Recipe may contain gluten, milk, soy, sesame and egg.
Raid the fridge for cheddar cheese ends and half-finished wedges of brie! Our Leftover cheese pie is a melty, crispy, super-easy dinner idea. Any cheese goes, just make sure you’ve got a good balance of soft and hard cheeses.
125ml (1/2 cup) milk
1/4 cup leftover herbs (such as parsley, mint, dill, thyme, basil), finely chopped
15 sheets filo pastry
75g unsalted butter, melted
185g (1 cup) leftover soft cheese (such as ricotta, feta, brie), crumbled or chopped
80g (1 cup) leftover hard cheese (such as cheddar, parmesan, manchego, gruyère), coarsely grated
2 tsp sesame seeds
3 Method Steps
Step 1Preheat oven to 200C/180C fan forced. Grease a 5cm-deep, 16 x 22cm baking dish. Whisk the milk(125ml (1/2 cup) milk), eggs (2 eggs) and herbs (1/4 cup leftover herbs (such as parsley, mint, dill, thyme, basil), finely chopped) together in a jug. Place a sheet of filo on a clean work surface and brush with melted butter. Place sheet lengthways in the base of the prepared pan, allowing the two long sides to overhang. Top with another sheet of buttered filo, laying sheet in the opposite direction (across the dish). Place 1 more sheet of buttered filo lengthways in the dish.
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Step 2Combine the soft and hard cheeses together in a bowl. Sprinkle base with one-third of the combined cheese. Loosely tear 3 sheets of filo in half. Arrange on top of cheese. Brush with melted butter. Sprinkle with half of the remaining cheese. Tear 3 more sheets of filo in half and place on top. Brush with melted butter. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Loosely tear 3 sheets of filo. Place on top. Pour over egg mixture. Scrunch and fold overhanging filo. Scrunch remaining 3 filo sheets. Arrange on top to cover. Brush with remaining melted butter. Sprinkle with sesame seeds (2 tsp sesame seeds). Season.
Step 3Bake for 25 minutes or until golden and crisp. Stand for 5 minutes. Slice into squares to serve.
Brush any leftover sheets of filo with melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Layer them, creating a stack of 4 sheets, finishing with cinnamon sugar. Cut into strips and bake until golden and crisp. Serve with vanilla ice-cream and chocolate sauce.
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