mood.

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      20th August 2013

      Thanks Janine – well worth the effor and the chocolate really adds something a little special.

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    Kit @ i-lostinausten
    20th August 2013

    Wow!very innovative , sounds & looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe! YUM! 😉

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    20th August 2013

    Goats cheese and chocolate – something I never thought I would see in the same recipe! Sounds irresistibly intriguing – must give it a try!

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    belleau kitchen
    21st August 2013

    I saw these on facebook at the weekend and then forgot to comment, they look AMAZING and im so intrigued by how they tasted… I love the goats cheese / choco combo, in fact I think there should be some more savoury themed WSC challenges!… beautiful x

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    Johanna GGG
    25th August 2013

    great dinner party food – am sure it would get everyone talking – if they could stop eating 🙂

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    Baking Addict
    25th August 2013

    I thought I left a comment already but clearly went straight to your six course chocolate themed [arty and never came back! These sound really good and I wish I could try one for myself. Thanks for entering AlphaBakes.

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