Maple-Roasted Parsnip, Carrot & Squash Filo Tarts

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  • 1 small butternut squash
  • 2 shallots
  • 2 parsnips
  • 3 carrots
  • 3 sprigs of fresh rosemary 
  • A few sprigs of fresh thyme  
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 tbsp pure maple syrup (preferably amber syrup for its rich taste)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 70g pecans, chopped
  • 1 pack of filo pastry
  • 100g butter, melted, plus extra for greasing
  • 100g feta cheese, crumbled


  1. Preheat oven to 160°C fan/ 180°C conventional.
  2. Start by peeling and deseeding the butternut squash, then cut it into small chunks. Peel the carrots and parsnips and cut into small chunks. Roughly chop the shallots and place both in an ovenproof dish along with the chopped rosemary and thyme.
  3. Mix the oil with the pure maple syrup and pour on top of the vegetables. Add a little salt and pepper and toss all together, coating well. Roast in the oven for 40-50 minutes, add the chopped pecans, mix well then leave to cool.
  4. Meanwhile, unroll the filo pastry and cut into equal quarters, cutting through all the layers at the same time.
  5. Grease each hole of a muffin tin with a little butter. Brush one square of pastry with a little melted butter, top with another piece, then continue with two more pieces in the same way. N.B Keep the remaining pastry under a clean damp tea towel as you work to stop it from drying out.
  6. Push the buttered squares into one of the holes, then carry on with the rest until all the holes are lined. If you have any leftover squares of pastry, add them to the others.
  7. Fill each cup with the filling, sprinkle with the feta cheese and bake for 15-20 minutes until the pastry is golden and crunchy.
  8. Carefully lift out each pastry cup from the tin and serve warm.

The Quebec Maple Syrup Producers are not in any way responsible for the identification or presence of allergens in recipes or for the classification of any recipe as vegetarian or vegan.

Recipes by Michelle Evans-Fecci


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