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Egyptian recipes: Stuffed filo pastry and Meat in pita bread (Howawshy)
Stuffed Fillo pastry
Filo pastry is a magic dough!
This magic filo can be served as a main dish, side dish or as a desert, depends on how you fill it. My kids love hot filo stuffed with cheese "I love it too". You can store some filo dough in your freezer so you can use it in emergency cases when you're out of ideas and need some new taste for dinner. You can stuff it with meat too as a main dish and cook some soup and salad beside it. You can use pastry cream stuffing or just hazelnut and sugar. It can be served with or without syrup.
Filo pastry stuffed with meat
- 1 pound raw filo pastry
- Molten butter
- 1 pound minced beef meat
- 1 diced onion
- Spices up to taste (black pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon,...) and salt up to taste
- 1 cup milk or meat broth
In a cooking pan put onion, spices, salt and meat. Cook on medium fire till meat becomes dark brown stirring occasionally. Brush a baking tray with molten butter. Spread a layer of filo and brush with butter. Repeat till you spread 4-5 layers. Put half the amount of cooked meat then cover with a filo sheet then brush with butter. put another filo sheet and brush again. Put the rest of meat and cover with a filo sheet. Brush each filo sheet. Put the rest of filo on top. brush the top layer and cook in 50F oven for 20 minutes. Bring the tray out of the oven and pour milk or meat broth and put it back in the oven for more 10 minutes.
Sweet filo pastry
How to roll filo pastry?
In a pan heat 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water and stir to dissolve. When it boils add few drops of lemon juice and stir. Leave it to cool down.
If the filo sheets are frozen you can put the closed pack in hot water for 15 minutes "make sure it's firmly closed". Open the pack and wrap the filo in a clean towel to keep them soft. In a small bowl mix some crushed hazelnut and 2 tbsp sugar. You can add flavourings like vanilla sugar, coconut or cinnamon. Spread a filo sheet on a clean table and brush it with molten butter. Put some filling in the middle and wrap the sheet to have a finger size bite. Brush a cooking tray with butter and put the filo pieces in the tray and bake in 350F oven for 25-30 minutes.
Take the tray out of the oven and pour the cold syrup immediately.
Do you know what is howawshy?
Howawshy is a very unique way to eat meat in Egypt. People at different levels know,eat and like howawshy. You can never eat it the same taste out of Egypt, I don’t know why! It might be the bread or spices I really don’t know. I just enjoy it.When I was out of Egypt, I used to cook howawshy in holidays when we plan for a BBQ. It’s really fun when it’s included in the BBQ list of foods.
•1 pound lamb or beef minced meat “a bit fatty meat is fine too”
•1 chilly green pepper chopped finely
•1 sweet green pepper chopped finely too
•½ pound Grit •1 minced onion
•1 small diced tomato
•Spices (nutmeg, cinnamon and black pepper) and salt
•In a bowl put minced meat and add onion, pepper, ½tspsalt and spices and mix together by hand.
•Mix grit with tomato and leave aside for 15 minutes
•Mix Everything together in the bowl and fridge for 2 hours.
•Brush pita bread in and out with oil.
•Spread a layer of meat in pita bread.
•Wrap bread in Aluminium foil.
•You can cook howawshy in a 400F preheated oven for 30-40 minutes “turn it after 15 minutes”.
•When you plan for a BBQ prepare every thing but spread meat in bread exactly before you put on coal. You don’t need to wrap it with foil in this case.