A sumptuous combination of ground meat simmered in a cinnamon perfumed tomato sauce with tangy feta cheese and surrounded by crispy, flaky layers of phyllo dough. The triangles make perfect appetizers. Use the filling in a traditional pan pita for a fantastic family meal!
This is one of my husband’s favorites, and I don’t blame him. The flavors are incredible!Susan Tweeton
- 1 lb. lean ground beef or lamb
- 1 large onion (grated or finely chopped)
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 can.tomato paste
- 1 cup water (or ½ cup water and ½ cup red wine)
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 2 tablespoons dried breadcrumbs
- ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese or 8 ounces chopped feta cheese
- 1 pound phyllo dough
- ½–1 pound unsalted butter or 1 cup olive oil
- Sauté onion in olive oil; do not brown.
- Brown ground beef or lamb; drain well.
- Add browned ground meat, tomato paste, water (or water and wine), cinnamon, and nutmeg to onion mixture.
- Simmer about 20 minutes over medium heat; sauce will not be juicy.
- Remove from stove; let cool for about 10 – 15 minutes.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper (do not over salt; cheese is salty).
- Add feta or Parmesan cheese, beaten eggs, and dried breadcrumbs; mix well.
- Prepare filling.
- Thaw frozen dough at room temperature for 5 hours or in refrigerator overnight).
- Cover phyllo sheets with a moist tea towel to prevent drying.
- Place 1 phyllo sheet on clean work surface and brush with either oil or butter.
- Cut buttered/oiled sheet in half.
- Place 1 teaspoon of desired filling at bottom right hand corner of phyllo strip.
- Fold corner over to opposite edge, making a triangle.
- Continue folding (as you would a flag), keeping triangular shape with each fold.
- Place each completed triangle seam side down on baking sheet.
- Repeat with remaining filling and phyllo; brush each triangle top with melted butter.*
- Bake at 350° for about 15–20 minutes until golden brown.
*Triangles may be frozen unbaked. When baking from frozen state, do not defrost first. Preheat oven to 350°, and bake for about 20–25 minutes until golden brown. You may have to bake them a little longer or flip them over in the oven.