Sunday, December 19, 2010

Phyllo dough dumplings

Bought a packet of phyllo dough a while back. Tried different recipes with it but most attempts did not yield satisfying results. Thought this recipe up because my tasters at home, i.e my kids, wanted something different for a snack. It's easy and makes a great finger food.

12 sheets of phyllo dough
Meat filling:-
1/4 lb each of ground chicken, ground pork and ground beef
1/2 cup shredded cheese ( provolone, romano, parmesan)
2 stalks of green onion
1/4 cup of cilantro leaves, stalks removed
1 egg
4 tbsps of water
2 tbsps of sesame oil
1 tsp of poultry seasoning
1 tsp of salt
1/2 tsp of black pepper

1/2 stick of butter, melted for brushing on phyllo dough
1 egg, beaten 
cooking spray

1. Thaw phyllo dough according to package instructions.
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix all ingredients for the meat filling except for the cheese in a food processor. Mix until smooth, then stir in the cheese and set aside. Meanwhile, line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray.
3. Place 1 sheet of phyllo dough on a dry and clean kitchen counter or a large cutting board. Brush with melted butter before placing the second sheet of dough on top. Scoop a heaping teaspoonful of meat filling onto the dough  about 1 inch apart while pressing down slightly. Brush melted butter around the edges and in between the meat filling. Place the 3rd sheet of dough over the meat filling. Again, brush melted butter around and in between the meat filling. Repeat with the 4th sheet of dough. Using a knife, cut out the meat dumplings and trim edges as necessary.  I like to trim them into 2 inches squares. Move dumplings onto the lined baking sheet and brush dumplings with the beaten egg.
6. Place baking sheet in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Serve while hot with ranch dressing on the side. This recipe yields about 45 dumplings.

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