I've had this post sitting in my drafts folder since February.... waiting for me to re-do the recipes and take better pictures. However, since filo pastry is such a rare treat in our home it hasn't happened! And we have refined our diet even more in the last few months so the chances of filo making a re-appearance are now even more rare than previously!
So you'll just have to trust me when I say that even though the pictures are not the greatest, that each of these is totally delicious!!!!!
Filo Fillers - Tasty Pastry Options
I don't really know what it is.....
Perhaps it's having to be so tender so the pastry doesn't tear.
Perhaps it's experimenting with the many different types of fillings.
Perhaps it's the excitement of feeling like we're having something a little bit fancy for dinner even though it's really easy to make.
Perhaps it's the fun of brushing over them knowing that their pale skin is going to come out brown and blistered when it's baked.
Perhaps it's just knowing they are a real treat....
Whatever it is, I recommend you try these fillings!
And be sure to let me know if you find rolling filo pastry just as comforting as I do!!!
Although they reheat well, the pastry is never quite the same as when they are fresh from the oven.
For each of these recipes I will give quantities to make 4-5 pastries depending on how generous you are with your fillings.
The instructions are the same for each filling - just different ingredients are used.
I recommend using 2-3 sheets to roll each pastry. I find that using just one sheet will tear and/or get soggy. And no-one like a soggy bottom ;-)
Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.
Place approximately a 1/2 cup of the filling onto 2-3 sheets of the filo pastry in the center and roll the pastry up, being sure to tuck the ends in to minimalise leakage.
Place on a lined baking tray and brush with plant milk.
Bake in a preheated 200C oven for 20 minutes until golden brown.
Tomato and Bean Filo Rolls
4 chopped fresh tomatoes
1 tin drained borlotti beans
1 teaspoon salsa spice mix
Curried Pumpkin Filo Rolls
1/4 small pumpkin - cut into cubes and cooked til tender
1 tin 4 bean mix, drained
1/2 cup corn kernels
1 zucchini, chopped and cooked
1 teaspoon curry powder
Potato and Pea Filo Triangles
2 cups mashed potato
1/2 cup frozen peas, cooked
1 teaspoon Rogan Josh spice blend
(I boil the potatoes and peas together to make life easier. I also like to wrap these ones into triangle shapes just to be different!)
|(This is an example of what happens if you overlook the milk-brushing part, still delicious but the pastry ends up really dry.)|
Question of the day:
Do you use filo pastry?
What are some of your favourite fillers?