Blue Cheese and Parma Ham Cigars

cook 20 mins
  • 6 sheets of filo pastry, about 30 x 40 cm (12 x 16 inches)
  • 75 g (3 oz) unsalted butter, melted
  • 12 very thin slices of Parma ham
  • 175 g (6 oz) strong blue cheese, crumbled
  • 75 g (3 oz) walnut pieces, chopped
  • 3 spring onions, finely sliced
  • creamy herb dip, to serve (optional)
  • Line 2 baking sheets with nonstick baking paper. Lay the stack of filo sheets on a clean surface, then cut in half widthways and keep covered with clingfilm.
  • Brush 1 filo sheet with melted butter, then cover with a slice of Parma ham and scatter over a little of the blue cheese, crushed walnuts and spring onions. Starting at a short end, roll up like a cigar, tucking in the sides when you have rolled about two-thirds of the pastry. Continue rolling, then place on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining ingredients to make 12 rolls.
  • Brush the cigars with the remaining melted butter and bake in a preheated oven, 220°C (425°F), Gas Mark 7, for 8–10 minutes until crisp and golden. Serve warm with a creamy herb dip, if liked.
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