Author Notes: There's nothing much better than fried mozzarella with something sweet drizzled ontop. The smoky saltiness of the mozzarella plays off the sweetness of the figs beautifully. Warming the figs softens their texture and reconstitutes their freshness. The flaxseed and walnuts add crunch to the smoothness of the cheese and fruit. The flaky phyllo layers are crispy on the outside and pop when pierced with a fork. Then the gooey melted mozzarella oozes out. With each bite, you get a forkful of melted mozzarella, sweetened figs and crispy pastry. —Garden Gate Kate
organic phyllo dough sheets, thawed
ounces smoked mozzarella cheese, at room temperature, cut into 6 sticks of equal size
extra-virgin olive oil
ounces dried figs, stemmed and quartered
cup coarsely chopped walnuts
- Unfold the phyllo sheets and place on a dry work surface with a slightly damp towel on top to keep them from drying out. Take out 1 sheet of phyllo and place it verically on a work surface, with a short edge toward you. Place 1 piece of mozzarella near the bottom of the sheet. Fold the end up loosely over the cheese, then fold the in the sides. Keep folding until you have a tidy package about 3 1/2 by 4 inches. Make 5 more packets with the remaining cheese and phyllo.
- In a large skillet, heat extra-virgin olive oil over medium heat. Sauté 3 phyllo-wrapped mozzarella pastries at a time, until golden, about 2 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels.
- While pastries saute, combine figs and honey in a small saucepan. Cook on low heat until the honey is warm.
- Place 1 mozzarella pastry on each plate. Spoon softened figs onto each pastry and drizzle warm honey over each serving. Sprinkle with flaxseeds and walnuts and serve immediately.