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Lentil Romesco & Havarti Bites

  By lentilsorg    

October 27, 2015

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These bite-sized pastries offer the perfect balance of smooth havarti cheese with our take on romesco with lentils, all wrapped in adorable phyllo cups.

  • Prep: 10 Minutes
  • Cook: 20 Minutes
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  • Yields: 40


  1. Preheat oven to 425˚F (220˚C). For the sauce: place all sauce ingredients into a food processor and pulse until smooth. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.
  2. To prepare the sheets: Grease a mini muffin tin with cooking spray. Lay one sheet of phyllo down on a clean surface. Lightly brush the top layer with butter, lay down another sheet and continue with the other three sheets. Cut the prepared phyllo into small squares (20 squares, 5x4) which fit in the mini muffin tin holes. Edges of the phyllo should peek out a touch. You will need to butter, cut, and form the other five sheets in order to make 40 pieces.
  3. Fill each phyllo cup with a cube of cheese and a dollop of prepared sauce. Bake in oven until edges of phyllo are golden and cheese is melted, approximately 6-10 minutes. Allow to cool slightly.
  4. Garnish with fresh cilantro and serve immediately.

Quick Tip: Romesco is a nut and red pepper-based sauce that originated in Spain. It is often served with fish or other light proteins. Use this lentil-filled sauce as a cracker dip or as topper on your next chicken or fish dish.

*Allergic to nuts? Swap the almonds for toasted sunflower seeds.



1 cup (250 mL) chopped roasted red pepper

1 cup (250 mL) cooked split red lentils

½ cup (125 mL) toasted almonds

2 Tbsp (30 mL) red wine vinegar

2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped

2 tsp (10 mL) smoked paprika

½ tsp (2 mL) kosher salt

¼ tsp (1 mL) cayenne pepper

2 Tbsp (30 mL) canola oil


10 phyllo sheets separated in 2 piles of 5 sheets each

1/3 cup (75 mL) melted butter

40 small cubes, jalapeño Havarti cheese (approx. ½ inch)


3 Tbsp (45 mL) chopped fresh cilantro


Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 piece
Sodium290 mg
Potassium34 mg
Protein7 g
Cholesterol30 mg
Sugar0 g
Total Fat14 g
Saturated Fat9 g
Total Carbohydrates7 g
Dietary Fiber1 g