Savoury Baklava

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I had never had Baklava before making this, but seduced by the name...(it so just rolls off the tongue... Baklavvvvvaaaaa) I did a little research.

Baklava is a Middle Eastern dish that is normally sweet, its a mixture of honey and nuts sandwiched between layers of filo pastry and then baked in a oven. The result is a gloriously sweet, nutty experience!

However, there are also savoury recipes, that can be with or without meat. This Baklava recipe is a savoury combination of ricotta cheese, pine nuts, spinach, Pancetta and Parmesan cheese between those lovely layers of filo pastry. Although it contains what could be quite a heavy cheese / pastry combination, it isnt. The cheese being a combination of Ricotta and Parmesan goes a long way and the filo pastry is super light. The result is a gorgeous cheesy, nutty, crispy taste and texture that really delights and combines really well with that healthy spinach. Its a great well to eat some more vegetables!

There is a great deal of variety with this dish, differ the meat you use - try lamb, chicken, or maybe different vegetables - I had a glut of cherry tomatoes and added a lot of them just on the top layer of spinach and before the top layer of filo pastry.

Before cooking I sprayed the top layer of filo pastry with a light oil spray and the result is a crispy top layer which crowned the rest of the dish.

Enjoy!

Frying Pine Nuts

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Added Spinach, Pancetta, Onion, Garlic

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Layer of Spinach and topped with Tomatoes

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Baked and Eaten!

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Cook Time

Prep time: 25 min
Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 50 min
Yields: 2-3

Ingredients

  • 35g Pine Nuts
  • 1tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, crushed
  • 100g Frozen Spinach
  • 2 Tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 75g Ricotta Cheese
  • 20g Parmesan
  • 4sheets Filo Pastry
  • Sprays Spray Light
  • 6 Cherry Tomatoes
  • 200g Pancetta
  1. Preheat oven to 190c. Place pine nuts in dry frying pan until they start to brown. Set aside.
  2. Add Olive Oil to saucepan and onion, garlic and pancetta, cook on a low heat for 10 minutes
  3. Add Spinach and Tomatoes. Cook for further 6 minutes. Tip into bowl and allow to cool slightly
  4. Add Ricotta, Pine Nuts, Parmesan and season to taste.
  5. Spray shallow dish to lightly oil and line dish with layer of overlapping filo pastry. Add layer of Spinach mixture, then another layer of Filo followed by further Spinach layer. Add in any additions on top such as extra tomatoes and tuck excess pastry from sides over top. Spray top with light oil.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes until golden and crispy. Serve and Enjoy
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Natashalh 4 years ago from Hawaii

I've made lots and lots of baklava, but I've never heard of a savory version! Thanks for sharing ad the great photos.


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Cherry Red 4 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks Natashalh! I think it could be my new favourite thing to make. I cant wait to make the original sweet version too - it sounds great!


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Traci21 4 years ago from North Carolina

Looks Great!! I don't like Baklava very much but this looks so good!


Arlene V. Poma 4 years ago

All these years, I've eaten sweet baklava with walnuts and honey. This recipe is a very nice change, and I am sure that me and hubby will enjoy it. A+++ and everything else!


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Cherry Red 4 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks very much Traci21!


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Cherry Red 4 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks Arlene, I love honey and walnuts, so I must make the sweet version too! Yummy! Thanks again for your comment.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

This looks really good. I think we would like it not hard to make. Great hub looks nice. Voted up, pin it and shared.


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Angelo52 4 years ago from Central Florida

Sounds delicious and well written. Shared. Loved the photos too.


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lauramaryscott 4 years ago from Boise, Idaho

Well done, Cherry Red. Your article and photos are excellent. I want to try this. Is it a little like quickie?


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Cherry Red 4 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks so much moonlake


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Cherry Red 4 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks Angelo52, appreciate the comment!


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Cherry Red 4 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks Lauramaryscott. I think it is a little, certainly the filling is that texture. Thanks again


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glenn wallace 4 years ago

Hmm, I'm a huge sweet baklava devotee, so I'm tempted to brand this savory version an abomination ... but it does sound yummy... so torn!


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Cherry Red 4 years ago from London, England Author

Ha ha! You should try it! You may be a convert. I'm yet to try the sweet one but I feel like when I do I will be a convert to the sweet side!


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VirginiaLynne 3 years ago from United States

I have some leftover filo dough from making baklava and was looking for a great savory recipe. This is terrific. I love the idea of putting it in the pie dish and then draping it back. That is a technique you could do with lots of dishes. Thanks! voted up an pinned

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