Tuesday, January 12, 2010

That's Phyllo with a Capital F

Phyllo dough is annoying.

Eighteen sheets come in one very small box. After making dinner, I now have 14 sheets left. These sheets of dough are somehow seemingly thinner than tissue paper and five times as delicate. I felt like some sort of Neanderthal because every time I even glanced at it a tear would appear.

Here is the recipe:

1 lb ground beef, browned and drained.

Shred 1 sweet potato- This is vague I know. I like sweet potatoes, so I used a large one.

2 cups of spinach- roughly chopped

Stir in a teaspoon or so of freshly chopped garlic. I put in a dash of two of the following spices- cinnamon, curry, salt, pepper and cumin. If you like spicy, add some. This recipe is not spicy in the least.

I mixed all of these things together in the pan until the spinach wilted.

Then, I layered 2 sheets of Fyllo dough, one on top of the other. Then cut the sheets in half so that I had 4, double layered, Fyllo rectangles. Pile a lump of the mixture into the middle of each rectangle and sprinkle a desired amount of cheddar cheese on top. Then fold over, a la quesadilla style and GENTLY fold over the excess corners.

Cook in the over for 30-ish minutes at 375.

Next time, I will make this with puff pastry because it is sturdier and I will make it spicier and I will top it with Greek yogurt, because in this family, as you know, we like to dip.

It should be noted the original recipe called for puff pastry, but I couldn't find any at the store, hence the Fyllo dough.

Food Network, WHAT?!

In other news, I bought Parker a recorder (the instrument, not an actual recording device) from WalMart today for $1. (I anticipate regretting this later.) I was trying to teach him how to play it- he can drink from a straw and blow on food when it is hot. My lesson plan included the phrase, "Just put it in your mouth and blow." I laughed for about 5 minutes about this. When I told Josh he followed suit.

Dear Parker-
Your parents are extremely immature. I apologize.

1 comment:

Nancy C said...

Puff pastry=good time.

Phyllo=long nightmare.