When I first met my wife I soon realised she wasn’t joking about her vegetarianism. This dish, the first she created for me, introduced me to the wonderful world of filo pastry.
Filo is delicate and flaky (unlike me of course) and must be treated with care.
To prepare Filo Pastry Happiness you will need:
- Filo Pastry (you could make it yourself but seriously I’m not Antony Worrall Thompson)
- Bell Peppers
- Olive Oil
- Gooey cheese (like Gouda)
First you need to fry up the garlic, onion, peppers and mushrooms and then simmer in wine:
Boil off the juices and add some chopped parsley:
Place the concoction on a plate to cool down. Now its filo time. Get your filo out and cut the strips in half lengthways. Lay a strip on a lightly floured surface and smear some olive oil on top. Then lay another piece on top at an angle. Now dollop some of the filling in the middle (you should lay a damp kitchen roll tissue over the remaining filo pastry to keep it from drying out).
Pop some Gouda and Parmesan on top. Now wrap the sucker up with additional layers of pastry, smothering in oil as you go:
You should be able to make about 4 parcels. Put on a baking tray lined with parchment and then brush with olive oil
Bake for about 15 minutes until dark gold:
Oozing globes of loveliness
Now serve up with chips…sorry fries (double fried to ensure they are are lovely too)!
I’m not going to suggest the chips look better than the parcel.