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Goat's Cheese Parcels with Watercress Sauce  Veg  HT  MC   30mins


Serves  4       Hot   Vegetarian   Main Course



2 Sheets Phyllo (Filo) Pastry

25g/1oz Butter, melted

275g/10oz Goat's Cheese

Oil for deep frying

For the Sauce

1 Bunch Watercress

240mlg/8oz Natural Yoghurt

1 teasp Lemon Juice

1 teasp Runny Honey

Salt and Black Pepper




1. Cut the phyllo pastry into 8 equal sized squares and cover with a damp cloth to prevent them drying out whilst you make each parcel. Cut the goat's cheese into 4 slices.


2. On a flat surface, take one pastry square, brush with a little of the melted butter, top with another square and brush this with melted butter also.


3.  Place 1 slice of goat's cheese on the buttered double- thickness pastry square, gather the corners up together and pinch tightly to form a money-bag parcel. Cover with a damp cloth .


4. Repeat with the remaining pastry squares and cheese to make 4 parcels in all. Cover lightly with a damp cloth whilst you make the sauce.


5. Bring a large pan of lightly salted water to the boil. Reserve 4 sprigs of the watercress and blanch the remainder in the boiling water for 3 minutes. Remove and drain very well, pressing as much water out as possible.


6. Meanwhile Heat the oil to 180°C, 350°F


7.   Place the watercress and remaining sauce ingredients in a food processor until smooth.


8. Transfer the puréed watercress to a saucepan and warm through very gently making sure you do not boil it as it will curdle.


9.  Deep fry the goat's cheese parcels for 2 minutes, until crisp and golden brown, you may have to do 2 at a time depending on the size of your deep-fat fryer.


10. To serve -  Divide the sauce between four serving plates, then place a parcel in the centre of the sauce and garnish with a sprig of  watercress. Serve immediately.  





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Key techniques required to make this recipe


Chop to – To cut into pieces of approximately the same size.

Slice to -  To cut food, such as bread, meat, fish or vegetables, into flat pieces of varying thickness.

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Chopping Knife

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Wooden or Plastic Spoon

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