Friday, 9 January 2009

Phyllo Pastry

I bought a box of Phyllo the other day, and have not quite used it up yet. I will tonight. I made these lovely parcels with them - H really enjoyed them alongside a bowl of soup for dinner last night.
Broccoli Phyllo Parcels
Makes 12 – Serves 4 as a starter

½ Onion – finely chopped
2 C Cooked Broccoli – very finely chopped (stalks and florets) – about ½ a large head
1 T Orange Zest
⅓ C Vegan Cream Cheese
½ t Nutmeg
Salt and Pepper to taste
4 Sheets Phyllo Pastry
Oil for the pastry

In a small pan over med-high heat, sauté the onion for about 5 minutes until lightly browned.
Transfer to a medium sized mixing bowl and allow to cool for about 5 minutes.
Add in the broccoli, orange zest, cream cheese and nutmeg. Taste for seasoning and add as desired.
Mix well to combine then chill for about ½ hour.
Preheat oven to 350F and lightly grease a 13 X 9” baking dish.
Prepare your phyllo sheets one at a time, keeping the remaining sheets covered with a very slightly dampened teatowel so they don’t dry out.
Score each sheet into thirds, lengthwise, and brush each strip with a little oil.
Place a generous heaping tablespoon of the filling mix in the corner of each strip then proceed to fold the strip up into a triangular shape.
Brush the top of each triangle with a little more oil and place in the baking dish. Continue until all the phyllo and filling is used up.
Bake for 25 – 30 minutes until lightly golden and crispy.

Now for something to do with leftover phyllo! Excuse the picture quality!I also saw a use for phyllo somewhere (I'd like to give credit but can't as I can't remember) a while ago and have been wanting to try it - as a topping for a savoury casserole, or on top of fruit as a dessert. I made the casserole topping the other day (as pictured above and below) and am going to use the rest as a fruit topping tonight (I'm thinking rhubarb and berries as I have these in the freezer).

All I did was cut my sheet of phyllo into thirds (width wise), oil it (as you do - I think I'll use melted marg. for the dessert though, and maybe a dusting of icing sugar when its done) and scrunch it up. You put it on top of your cooked casserole (mine was a Sweet and Sour Lentil dish I made up) them bake for about 10 minutes until browned. Cute eh. and easy, and impressive looking which is nice as it looks good without much effort.


Courtney said...

What a great idea to use broccoli in the phyllo! Sounds delish!


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