Spinach and ricotta triangles are my ultimate party food. Biting into the flaky filo pastry to find a warm, cheesy, savoury filling. Yum! They also make perfect snacks for kids. But making them can be time consuming, and if you want to get the kids involved it is also messy.

This variation on the classic is simple and you can customise it to your kids tastes. Make plain cheese triangles if the kids have plain taste or add additional fillings like ham, avocado, basil leaves or sliced up cherry tomatoes. Because the fillings are easy to handle, you can also get the kids busy in the kitchen to make their own afternoon tea.

I prefer to make the cheese triangles fresh and so the recipe doesn’t specify a quantity. 1 sheet of filo pastry will make you 5-6 triangles so make a big batch for a party or a small batch for a quick snack for the kids.

Cheese triangles

Ingredients

filo pastry
10g havarti or cheddar cheese per triangle
other fillings (optional) – ham, avocado, cherry tomatoes, basil leaves
olive oil cooking spray

Method

Preheat the oven to 180C. Lightly spray a baking tray with olive oil cooking spray.

Cut the filo pastry into 5-10cm strips (cut along the short edge of the pastry).

Lay the pastry on your bench (long ways) and bring the bottom right corner up to meet the side and form a triangle. Next, gently press down to form a crease and then unfold. This will give you a guide as to where to place the filling.

Add the filling just above the crease line you have just created. Spread it out to make it as flat as possible or the pastry might tear. Fold the right corner of the pastry back over to meet the long edge, as in the previous step.

Lightly spray the pastry with olive oil spray and then begin folding the pastry into a triangle to completely encase the ingredients. When you have formed the triangle shape, pop the triangle onto the prepared baking tray and repeat until all the triangles are finished.

Give the triangles another light spray with the cooking spray. Place the tray in the oven for 5-6 minutes or until the triangles are golden brown.

Remove from the oven, let cool for a few minutes and serve.

If the kids are helping, you might end up with squares or rolls or other weird and wonderful shapes. It doesn’t matter and they will still taste the same. Let them fold away to their hearts content.

Do you have any good ideas for snacks for kids? What do you eat for afternoon tea in your house?

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