Lionheart Wines
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Pear, Onion and Dry Jack Cheese Strudels

Makes 24 pieces

These delicious strudels can be put together one day before baking.


6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter
1 onion, chopped
1 Bosc pear, peeled, halved, cored, sliced
3/4 cup (packed) grated dry Jack cheese or 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese and 1/4 cup grated sharp white cheddar cheese
3 teaspoons whole grain Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 sheets frozen phyllo pastry, thawed


  • Melt 2 tablespoons butter in heavy medium skillet over medium heat.  Add onion and saute until brown, about 7 minutes.  Add pear and saute 3 minutes Transferr pear mixture to medium bowl.  Cool slightly. Stir in cheese, mustard and salt.
  • Melt remaining 4 tablesppons butter in small saucepan over medium heat. Place 1 phyllo sheet on work surface.  (Cover remaining phyllo with plastic wrap and damp kitchen towel.)  Brush with melted butter.  Top with second phyllo sheet.  Brush with melted butter.  Arrange half of pear mixture in log along 1 short end of phyllo, leaving 1" border at each end of phyllo, leaving 1" border at each end of pear mixture.  Fold in sides and roll up tightly into log.  Brush all over with butter.  Transfer to large baking sheet.  Repeat with remaining phyllo, butter and pear mixture.  (strudels can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Bake strudels until golden brown, about 18 minutes.  Cool 5 minutes.  Transfer 1 strudel to cutting board.  Cut on diagonal into 12 pieces.  Repeat with remaining strudel.  Transfer to platter and serve.

Bon Appetit, November 2001

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