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  • Writer's pictureSheryl Ness

Rustici with Pecorino Cheese, Pistachios, and Lemon

It's the first day of Spring and what a great time to make this lovely and easy appetizer. The combination of pecorino cheese, pistachios, and lemon and the perfect spring-like flavor combination! I love adding in a sprinkle of our signature Tuscan Kitchen herb blend as well. The aromatic herbs and a beautiful layer of deliciousness to this savory treat.

These are great to make in advance and place in the refrigerator. Pop them in the oven just prior to your dinner party and your guests will be greeted with a warm, herby (and cheesy) nibble as they sip on their prosecco or maybe a spritz! Now that we can dream about getting together with friends and family again soon, this is a lovely idea for a aperitivo. I hope you enjoy the simple and easy recipe. It's one of my favorites!

Happy Spring everyone!

Rustici with Pecorino Cheese, Pistachios, and Lemon


1 Sheet puff pastry (frozen, defrost in the refrigerator)

¼ cup flour (for dusting the surface)

½ cup pecorino cheese (grated)

¼ cup pistachios (chopped fine)

½ lemon (zested)

1 egg yolk mixed with a spoon of water (for the egg wash)

1-2 tsp. Tuscan Kitchen herb blend


· Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

· Remove the puff pastry from the freezer and defrost (per instructions) in the refrigerator.

· Unroll the puff pastry onto a surface sprinkled with a little flour to keep it from sticking.

· Spread the grated pecorino cheese over the pastry evenly. Leave around ½ on each border for ease of rolling. Press down to help the cheese stick to the pastry.

· Next, sprinkle the chopped pistachios over the cheese and press down gently with your hands.

· Sprinkle 1-2 tsp. of our Tuscan Kitchen herb blend over the top. Use your favorite herb blend.

· Roll the pastry lengthwise. Try to roll as tightly as you can.

· Cut the pastry so that you have around 16-18 rolls.

· Place them on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.

· With a pastry brush, gently brush on a layer of egg wash.

· Sprinkle with additional cheese or herbs if you prefer.

· Bake for 20 minutes.

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