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TRIANGLES WITH CHEESE AND GARLIC

MOROCCAN BRIOUATS

 

Ingredients for 36 triangles:

Filling:

7 large eggs

1 cup (4 ounces) freshly grated Gruyere cheese

12 cloves garlic, peeled, halved, germ removed

12 green olives, pitted

1/3 cup fresh Italian parsley sprigs

6 fresh mint leaves, minced

--Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

2 teaspoons sweet paprika

Wrapper:

1 stick butter melted

1/2 pound phyllo dough (10 sheets)

Garnish: lemon wedges

 

Directions:

Filling:

Place 6 eggs in a saucepan and cover with an inch of cool water.  Bring the water to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.  Immediately drain off the water, cool the eggs under cold running water and peel.  Drop the garlic pieces through the feed tube of a food processor while it is running.  Place the eggs and olives in the bowl and pulse until they are finely chopped.  Add the grated cheese, parsley, mint and paprika to the bowl and continue pulsing until these are finely minced.  Pulse in salt and pepper to taste.  Finally add the uncooked, lightly beaten egg and process briefly until the mixture has a spreadable consistency.  Transfer mixture to a bowl.

 

Making triangles:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Melt the butter and let it cool slightly.

Open the phyllo dough package and remove 2 sheets.  Close, wrap and refrigerate remaining phyllo.  Lay the sheets out on a clean cutting board. Brush the bottom sheet with butter by lifting the top sheet and folding it in half on itself.  Repeat with the other half.  Butter the top sheet.  Cut the full sheets into 6 strips about 3" wide.

 

Place 1 tablespoon of cheese filling at the bottom of the first strip in a triangular shape with the base of the triangle along the bottom.  Turn the  cheese-laden triangle over so that the bottom edge of the strip is lined up with the left edge of the strip.  Now fold the triangle up.  Repeat this pattern of folding the triangle over then up along the length of the strip.  Lay the triangle with the end of the strip down on the pan and brush the top of the triangle with butter.

 

Bake the triangles on an unoiled bake sheet for 10-12 minutes, until they are lightly browned.  Let them cool briefly before serving.

 

Garnish with lemon wedges.