As you guys know, I entered this Pick n Pay Freshly Blogged Competition, and Phyllo Pastry came out as one of the ingredients we could use in week#1.
Boy was I nervous. My first ever try at Phyllo Pastry and I had to create a dish for a bunch of judges that would decide who gets chopped based on skill, expertise and content. My nerves were all over the place.
Luckily a few months ago I attended a morning with the guys from Russell Hobbs, and saw my greatest foodie inspiration Samantha Lindsell whip up a few grand dishes using Phyllo. She knows her stuff… and made it look super easy. You have to check out her blog.
And as you start to handle these delicate pieces of pastry, your hands kind off becomes accustomed to it, and it gets easier the more you work with it. You simply have to give it a try.
So this recipe of Bolognese Phyllo Pie is the perfect one to kick off with, trying out Phyllo Pastry for the first time. It is extremely easy and mouthwatering that could cure a growling hunger in no time!
It consists of a delicious spicy Bolognese base topped with wrinkles of Phyllo Pastry baked to perfection. I love the texture that Phyllo Pastry adds to dishes and I love to bite into that crunch…
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
Phyllo Pastry are one the most versatile ingredients out there. There are so many ways to use it – is scary. This Bolognese Phyllo pie can also be transformed into a One Pot Wonder, by adding vegetables to your meat, or you can even use any other filling you like…Enjoy … and pssst have you cast your vote yet?
|Prep Time||10 min|
|Cook Time||30 min|
- 15 ml olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 bird eye chilli chopped fine
- 1 small onion finely chopped
- 2 carrots peeled and chopped fine
- 125 gr bacon diced
- 2 tablespoon fresh rosemary chopped
- 500 gr lean beef mince
- 1 tin chopped and peeled tomatoes
- salt and black pepper to season
- 4 sheets phyllo pastry thawed
- 2 teaspoons butter melted
- First off, heat the oil in a medium saucepan and sauté garlic, chilli, onion, carrots, bacon and herbs.
- Add the mince and brown (you can add a little water to help with the cooking process) When the mince is browned add the tin of tomatoes, season and cover to simmer for 20 minutes, stirring now and then.
- When it is done, use a slotted spoon and fill an oven safe dish with your Bolognese.
- Open the sheets of Phyllo, and by using a pastry brush, lightly brush each layer with a bit of butter, crinkle it up and arrange it on top of your meat.
- Bake in the oven until golden, serve with veggies or a crunchy side salad!