Lamb Phyllo Pockets

March 3, 2010

Author Notes: I'm a big fan of "do ahead" so that I can enjoy my own party. With this recipe, you can make the filling ahead of time and roll them up and toss them in the oven at the last minute for a hot appetizer. nannydeb

Serves: small party


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced small
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground lamb or beef
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper or to taste
  • 1/2 cup blood orange juice
  • 1/2 cup blood orange segments, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 box frozen phyllo dough sheets
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
In This Recipe


  1. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions and garlic and cook about 2 minutes.
  2. Add the lamb and cook until done. If the meat is fatty, drain the fat off.
  3. Add the oregano, salt, pepper and orange juice. Simmer about 5 minutes or until the juice is reduced, almost gone. Set aside.
  4. Once the meat mixture is cooled slightly, add the orange segments, fresh mint and crumbled feta.
  5. Lightly butter a cookie sheet. Spread out one sheet of phyllo dough and brush it with butter. Spread out a second sheet of phyllo dough and brush it with butter too. Cut the sheet in half lenghwise.
  6. Put a heaping tablespoon of the meat mixture on one corner on the end of the phyllo strip. Fold like a flag and when you get to the end, brush it with butter to make it stick.
  7. Repeat the process with the remaining filling and phyllo sheets.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve hot.
  9. I haven't tried rolling them and freezing them yet, but I bet it would work too.

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