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Paneer (Cottage Cheese) Cigars


Paneer (Cottage Cheese) Cigars

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I don’t do dairy, but my kids do. I often buy milk from a local farm and make some paneer for them, particularly in the form of these little baked roll-ups that kind of look like cigars. They love having these for an after-school snack, and they get a kick out of saying they’re “having a cigar”, which I don’t mind one bit because these are super-easy to make, mess-free, and relatively healthy!
Servings: 10
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Work with 2 sheets of phyllo at a time, keeping the remaining sheets covered with a damp towel.
  • Set 1 sheet of phyllo on a flat surface and brush with water.
  • Press the second sheet of phyllo on top and cut lengthwise into 4 even rectangles.
  • Spread 1 tablespoon paneer filling along the short end of one phyllo rectangle, leaving about 1/2 inch on each side.
  • Roll up phyllo, neatly tucking in ends one-third of the way up to enclose filling, then continue to roll up with sides open.
  • Transfer rolled-up “cigars”, seam sides down, to a large lined baking sheet.
  • Bake until golden brown and crisp (about 30 minutes).
  • Serve hot or at room temperature.

Bon appétit!