Sunday, September 9, 2007

A Break From Burgers... have fun with phyllo!

An army of tasty triangles, all lined up and ready for duty!

After reading in The PPK forums that I am not alone in thinking a Saturday night at home cooking with my honey is more fun than going out to a stinky bar to spend way too much money on crappy beer...last night we decided to stay home and have fun with phyllo.

I have a humble kitchen, so we had to invent a work station by placing a door on top of a table to give us ample space to work.

I had every intention of making the VwaV Spanikopita, but alas, no fresh spinach at the grocery. Damn. So I improvised and made myself 2 varieties. One filled with the very popular (at least around my house!) Meximosa stuffing of soyrizo mixed with tofutti better than cream cheese and another filled with a delightfully sweet and savory mixture listed below:

Soyrizo mixed with Tofutti Better than Cream Cheese

Delightful Mushroom Stuffing:

Delightful Mushroom Stuffing:
(makes enough filling for 9 phyllo triangles)

1 tbsp olive oil (for sauteing)
1 8oz package mushrooms, chopped
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 oz (about 1/2 cup) walnut pieces
1/2 cup cashews (ground up)
1/4 tsp cardamom
1/4 tsp cinamon
1/4 tsp paprika
1 tsp garam masala
2 additional tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup pine nuts
Sea salt and frewsh cracked pepper to taste

Heat oil in a skillet and add the mushrooms, onions and garlic, saute until fragrant and the mushrooms have reduced by about half. Add all other ingredients excepts salt, pepper and pine nuts to a food processor and pulse a few times, so that the mixture is chopped well, yet still a bit chunky. Fold in the pine nuts and add salt and pepper to taste.

Follow the instructions in VwaV for phyllo triangles in the directions for spanikopita...which, as I stated before, was what I had intended to make in the first place.


Anonymous said...

i has been sick that the reason i still dont give you my review in the burger test place. as soon as i can i will make some.

love the post!

bazu said...

Oh yum! Phyllo magnificence over here!

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