07 June 2012

Cheeseburger phyllo pie; i.e. Meat and cheese Baklava

This is the meat and cheese Baklava I made the other day. It turned out beautifully and so yummy and  so I decided to post that in English as well. Flakiness of dark golden phyllo was well balanced with the rich meat and cheese filling. To make two dishes like above you will need:

Ingredients:(makes two of above~enough for 4 in total)
500 gram lean ground beef(93-7 I used)
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup Dill relish(Regular pickle relish if you decide to use Mexican spices)
12 sheets of Phyllo pastry
1/2 recipe cheese sauce(recipe follows)
2 TBSP black or white sesame seeds(to give burger look)

Optional ingredients for a Mexican twist:
3 cloves of garlic
1/2 TSP dried oregano
1/2 TSP cumin powder
1/2 TSP coriander seed powder
1 TSP paprika

Cheese sauce recipe:
1 can of evaporated milk
200 gr Processed cheese(American, Velveeta ,...)
1TBSP corn starch
3 TBSP Tabasco
Mix all the ingredients and whisk on low heat until thick.

I browned the meet with no added oil. Seasoned with salt and pepper and also added garlic and the Mexican spices

Off the heat, when cool enough, I added the relish and mixed it well

I did not use butter to brush the pastry cause the cheese sauce was already in heavy side! Just brushed them with minimum amount of oil I could possibly use. 

Two sheets of pastry go on bottom, then some meat and no cheese. Then two other sheets, topped with meat and cheese sauce this time.

Then I finished with other two sheets(totally six sheets) Pressed with my hands to make it even, brushed with oil and sprinkled with sesame seeds.

Cook in a Pre-heated(450F~230C) oven for 20~30 minutes. or until the pastry is dark golden brown

Allow to cool for a couple of minutes for a clean cut.

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