Saquitos de Queso con Miel y Naranja (Cheese Parcels in Honey and Orange Reduction)
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Saquitos de Queso con Miel y Naranja (Cheese Parcels in Honey and Orange Reduction)

Course Dessert
Cuisine Spanish
Keyword Andaluz, cheese, filo, mozzarella, parcel, phyllo, Saquitos de Queso, Spain, Spanish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (250 ml) orange juice
  • 1/2 scant cup (100 ml) clear honey
  • 3 balls fresh mozzarella each around 2 1/2 inches (6 cm) in diameter, quartered
  • 12 sheets Filo pastry 9x14 inches (23x36 1/2 cm), or cut larger sheets to size
  • 2 cups (500 ml) sunflower oil
  • 1 1/4 cups (5 1/2 ounces, 150 grams) chopped walnuts or 1 1/2 cups (5 1/2 ounces, 150 grams) slivered almonds
  • 2 tablespoons confectioner's sugar optional

Instructions

  • First, make the reduction: In a small pot, combine the orange juice and honey and simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally for about 30 minutes, until syrupy.
  • Prepare the cheese parcels by loosely wrapping each section of cheese in filo pastry, pressing the seams together. While working on assembling them, keep the pastry sheets and finished parcels moist under a damp tea-towel to avoid drying out.
  • In a small saucepan, heat the sunflower oil over medium heat. When it is smoking, quickly plunge the parcels into the oil for 20 seconds, or until the pastry turns golden. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to absorb any excess oil.
  • Immediately transfer to a serving plate, drizzle with the reduction, sprinkle with nuts, and dust with confectioner's sugar, if desired. Serve immediately.