"I use a hand-rolled pastry by Basak Pastry that I buy from a Middle Eastern grocer for these Moroccan-style parcels," says Brigitte Hafner. "It's thicker than normal filo and comes in round sheets, and has an excellent texture - quite crunchy - when baked or deep-fried. Use filo if you can't find it." This recipe makes around 18 pastries.
- ½ cup coarsely chopped coriander
- ¼ tsp each ground coriander and paprika
- 1/8 tsp ground cumin
- ¼ garlic clove, coarsely chopped
- 450 gm (about 6) uncooked king prawns, peeled, deveined and coarsely chopped
- 1 egg yolk
- 3 sheets yufka pastry (see note)
- 100 ml extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing, plus extra for shallow-frying
- 100 gm butter, melted, for brushing, plus extra for shallow-frying
Cucumber and mint yoghurt
- 280 gm (1 cup) Greek-style yoghurt
- 1 Lebanese cucumber, unpeeled, grated and pressed in a sieve to remove excess liquid
- 2 tbsp coarsely chopped mint leaves
- 1For cucumber yoghurt, mix yoghurt and 1 tsp sea salt flakes in a bowl, transfer to a sieve lined with muslin placed over a bowl and refrigerate for 2 hours to drain liquid. Meanwhile, drain cucumber in a sieve, pressing to remove excess liquid, then stir into yoghurt along with mint, season to taste and refrigerate until required.
- 2Process coriander, spices and garlic in a food processor to just combine, then add prawns and process briefly until prawn meat is coarsely chopped. Add egg yolk and a pinch of salt, and stir to combine.
- 3Working with a sheet of pastry at a time, brush half of each with a little melted butter mixed with olive oil, then fold over to make a double layer. Cut into 6cm x 20cm strips, then brush each with butter. Place a teaspoonful of prawn mixture close to a short edge of each strip, then fold corner up to form a triangle. Continue folding the strip over, keeping the triangle shape, until enclosed. Brush top with butter to prevent drying and refrigerate (don’t cover) on a tray lined with baking paper.
- 4Preheat oven to 180C and line an oven tray with baking paper. Shallow-fry pastries in equal quantities of olive oil and butter in a large frying pan in batches until golden brown (4-5 minutes), flip over, transfer to prepared tray and finish cooking in oven until crisp and cooked through (2-3 minutes). Serve with cucumber yoghurt.
Note Yufka pastry is available from Turkish and Middle Eastern grocers. If it's unavailable substitute 5 sheets of filo.
Drink Suggestion: Pazos de Lusco Albarino. Drink suggestion by James Broadway
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