Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Greek Vegetarian "meat" fillo dough pie!

It's Greek cause I used Fillo (phyllo) dough!

Things you'll need;
9 x 13 inch pan
12 fillo dough sheets
1 bag of vegetarian meat crumbles(I used morningstar)
1 small bag of rice(I usually use brown rice, but I used white cause I was out of brown)
1 package of whole white mushrooms
6 garlic cloves
2 onions
1/2 jar of tomato sauce
dried oregano
Olive oil, salt &pepper,paprika,onion and garlic powder, garlic pepper
(if you don't have the onion powder or garlic pepper on hand its not a big deal and won't change the taste much.) 


Step 1
Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees

Step 2
Slice onions, and quarter mushrooms.
pour a bit of olive oil in a pan, and preheat the pan on a medium to high heat, once oil is hot enough throw in the mushrooms and onions stirring often, cook till onions are translucent and mushrooms are nice and soft. Once thats done, add the "meat crumbles" and a little more Olive oil as needed, mix well;  at this time you will also want to mince your garlic directly into the pan while the mixture is cooking, stir well and adjust flame accordingly, (while thats cooking, feel free to throw the rice in a pot of water)

Step 3
Once step 2 is done, add 1/2 jar of  tomato sauce, and a generous amount of Oregano and mix it in good! Once that is all done, the rice should be just about ready, drain, and add it to the mixture and combine it well. taste it, see if its to your liking, at this point if  you think it needs more oregano, add more. Same with the salt and pepper or garlic powder and onion powder. Now that the mixture is put together, put it on the lowest heat and stir, cover for a minute, then taste it again, if its good to you, turn off the pan and let it cool down a bit.
Step 4
While thats cooling,  Get your 9x13 pan out, coat the bottom with olive oil, not a lot, just enough to cover the bottom, Take your thawed fillo dough out of the fridge and, unroll it, and layer one sheet at a time,lightly brushing with olive oil between each sheet, 6 on the bottom, 6 on the top, After the first 6 layers are done, spread the filling evenly covering the the entire dough, then do the same thing you did with the bottom half, to the top half!
Step 5
Once the thats all done,  glaze the top layer of fillo with olive oil, and sprinkle paprika, pepper, and oregano, cut 5 diamond shapes and pop it into a 375 degrees pre-heated oven for 30-40 minutes, till its golden brown and crunchy, once its finished, let it cool;

Serve with a potato and a salad for a hearty meal, enjoy!

Moms plate! :)

I like to pour a bit of olive oil in a cup with some herbs, mix it and then brush it onto the layers!

Take your dough out of the freezer the night before and put it into the fridge so it has plenty of time to thaw.

If you don't have a brush you can pour a little oil at a time, and with very clean hands, gently spread it evenly on the sheet.

Peel your garlic before you start the cooking process, it's just easier.

Try adding peppers, I didn't have any on hand, if i did I would of used them! I think baby spinach would be good too!

Hope you enjoy this recipe! If you have a twist on this recipe, feel free to post it!

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