Prickly pears filled with cottage cheese and anchovies

Prickly pears are sweet fruits with small seeds and give your dish a special exotic touch… definitely worth a try.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Tapas, Entrées
Cuisine Own recipe
Servings 4 persons


  • 2 prickly pears ripe (when they turn orange red they are ripe)
  • 150 gr cottage cheese
  • 5 anchovies
  • some mint leaves
  • white pepper grounded


  • NOTE: Prickly pears grow on the cactus plant and they also have stingers. Often these are transparent spines. At harvest they are removed but some remain. I wipe each fig again with kitchen paper.
  • Halve the prickly pears lengthwise. Scrape out the flesh with a spoon. Let this drain. Collect the juice because this is super sweet and delicious to drink.
  • Cut 1 anchovy into very small pieces and mix with the cottage cheese. Finely chop 5 mint leaves and mix them with the cheese and the pulp of the prickly pear. Taste and season with a little white pepper if necessary.
  • Now fill the scraped half prickly pears with the mixture. Place a full anchovy on top and add an additional mint leaf for decoration.
  • As an extra seasoning, you can add a caper, according to your own taste.


Prickly pears, in Europe are a well-known fruit around the Mediterranean. Here they just grow along the road… The fruit is sweet but has small seeds that you can simply eat. Since living in southern Spain I have really learned to eat them and are therefore part of my Mediterranean diet…
Keyword anchovies, cottage cheese, filled prickly pears, prickly pears
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by Patricia

I am Patricia, energetic 40'er, architect, business manager and food blogger. Living in Andalusia but from Flanders - Belgium. Mother of 2 active and creative kids who, together with my husband Geert, form the tasting team of the first order!
Cooking has become a passion. Everything starts with devising an original recipe and that’s when my love for food photography & styling comes across… In my blog you will get to know my healthy Mediterranean fusion cuisine!

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