Sweet Potato and Feta Cigars with Tahini Yoghurt Sauce

31 Oct

 Just because it’s Halloween I am purposefully not posting a pumpkin recipe. I’m not of fan of Halloween and this is my pathetic attempt at rebellion.

This year I actually purchased hideous Halloween sweets from Mercadona for the lovely children next door who knocked incessantly on my front door last year.  I studiously ignored them because I didn’t have any sugary, chemically, teeth-rotting unhealthy products to give them. They repayed my kindness by chucking eggs at our front door, so The Washer Up went mad and chucked them back at the neighbours front door. So this year I bought sweets. I hope they’re happy.

So anyway, this is  my kind of treat, filo pastry cigars filled with roasted sweet potato, feta cheese, spring onion, fresh coriander, parsley and red chilli. Unsurprisingly Middle Eastern in origin and unashamedly Ottolenghi of course, who else? He has a new TV programme starting in November on More4, needless to say we are very excited.

The tahini yoghurt sauce is one of my favourite things, it is totally delicious. You can serve it just as a dip with flatbreads or raw veggies, or I have served it with these Cauliflower Fritters, these Baked Falafel Cakes and these Muhammara (Roasted Red Pepper & Walnut) Cigars too.

Sweet Potato & Feta Cigars Recipe

Makes 6 cigars, serves 3-4, vegetarian. Adapted from Ottolenghi for The Guardian

  • 1 large sweet potato (about 400 g), scrubbed clean
  • 2 spring onions, chopped
  • 75 g Greek feta cheese, crumbled
  • a handful of fresh coriander, chopped
  • a handful of fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 red chilli deseeded & chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 sheets of filo pastry (defrosted if frozen)
  • olive oil for brushing
  • sesame seeds

Preheat the oven to 200C. Prick the sweet potato a few times with a knife and place directly on a rack in the oven. Roast for 45-50 minutes until soft and cooked all the way through. Cut in half lengthways and leave until cool enough to handle.

Scrape out all of the sweet potato flesh into a bowl and mix with feta, spring onions, herbs, chilli, salt & pepper mashing with a fork. Taste for seasoning and leave to cool completely.

When ready, preheat the oven to 200C, line a baking tray with parchment and brush with a little oil. Unroll the filo pastry sheets and cover them with a clean tea towel to stop them drying out. Remove two sheets together and place them on top of each other on your work surface with the short end facing you, so you have a double layer sheet. Cover the rest back up with the tea towel.

Cut the two sheets in half lengthways this will make two cigars. On the left hand double layer strip, put a few heaped tablespoons of the filling in a sausage shape about 2 inches from the end of the pastry nearest you, leaving a centimetre free at each side end. Brush the pastry with a little olive oil and start to roll up your cigar around the filling, fold in the two side ends at about half way through and brush with a little more oil every now and then while you finish rolling up the cigar. Brush the top with some oil and place on the lined baking tray. Continue with the rest of the filling, you should get six cigars. You can refreeze (or refrigerate) the unused pastry.

Sprinkle a few sesame seeds over the tops of the cigars and bake for 25 -30 minutes until golden brown and cooked.

Tahini Yoghurt Dipping Sauce Recipe

Serves 3, vegetarian, gluten-free

  • 1 pot (125 ml) goat’s or greek yoghurt
  • 1 heaped Tbsp tahini paste
  • the juice of half a lemon
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh coriander
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh mint or parsley
  • salt & black pepper
  • cumin or sumac to serve

Mix all the ingredients together well making sure the tahini is mixed in and taste. Adjust lemon, salt or tahini to suit. Serve in bowl sprinkled with a little cumin or sumac and a few fresh herb leaves.

These are the perfect sweet treat for an evening huddled on the sofa with all the lights turned off pretending you’re not in…

Happy Halloween!!


10 Responses to “Sweet Potato and Feta Cigars with Tahini Yoghurt Sauce”

  1. Margarita October 31, 2012 at 5:21 pm #

    Hah! Do they celebrate Halloween in Spain? I would have pegged them as Carnaval people, myself! The “cigars” look scrumptious! 😉

    • tony ward October 31, 2012 at 5:27 pm #

      Hija, dont be so cruel, just open the kitchen window and shower them with the washer ups last bowl of grubby water.That what I would have done when you were young except you liked all those icky sweets and peperoni in foil. Tempus fugit hey ?? The food sounds and looks lovely and easy enough for me to get stuck into.xx

  2. gertygiggles October 31, 2012 at 6:16 pm #

    The recipe is full of everything I enjoy eating but it’s not the recipe I want to comment on this time it’s the beautiful photography. Thank you for your time and efforts.

  3. Enchanted Seashells November 1, 2012 at 7:41 pm #

    This looks absolutely delicious.

  4. kellie@foodtoglow November 1, 2012 at 10:43 pm #

    This is my idea of decadent looking autumn food, but without much hassle, unlike the hassle from your next door neighbours. boo hiss! Hope you survived the night okay. We are on a quiet cul de sac with lots of pensioners so we don’t see much action, let alone egg throwing. Anyway, the cigars and Ottolenghi are dreamy (sigh). I do a similarish tahini sauce and I am putting it with some sweet potato, Puy lentil and leek cakes soon, so don’t think I’m copying!

    • Natalie Ward November 1, 2012 at 10:51 pm #

      Wow they sound gorgeous, can’t wait!!

  5. lalarukh36 November 1, 2012 at 11:42 pm #

    Look at them they are looking so beautiful…. i am sure they are beautiful by taste too xoxo

  6. Luv'n Spoonfuls November 20, 2012 at 3:38 am #

    I’m very late to the party here, but these look really, REALLY good, and I can’t wait to give this a try. So many unique recipes on your site…I love it!

    • Kendra October 10, 2013 at 7:46 am #

      Wow what a beautiful dish. We’re going to make it this week. I love ottolenghi’s book Jerusalem, I cook from it frequently. Thank you for sharing on your gorgeous blog.


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