Cheesy cranberry parcels recipe

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  • Vegetarian
Preparation Time10 mins
Cooking Time7 mins -8
Cost RangeNot

A very simple buffet party idea, these cranberry filo parcels make delicious canapés for a Christmas do - or at any time of year!


  • 12 sheets of ready-rolled filo pastry (each measuring approximately 32cm x 17cm)
  • 25g (1 oz) butter, melted
  • 85g (3oz) cranberry sauce
  • 85g (3oz) cheese spread (e.g Primula)




  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C/ Gas mark 7. Brush the sheets of filo pastry with the melted butter.
  2. Cut each sheet in ½ vertically and then into 3 resulting in 6 small rectangles, place 1 rectangle on top of each other and then across another double layered rectangle forming a cross. Repeat with the other sheets of pastry.
  3. Place approximately ¼ teaspoon of cranberry sauce in the centre of each cross and top with ¼ teaspoon of cheese spread (if using a tube: a small squeeze and cut of with a knife).
  4. To make into the parcel, bring the corners together in a point and pinch the pastry together.
  5. Place on a greased baking tray, brush with the remainder of the melted butter
  6. Place in the oven and cook for 7-8 minutes. Best served immediately.
Top Tip for making Cheesy cranberry parcels

Use shop-bought, chilled filo pastry and then any left over can be frozen. The parcels can be prepared several hours in advance - don't cook them, but place in the fridge (uncovered if brushed with butter - as clingfilm will stick and pull the pastry apart when removed). Then pop them in the oven just prior to serving.

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