Monday, 29 August 2016

A Simple Sunday Supper

A simple supper makes for a relaxing change to the roast dinner I quite often bake on a Sunday evening. Every now and then, I simply don't feel like the full production so I make something much easier and with a lot less washing up! On the Sunday just passed, I made these quick and delicious parcels filled with different cheeses and grated zucchini. Mmm...

Scrumptious Cheesy Parcels

These parcels are filled with delicious ingredients, baked in the oven until golden and brown and can be served up with salad or baked beans or soup. They are easy to make and even easier to eat. You don't even need cutlery if you serve them up with just a little pot of sauce or chutney for company. (You will need a napkin though!)

Loosely following Susan Austin's recipe, from her fantastic cookbook, Frost Bite: Freezer Recipes for Toddlers to Teenagers, I made them like this:

 Mix together 180g fresh ricotta, 1 grated large zucchini, 1 egg, 60g parmesan and 60g tasty cheese.
(I grate zucchini onto an old tea towel first, fold it up and squeeze out all excess moisture.)

Defrost 3 sheets ready-made puff pastry. Cut each sheet into 9 little squares.
Place spoonfuls of cheesy ricotta mixture in centres of half of these pastry squares.
Lay the remaining pastry squares over the tops of those with filling on them.
Press around four sides of each parcel to enclose filling and seal.
 Cut a slit in top of each pastry parcel. 
You can then brush with egg/milk wash if you wish (but I don't bother).
 Bake in a hot oven until puffed and golden.  Yum!
You can make your cheesy parcels a bit fancier by adding extra ingredients to the filling if you wish. You could add fresh herbs, finely chopped spring onion or little pieces of semi-dried tomato. And, if there are any leftover (which invariably there are not at our place), you can enjoy them for lunch the next day.

What do you make when you just want a simple Sunday supper?





  1. Ok this is getting plain spooky now, I made spinach, feta and pumpkin sausage rolls (which are easily done as puff pastry parcels too) on Sunday night, and I often do a baked dinner too, but didn't have the time or inclination! I was inspired by the blog Stay Home Instead, she has some great meal ideas.

    1. Definitely some kind of parallel universe thingy going on... I love Fiona's blog too and her food always looks delicious. I don't think I have a twin ... perhaps we are just two women of similar beliefs and priorities with a need, every now and then, not to bake a roast on a Sunday night:)

    2. Parallel wouldn't happen to be a Dr Who fan to???
      Our whole family are fanatical Whovians!
      And yes we definitely come from a like minded place.

    3. No Whovians at our place, Cheryl. Our family comprises two sports mad boys (husband and son), one gardening tragic (me)and a distinguished elderly dog who loves food, walks and sleeps in that order. Meg:)

    4. Just been over at this blog where there is a scarf any Whovian would love...a Dr. Who scarf! It's been knitted as a gift for a fan. You could make one too, Cheryl!

  2. Cheese and spinach triangles are a real favourite in my house, but I didn't realise they would be so easy to make at home. Thank you for sharing I will be giving these a try.

    1. I think you could easily substitute spinach for the zucchini, Jan. They are delicious and such an easy meal to make. Meg:)

  3. Eggs are always a winner here or good old cheese on toast

    1. Eggs are so easy to make into quick meals. We are big fans of omelettes here. My son loves ham and cheese toasties:)