The recipe below partners with the corresponding how-to episode on our new YouTube cooking series, Flippin’ Greek! ™, to show you how we do it in our kouzina. Join us!
PREP TIME: 15 minutes, plus standing
COOKING TIME: about 45 minutes
BAKING TIME: 25 minutes
SERVINGS: 4 to 8
1/2 cup dried lentils, picked over and rinsed
1 3/4 cups vegetable broth
1 bay leaf
2 tablespoons almonds
2 tablespoons pistachios
2 tablespoons cashews
1/2 cup canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained well
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/4 cup chopped scallion
1 plum tomato, chopped and liquid drained
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/8 teaspoon Aleppo pepper
12 (14-by-18-inch) sheets #4 or #5, or 8 sheets #7 phyllo dough, thawed according to package directions
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing phyllo
1. In a medium saucepan, combine the lentils, broth, and bay leaf and add enough cold water to cover by 1 inch. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook until tender, 30 to 40 minutes. All the liquid should be absorbed. If not, drain well. Discard the bay leaf.
2. In a food processor, pulse the nuts until chopped. Add the chickpeas and pulse until coarsely chopped. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the lentils, bell pepper, scallion, tomato, 2 tablespoons olive oil, the salt, and Aleppo pepper until combined well.
3. Heat oven to 375°F and arrange rack in center. Place 1 sheet of phyllo on work surface with the narrow side facing you (keeping remaining sheets covered with a damp kitchen towel or a sheet of plastic wrap) and brush all the way to the edges with olive oil. Repeat layering for a total of 3 sheets of #4 or #5 dough, or 2 sheets of #7 dough, brushing the top sheet with olive oil.
4. Spoon one quarter of the legume mixture in the center of the phyllo. Fold over the edge of the phyllo closest to you, covering the filling. Brush with olive oil, then fold in the sides, brushing them with olive oil. Fold the filled side over to the end of the phyllo, trimming any overhang, and generously brush all over with olive oil. (Can be made ahead. Place in a single layer in an airtight container and freeze up to 1 month. Bake, unthawed, as directed, adding about 10 minutes to baking time.) Place, seam-side down, on a small heavy-duty rimmed baking sheet. Repeat with remaining phyllo, oil, and filling to make 3 more burritos.
5. Bake about 25 minutes, until golden throughout. Serve immediately or let cool, place in an airtight container, and refrigerate overnight (reheat in a 350°F oven until warm throughout).
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I hope you enjoy making our Legume Phyllo-Burritos. Join us next week for a Palm Sunday Greek fish recipe—no meat, lots of flavor!
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ABOUT Kukla’s Kouzina Flippin’ Greek! ™
Flippin’ Greek! ™ is our new cooking series on YouTube and the next exciting chapter in our kouzina. Every Monday we flip a familiar non-Greek recipe to Greek-island style using ingredients and cooking techniques found in Karpathos. Each episode runs 2 to 15 minutes, the perfect length for us to quickly show you how to recreate foods and beverages/cocktails right alongside us.
The ingredients used in Greek-island cuisine is what sets this style of cooking apart from standard Greek fare, giving meals a fresh take that keeps them interesting. Karpathos, the home of Kukla’s Kouzina, has its own unique style, and we’ll show you how to take common dishes and reinvent them into Karpathian versions with our simple substitutions.
Many think that everyday Greek cooking is made up of dishes like spanakopita (spinach pie), moussaka, and pastitsio. These are classics for sure, but too time-consuming to make on a regular basis. During our time in Karpathos, we learned that the locals’ quick meals made from the island’s staples like fresh vegetables, fruit, herbs, spices, and protein, prepared using certain methods, came out tasting Greek-island delicious. So we thought this would be a great way to bring our hometown flavor into YOUR kouzina, adding some spicy variety to your life while keeping it simple and fast. Recipes for each week will be posted right here on our blog with links to the episodes.
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