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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.


  1. Janine

    19th August 2013 at 8:41 pm

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

    • Choclette

      20th August 2013 at 4:37 pm

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

  2. Stuart Vettese

    19th August 2013 at 10:54 pm

    I love quirky combos Choclette – these are right up my street!

  3. Katie

    20th August 2013 at 5:52 am

    These look like a delicious twist on spanikoptia.

  4. Kit @ i-lostinausten

    20th August 2013 at 7:39 am

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

  5. Jean

    20th August 2013 at 7:31 am

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

  6. belleau kitchen

    21st August 2013 at 1:17 pm

    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

  7. Tracy K Nixon

    23rd August 2013 at 3:40 am

    Very different! Feeling adventurous so may give this a try over the Bank Holiday!

  8. Johanna GGG

    25th August 2013 at 7:15 am

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

  9. Baking Addict

    25th August 2013 at 11:51 pm

    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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