Crispy Phyllo Cigars with Quinoa & Feta

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Preparation Time 15 minutes Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 16 phyllo cigars (2 per serving) Cost Per Serving $0.38
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6Phyllo Sheets
1/2 cupCooked Quinoa
1/4 cupFeta Cheese, crumbled
1/4 cupSundried Tomatoes, finely chopped
1/4 cupDried Apricots, finely chopped
1/4 cupDill, finely chopped
1/2Lemon, juiced
To tasteSea Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Whisk the egg in a small bowl.
  3. Brush a sheet of phyllo with a thin layer of your egg wash and place another layer of phyllo on top. Brush the layered sheet of phyllo with egg wash and place a third sheet on top of it. Repeat this process for a second stack of phyllo three sheets deep.
  4. Cut each phyllo stack into 8 rectangles.
  5. Combine all your remaining ingredients in a bowl, mix well, and season to taste.
  6. Place about 1 tbsp of the filling at the end of each rectangle and roll the filling up in the dough. Brush a little of your egg wash on top.
  7. Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes or until golden brown.


  • Make your own pastry using phyllo sheets to avoid the trans fats and saturated fats often used to make store-bought pastry. Brush your phyllo with heart-healthy olive oil and stuff with protein-rich ingredients such as quinoa and goat cheese. Choose lower fat cheese if you are watching your weight, or go for full fat versions if you are trying to gain weight.
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