sweetcorn & cheese phyllo pies

corn & cheese phyllo pies

Natures Garden invited me to look at their range  and come up with a recipe using their frozen sweetcorn. I jumped at the chance. Frozen corn is always in my freezer and I adore the sweet taste it adds and the crunchy texture it delivers. When deciding what to make I immediately thought of cheese samoosas – one of my favourite snacks. I prefer to use phyllo and bake them vs frying them. The sesame seeds give added crunch, and these melty cheese pies are perfect for the party season we are now officially in. 

Happy party days!

Corn & cheese phyllo pies striaght from the oven

Corn & cheese phyllo pies striaght from the oven

Corn & cheese phyllo pies

Corn & cheese phyllo pies

I’ve added a smidge of pickled jalapeno and dried chilli flakes to give it a bite, but you can, of course, leave the spice out. If you are strapped for time, you can make these in advance and freeze. Whip them out, thaw, brush and bake when needed.

Oh so delicious!

Recipe makes 20 pies

  • 2 cups of Natures Harvest Garden sweetcorn
  • 10 – 15 sheets phyllo pastry (thawed)
  • 1 small onion finely chopped (half a big onion)
  • 20gms / 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup / 250gms fresh ricotta
  • 2 cups mature Cheddar cheese grated
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped basil
  • 2 tsp finely chopped pickled jalapeño (optional)
  • ½ tsp dried red chilli flakes (optional)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • +-100gms butter, melted

Microwave the corn in a covered microwave dish with a quarter of a cup of water on high for 2 minutes. Drain and set aside. Alternatively, plunge into boiling water for 2 minutes.

Melt the 30gms of butter in a non-stick pan and fry the onion over a gently heat until soft and translucent. About 4 minutes. You do not want to brown the onion. Set aside.

In a bowl mix the ricotta, fried onion, cooked corn, grated Cheddar, basil, salt, pepper, and chili if you are using. Ensure it is well mixed and forms a paste like consistency. Check the seasoning and adjust accordingly.

Preheat the oven to 180C

Gently remove two sheets of pastry from the packaging – cover the remaining pastry with a clean, damp tea towel to prevent it from drying out. Separate the pastry sheets and lightly brush one with melted butter, then place the unbrushed sheet on top. Brush this with butter too.

Cut the pastry sheets vertically into four equal pieces or, if you want to make smaller pies, five pieces. Brush the strips with butter too leaving the bottom bit where the filling goes unbrushed. Place a dollop of the cheese and corn mixture (about a dessertspoon full) at the bottom end of each piece of pastry and fold over to form a triangle. Continue to fold the parcel over as you work your way up the strip of pastry, maintaining the triangle shape. Repeat with the other sheets of pastry.

Place the pies on a lined baking sheet, brush with melted butter and bake for 20 – 25 minutes, or until golden brown.

Corn & cheese phyllo pies

This recipe has been proudly sponsored by Natures Garden Frozen Vegetables and Chips

 

 

 

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8 Responses to sweetcorn & cheese phyllo pies

  1. patisseriemakesperfect December 1, 2016 at 5:44 pm #

    Sam these pictures are so lovely. I love sweetcorn too, I don’t how you manage to keep your blog so up to date, i’m in awe 🙂

    These look so neat and perfect.

  2. Linda December 2, 2016 at 4:42 am #

    I’d love to see a pic with the insides after cutting open.

  3. Sam December 2, 2016 at 10:00 am #

    HI Linda – I tried to take a shot but phyllo when broken up is extremely messy.

  4. usha December 2, 2016 at 11:53 am #

    These are perfect for us vegetarians

  5. Brian December 3, 2016 at 7:20 am #

    Hi Sam,your phyllo pies look outstanding.Looks like you used Mediterranean Delicacies phyllo?

  6. Sam December 5, 2016 at 9:56 am #

    HI Brian I used Woolies. I think it all comes from the Medi Deli factory though as far as I understand they are the only manufacturers of the product?

  7. Mari December 13, 2016 at 9:48 am #

    I am going to make these tonight, they look amazing 🙂

  8. Sam December 13, 2016 at 6:35 pm #

    Enjoy Mari and let me know how it goes.

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