436 – Cheese Stuffed Pastries (Cigars & Briwat) / بريوات بجبن الماعز
- 200 grams (7 oz.) goat cheese
- ¼ onion, finely chopped
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Sheets of warka pastry (replace with phyllo dough or spring roll wrappers)
- 1 large egg yolk
- Vegetable oil for frying
1- In a large bowl, combine all the filling ingredients: goat cheese, onion, crushed garlic, chopped parsley, salt, and pepper. Mix well with a fork until smooth.
2- Shape the pastries as follows. Also see illustrations.
a- On a flat work surface, cut the warka (or phyllo) sheets into squares.
b- Take a sheet and place about a tablespoon of the filling onto the edge closest to you, leaving about 0.5 cm (1/4-inch) border along the sides.
c- Fold in the warka edge over the filling.
d- Fold in the left and right sides of the warka towards the center.
d- Roll up the edge tightly, as if you were rolling a carpet.
e- Brush the tip with a little bit of egg yolk to secure the cigar.
Forming Triangles (Briwat)
a- On a flat work surface, cut the warka (or phyllo) sheets into long strips about 5 cm (2-inch) wide.
b- Take a strip and place about a tablespoon of the filling onto the edge closest to you.
c- Fold the bottom left corner (closest to you) of the warka over the filling, aligning it with the right edge of the strip to create a triangle.
d- Now flip the bottom right corner upwards and alight with the left edge of the strip. Continue folding this way, left and right, while maintaining the triangular shape, until you reach the end of the warka strip.
e- Brush the tip with a little bit of egg yolk to secure the triangle.
3- Fry in a hot oil bath until cigars or triangles are golden brown then pat with paper towel to remove excess oil. Or lightly brush with melted butter (or olive oil) and bake in a preheated oven to 180 C / 350 F for about 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.
4- Serve immediately when still hot and crispy.