Monday, June 25, 2012

95. Savory Lamb Baklava

This is basically a meat pie, made with fillo pastry, and cut in a way similar to the sweet nut baklawa.
It is much lighter than a traditional meat pie, which might contain a cream based sauce or beschamel which renders it more suitable for colder days.
Served beside a light tossed salad, it makes a satisfying warm-weather meal.
A minced mutton mixture is layered between crisp paper-thin fillo sheets, browned to perfection, then possibly served with a generous drizzle of rich tangy pomegranate molasses to enhance the over-all flavor.



750g minced mutton
2 onions, chopped
1 can tomato, pureed
salt & pepper
1/2 cup chopped parsley
1/4 cup (50g) butter, melted
10 sheets fillo pastry


Over medium-high heat, saute the minced meat until brown.
Add the onions and keep tossing until onion is transparent and meat begins to take color.
Season with salt and pepper, and the can to tomatoes, and let simmer until reduced and quite thick.
Remove from heat and stir in the parsley.

Heat the oven to 370°F.
Assemble the deep baking dish as follows:
4 sheets of pastry, each brushed with butter,
Half the meat mixture,
3 sheets of pastry, each brushed with butter,
Half the meat mixture,
3 sheets of pastry, each brushed with butter.

Score the assembled pie into square, and pour any remaining button on top.
Bake for 40 to 45 minutes until golden brown.
Serve drizzled with pomegranate molasses.

 صحة و عافية


Denise ahmad said...

Very delicious I made it tonight.. I did add some curry and 7 spice but that's personal taste for my husband. I was worried he wouldn't like it because last night he said no baklava is sweet!! Alhamdulillah I found this blog.. Even my husband's family in Iraq are impressed with pictures I post of the food.. Do you happen to know how to make daheena? I found a recipe but for some reason it doesn't turn out the same as other people that make it.

Maryam Mohammed said...

I love it when recipes work out! Delicious additions too.
I would love to see your pictures of recipes from this blog too, and I could feature them in a post (if you like, send me an email at maryamcw(at)yahoo(dot)com).
Sure, I will try out a couple of recipes and post the best one for diheena in sha Allah.