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4 Ingredient Vegan Pesto Cheese Twists

vegan pesto cheese twists

Easy Pesto & Cheese Twists

These vegan friendly pesto cheese twists are so easy to make, only have 4 main ingredients and are perfect for a treat, packed lunches or gatherings. Everyone will be going back for more, vegan or not!

Let’s get into the recipe

Puff pastry- Look if the Queen Mary Berry doesn’t always make her own pastry, I’m not going to either! There’s plenty of good quality shop bought pastry that is accidentally vegan. You can of course use a GF one if needs be.

Vegan Mozzarella- The vegan cheese world has come on leaps and bounds in the last few years. Follow Your Heart, Applewood, and Violife all have some pretty delicious vegan cheese options out on the market.

Pesto- You can of course make your own pesto, I have a few different recipes, but for this I’ve used a shop bought one (Sacla’s Vegan one) to keep this recipe as simple as possible.

Pine Nuts- I’ve added just a handful of pine nuts, you can swap this for blanched almonds, toasted walnuts or just skip the nuts completely.

Tamari- Optional ingredient but I use this to brush the pastry. It gives an amazing umami flavour to the crust as well as a beautiful golden colour. Just brush this on top before baking.


cheese pesto vegan twistsCooking Tips

Spread the pesto, pine nuts and mozzarella on only half of the rolled out sheet of puff pastry

Fold the sheet over to create a sort of pesto filled sandwich

Slice down (either way) to create the strips, I ended up with around 12 but if you like, you can slice them a little thinner to get more

Pull apart the folds once twisted to expose the beautiful filling

Space the pastry strips apart to they don’t go soggy in the middle

vegan cheese twists

vegan pesto cheese twists

Vegan Pesto Cheese Twists

Easy 4 ingredient puff pastry cheese twists filled with pesto, pine nuts and mozzarella (all vegan friendly). It takes around 10 minutes to make and 25 minutes to bake.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 27 mins
Servings 12 Twists

Ingredients
  

  • 1 sheet or block of puff pastry
  • 80 g jar of vegan Pesto around 3 heaped tbsp
  • 80 g vegan mozzarella
  • handful of pine nuts around 50g
  • 2 tbsp tamari to coat the pastry optional

Instructions
 

  • Roll out the block of pastry & spoon on the vegan pesto covering one half of the sheet
  • Scatter the pine nuts and mozzarella on top then fold over the other half on top
  • Slice to create the layered strips (you should end up with around 6-8 strips depending on whether you've folded lengthways or short ways)
  • Twist the pastry then place back on the sheet *tip, push the folds apart a little to allow the pesto to bubble through*
  • Brush with tamari to get a beautiful golden glaze on top
  • Bake at 200ºC for 25-30 minutes

Notes

If you don't have tamari to coat them with, use a vegan melted butter or olive oil.

If you like this recipe why not try my Vegan Sausage Rolls Recipe

vegan pork and apple sausage rolls

Recipe

3 Easy Pesto Recipes

3 easy pesto recipes

Making my own pesto was always something I thought of a task, especially when I could buy a range of options in jars cutting cost and time... however I have since come to realise this is all incorrect!

Nothing beats the taste or smell of fresh pesto whipped up in your kitchen. In terms of time and cost, it takes minutes to prepare and can be far cheaper when making in batches. 

I've popped together some of my absolute favourite and no-fuss recipes for you to try at home. Whether you're dipping your carrots, coating your veggies or twirling it in your tagliatelle, you need to give these a go. 

Method of cooking:

All these pestos can be eaten raw, slow roasted or added to your pasta dish in the last 5 minutes. It all depends how you like it.

avocado pesto recipe

Avocado & Pine Nut Pesto 

Ingredients:

1 Avocado (I used a gem avocado)
2 cloves garlic
1 cup basil
1/4 cup pine nuts
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4, cup olive oil
Pinch of olive oil

 

spinach pesto vegan recipe

Creamy Spinach Pesto

Ingredients:

1 cup baby spinach 

1 cup fresh basil 

1 clove garlic

1/4 cup cashew nuts (soaked or raw)

1/2 lemon squeezed 

1/4 cup olive oil

large pinch salt

1 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)

 

easy pine nut pesto recipe

Classic Pine Nut

Ingredients:

1/4 cup pine nuts

1 cup fresh basil 

1/4 cup good quality olive oil

1/2 squeezed fresh lemon 

1 large clove smoked garlic

Large pinch salt

2 tbsp nutritional yeast 

 

 


As always, I love seeing your recreations on social media, so please be sure to tag me in any photos to take of your food! 

Maybe you have a favourite pesto recipe, or a top tip to share... let me know in the comments!