Talagáni Cheese Wrapped in Puff Pastry


Talagani Bites

Messina is a part at the southwestern part of Greece at the Peloponnese Peninsula. It has a long history that traces back to the prehistoric period and it was one of the most important centers from which Greek revolution against Ottoman empire has started. It is a place with many natural beauties among which are the beautiful sandy beaches that surround the prefecture.

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In this very place, a very special cheese from 100% sheep milk is made called Talagáni. Talagáni in the local dialect means the cape of the shepherd. It is a hard cheese that keeps its shape when baked or cooked. It has a mild salty flavor and a gummy that resembles the Cypriot Halloumi. Kostas Apostolou and his wife Helen are the people behind this new cheese and they have an exclusive patent and a golden award for their innovative creation. The family are of Cypriot descent and after working for years in England they have decided to come to Greece and stay here. They bought a big land at Messina and they started cultivating the land and producing milk. The recipe for this specific cheese is an invention of Helen Apostolou who was making cheese from the remaining of milk every day. As they say, they gave this cheese to friends and family. Nevertheless, every year the demand was growing and eventually in 2007 they decided to concentrate on making Talagáni as their core business.

Talagani Bites

Today this cheese is exported to Poland, Sweden, USA and Singapore selling over 140 tons per year. The cheese continues to be made with 100% sheep milk from local Greek farms. So, if you ever stumble upon it in a deli or a Greek market do not hesitate to try it. You will be thrilled.

Talagani Bites

I am going to share a little secret here; I have never tried this particular cheese before or at least I have no knowing of doing so. Why? I don’t know. It just happened. So, when I saw it at the supermarket, I went ahead and bought it to try it. If you manage to find it, do try it it’s a bit different than halloumi. If, nonetheless, you cannot trace it, then halloumi is the best alternative. This cheese matches perfectly with sweet preserves, marmalade or sweet chutney. I used caramelized onions and peppers and onion marmalade to stuff these little bites along of course with Talagáni. They were simply delicious!

Happy Month of May!!

Talagani Bites

 

5.0 from 3 reviews
Talagáni Cheese Wrapped in Puff Pastry
 
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Appetizer
Cuisine/ Κουζίνα: Greek
Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 20 little puff pastry sheets or 1 puff pastry sheet
  • 20 square pieces of talagáni cheese about 20 gr. / 0.7 oz. each 2cmX2cm / 0.8 in. X 0.8 in.
  • 2 medium onions or one large, sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 3 tbsp onion marmalade or any other marmalade
  • 1 egg lightly beaten to wash the puff pastry
Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Preheat oven to 200°C/400°F.
  2. In a skillet pour some olive oil and in medium heat sauté the onions and the peppers until they are caramelized.
  3. Add the onion marmalade and let them sauté for a minute or two.
  4. Remove and set aside.
  5. Take the puff pastry.
  6. Place one piece of cheese and above it adds one tsp of the onion/pepper mix.
  7. Cover and seal the edges.
  8. Do the same for all pieces.
  9. If you are using a whole puff pastry sheet, arrange the cheese and onions leaving adequate space in between, seal them and cut them the way we do with raviolis.
  10. Brush them with the egg and put them in the oven.
  11. Bake until the puff pastry has taken a beautiful golden color on top.
  12. Remove let stay for five minutes and serve.

 
5.0 from 3 reviews
Πιτάκια με Ταλαγάνι και Καραμελωμένα Κρεμμύδια
 
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Ορεκτικό
Cuisine/ Κουζίνα: Ελληνική
Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 20 στρογγυλά ή τετράγωνα φύλλα σφολιάτας ή 1 φύλλο σφολιάτας
  • 20 τετράγωνα κομμάτια ταλαγάνι περίπου 20 γρ. Το καθένα με διάσταση περίπου 2cmX2cm
  • 2 μέτρια κρεμμύδια ή ένα μεγάλο, κομμένα σε φέτες
  • 1 κόκκινη πιπεριά, σε φέτες
  • 3 κ.σ. μαρμελάδα κρεμμυδιού ή οποιαδήποτε άλλη μαρμελάδα
  • 1 αυγό ελαφρά χτυπημένο για να αλείψετε τη σφολιάτα
Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Προθερμαίνετε το φούρνο στους 200°C.
  2. Σε ένα τηγάνι ρίχνουμε λίγο ελαιόλαδο και σε μέτρια θερμότητα σοτάρουμε τα κρεμμύδια και τις πιπεριές, μέχρι να καραμελώσουν.
  3. Προσθέτουμε την μαρμελάδα κρεμμυδιού και αφήνουμε να σοταριστούν για ένα λεπτό ή δύο.
  4. Αφαιρούμε και αφήνουμε στην άκρη.
  5. Παίρνουμε τη σφολιάτα.
  6. Βάζουμε ένα κομμάτι τυρί και πάνω από αυτό προσθέτουμε ένα κουταλάκι του γλυκού από το μείγμα κρεμμύδι/πιπεριά.
  7. Καλύπτουμε και σφραγίζουμε τα άκρα.
  8. Κάνουμε το ίδιο για όλα τα κομμάτια.
  9. Εάν χρησιμοποιείτε ένα φύλλο σφολιάτας ολόκληρο, τακτοποιήστε τα αφήνοντας επαρκή χώρο ανάμεσά τους έτσι ώστε να μπορέσετε να τα κόψετε και τα κόβουμε όπως κάνουμε με τα ραβιόλια.
  10. Αλείφουμε με το αυγό και τα βάζουμε στο φούρνο.
  11. Ψήνουμε μέχρι η σφολιάτα να πάρει ένα όμορφο χρυσαφένιο χρώμα στην κορυφή.
  12. Τα βγάζουμε από τον φούρνο, τα αφήνουμε για πέντε λεπτά και μετά τα σερβίρουμε.

 

16 Responses to Talagáni Cheese Wrapped in Puff Pastry

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  1. Sissi says:

    I’ve never tasted (or even seen) this cheese, but I’ve heard there is a Greek shop in our city, so I must go and check because these snacks look so irresistible…

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  3. Miz Helen says:

    We are going to love your special pastry treats, the flavor will be fantastic! Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

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  5. mimi says:

    Oh your photos!!! Gorgeous. As are these pastries! If I can’t find this cheese, what would be a reasonable substitute?

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  7. Pam says:

    This looks delicious, Katerina, and I will be looking for the cheese. Bet these little pastries disappear rapidly. Thanks for the recipe!

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  9. Jennifer says:

    Never heard of that cheese before. This sounds wonderful and looks amazing!

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  11. Susan says:

    Messina is a spectacularly beautiful place! I think I would love these cheese filled puff pastries!

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  13. gloria says:

    Thius look amazing Katerina! and what beautiful pictures!!

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  15. Juliana says:

    Nice recipe Katerina, as I have never heard of this cheese, and the combination of marmalade just sound delicious in a puff pastry.
    Awesome pictures…thanks for sharing it! Enjoy your week my dear :)

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  17. Γρήγορη και εύκολη νοστιμιά Κατερίνα!
    Σε συνδυασμό με τις καλοκαιρινές φωτογραφίες, μας έκανες να ονειρευόμαστε μεζέδες δίπλα στο κύμα :)

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  19. grace says:

    those pictures are GORGEOUS! what a sight to behold! would love to see all of that in person one day. :)
    these little squares look delightful–puff pastry is magical and your filling is delicious!

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  21. mia maria says:

    Πολύ νόστιμο ορεκτικό!
    Καλό μήνα Κατερίνα :)

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  23. manu says:

    OMG everything looks delicious and the sea is so wonderful!!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Love

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  25. Monica says:

    I can picture biting into that crispy pastry and savoring that filling. Looks delicious!

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  27. What a delicious bite of savory goodness. I have not seen this particular cheese here but happy to hear that we could exchange with halloumi cheese, if needed. Such beautiful landscape photos just a little bit of heaven. Wishing you a super week! Sharing everywhere of course!

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  29. Another cheese to be on the lookout for! Katerina these look simply irresistible!

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  31. Messina looks like a paradise!! Really beautiful!!
    Pastry is always a hit at our home..these are totally irresistible.

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