I am not sure if January or now February is the cruellest month but it feels like it here in Vancity. Actually the weather hasn’t been that bad but it’s raining right now so I can complain. If you’re like me you might have a few items in your fridge and/or cupboards left over from special holiday dishes. I’ve been staring at the half package of phyllo in the freezer for a few weeks now and decided to do something about it yesterday. I like working with phyllo and it’s not that bad for you as long as you don’t go too crazy with the butter or olive oil. I decided to a kind of phyllo pie thing and it turned out pretty well.
Phyllo Pie with Zucchini and Feta
Preheat oven to 400
Yield 8-10 portions (depends how you slice it)
2 T minced garlic
1 large zucchini (about 1 lb) sliced thinly lengthwise
1/4 c. melted butter or olive oil
2 c. tomato sauce (whatever type you prefer)
8-10 sheets phyllo
1 package of veggie ground beef (I like Yves brand)
3 oz crumbled or sliced feta
-spray a deep baking dish with cooking spray
-layer 2 sheets of phyllo and brush with a little of the butter or oil
-place the zucchini slices over the phyllo
-season with salt and pepper, you could add some oregano too if you like or basil
-spoon the tomato sauce over top and sprinkle the garlic over
-add the “beef”
-finally add the feta
-top with 2 more sheets of phyllo brushed with oil or butter and do it twice
-don’t worry if the phyllo rips or crumbles just stick it on
-place in the oven for 35 minutes
It gets a nice golden brown on top and slices up easily, you could also double this recipe and do another layer of everything to make a phyllo lasagne. This is nice and light with just a bit of cheese, the strong flavour of the feta lets you get away with only using a little bit. You could also add more veggies like spinach or peppers and change the cheese or leave it out if you want. You could add a quick salad and boom, dinner!
I just got my copy of Jerusalem, the cookbook that’s everywhere these days (finally, it’s been sold out everywhere since Christmas) and am super excited about it. It will definitely be inspiring some future posts. I am making something from it tonight and am just trying to work up the courage to venture out in the rain. I can feel Spring just around the corner though and am just generally a happy camper today! Hence all the exclamation points!!!