Prickly pears filled with cottage cheese and anchovies

Cactusvijg gevuld met cottage cheese en ansjovis 1.4
Filled prickly pears with cottage cheese and anchovies
Cactusvijg gevuld met cottage cheese en ansjovis
Prickly pears are sweet fruits with small seeds and give your dish a special exotic touch… definitely worth a try.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Tapas, Starter
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…
Cactusvijg gevuld met cottage cheese en ansjovis 1.5
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