Fillo Pastry

Mini Fillo Chicken Pastilla

Fillo Chicken Pastilla

Ingredients

Makes 8 Pastilla's

2 tbsp olive oil

1 red onion, finely chopped

1 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground cardamon

1 tsp ground turmeric

1 tsp ground ginger

4 skinless chicken thighs, sliced into thin strips

1 tbsp plain flour

250ml chicken stock

salt and pepper to season

1 tbsp honey

75g almond meal

100g dried apricots, chopped

2 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped

1 packet Antoniou Fillo Pastry

150g butter, melted

1 egg, lightly beaten

icing sugar for dusting

Method

Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan on medium heat, add the garlic and onion and cook for 5 mins. until translucent.  Add the cinnamon, cardamon, turmeric and ginger.  Stir for 1 min until aromatic, then add the chicken strips and flour.  

Stir well ensuring the chicken is coated and then add the chicken stock. Bring the mixture to a boil then lower the heat and allow the mixture to simmer for 45 mins.

Add the honey, almond meal, apricots and parsley. Stir and allow the mixture to cook for another 20 mins on a medium/high heat.  The mixture should be quite thick. Allow to cool completely before using.  

Note: You can make the mixture a day ahead and use the following day. The flavours are a lot more pronounced.

Preheat your oven to 180 deg C and line a tray with baking paper.

On a clean bench lay one sheet of fillo pastry with the longer edge facing you and brush liberally with melted butter. Repeat this process with 2 more sheets until you have a stack of 3 sheets.

Take a 25cm plate and place on top of the stack and cut around the plate to form a circle. Remove the plate and in the centre of the circle place a heaped tablespoon of the chicken mixture. Wrap the pastry up into a neat parcel around the filling, twisting slightly (resembling a small “money bag”).

Tuck the excess fillo from the top of the parcel back under the pastilla and brush well with beaten egg to hold it together. Brush liberally with butter and repeat with the remaining chicken mixture and fillo until you have 8 pastillas

Bake in the oven for 20 mins until golden brown and allow to cool for 10 mins. before dusting with icing sugar.

Recipe, styling and photography by Souvlaki for the Soul

Traditional Spinach & Cheese Pie

Ingredients

375g Antoniou Fillo Pastry                         
375g fetta cheese
1 bunch spinach                                     
1 bunch shallots
2 medium onions                                 
4 eggs
1/2 cup oil                                                   
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper                         
melted butter

        

Method

Remove stalks from spinach, wash and drain until completely dry. Cut spinach into small pieces and add chopped onions, shallots and diced fetta. Beat eggs, salt, pepper and oil in a separate bowl and then pour over the spinach mixture. Mix well until combined.

Layer half the fillo pastry in a medium sized pie plate or baking tray, buttering every second sheet with melted butter. Place the mixture on top of the layered pastry and fold in any overhanging ends. Repeat the layering process with the remaining fillo pastry, tucking in the top sheets to neaten off. Brush the top with melted butter and bake in a preheated moderate oven for around 45minutes or until golden brown.

Kreatopita

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Ingredients

serves 8

2 tbsp olive oil

2 leeks, cleaned thoroughly and thinly sliced

350g beef mince

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground allspice

2 tbsp tomato paste

1 cup chicken stock

150g white rice

salt and pepper to season

2 tbsp pomegranate molasses

12 sheets Antoniou Fillo Pastry

olive oil spray

1 egg, lightly beaten

 

Method

Heat the olive oil on a medium heat and fry the leeks until soft and translucent (approx. 5 mins). Add the beef mince, cinnamon, allspice, tomato paste and rice and stir until well combined. Add the chicken stock, allow the mixture to come to a boil and simmer on a medium heat until the rice has absorbed the stock and is cooked. Set aside and allow to cool. Once cooled stir through the pomegranate molasses.

Preheat your oven to 180 deg C and line a tray with baking paper.

Take one sheet of fillo pastry ensuring the long edge is facing you and spray with olive oil. Repeat until you have six layers. Place half the meat mixture along the longer edge allowing a 5cm border along front and side edges. Fold sides over filling, then roll up to enclose mixture. Brush the seams with a little egg to ensure it is closed.

Lay the roll seam side down on a lined baking tray and spray with extra olive oil. Repeat with the remaining fillo and meat and bake for 20-25 mins until golden and allow to cool for 10 mins before cutting and serving.

Recipe, styling and photography by Souvlaki for the Soul for Antoniou Fillo Pastry