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Caramelized Onion, Fig, and Blue Cheese Strudel

Yield 8 servings
A first-course dish, this strudel got the highest possible rating for taste in our Test Kitchens.


  • 1 cup diced dried figs (about 10 figs)
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup apricot nectar
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • Butter-flavored cooking spray
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped sweet onion
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 4 ounces crumbled blue cheese
  • 8 sheets frozen phyllo dough, thawed
  • 2 teaspoons powdered sugar

Nutrition Information

  • calories 272
  • caloriesfromfat 21 %
  • fat 6.4 g
  • satfat 3 g
  • monofat 1.6 g
  • polyfat 1.4 g
  • protein 6 g
  • carbohydrate 51 g
  • fiber 5.3 g
  • cholesterol 11 mg
  • iron 1.6 mg
  • sodium 296 mg
  • calcium 125 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.

  2. Combine first 4 ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, and cook 5 minutes. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 30 minutes.

  3. Coat a medium nonstick skillet with cooking spray; place over medium-high heat until hot. Add onion and vinegar; cook 20 minutes or until deep golden, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; stir in fig mixture and cheese. Set aside.

  4. Place 1 phyllo sheet on work surface (cover remaining dough to keep from drying); lightly coat with cooking spray. Working with 1 phyllo sheet at a time, coat remaining 7 phyllo sheets with cooking spray, placing one on top of the other. Place a sheet of plastic wrap over phyllo, pressing gently to seal sheets together; discard plastic wrap.

  5. Spoon onion mixture along 1 long edge of phyllo, leaving a 2-inch border. Fold over the short edges of phyllo to cover 2 inches of onion mixture on each end.

  6. Starting at long edge with 2-inch border, roll up jelly-roll fashion. (Do not roll tightly, or strudel may split.) Place strudel, seam side down, on a jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray. Score diagonal slits into top of strudel using a sharp knife. Lightly spray strudel with cooking spray.

  7. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Sprinkle powdered sugar over top. Serve warm.