TURKEY: Borek and Lemon Hummus
1/4 pound crumbled feta cheese 3/4 cups)
1/4 cup ricotta
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 tablespoon each chopped dill, parsley, and/or mint (herbs can be combined in any amount or omitted altogether)
¼-1/2 pound frozen phyllo dough, thawed
1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted
Heat oven to 375.
Stir together feta, ricotta, eggs, and herbs in a large bowl.
Melt butter to use in phyllo station
Unroll the thawed dough onto a clean surface, cut in ½ h
“hamburger” style, so it is about the same size of an 8x8 baking dish, and cover it with a large piece of plastic wrap, then a damp dish towel.
Brush the bottom of an 8x8 pan with butter, then lay down a sheet of phyllo and brush it with butter. Continue layering and buttering until you've used half the phyllo sheets (probably 10 or so)
Spread the filling evenly before layering and buttering the remaining phyllo sheets on top of it
Use a sharp knife to cut the borek into 9 small squares, cutting through all the layers.
Bake about 40 to 50 minutes until brown. Serve warm or at room temperature
Lemon Hummus and Veggies
1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained
1 tablespoon tahini (can be omitted)
3 tablespoons lemon juice
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon zested lemon peel
½ clove minced garlic
1 teaspoon salt
Serving veggies: cherry tomatoes, baby carrots, snap peas, and/or other fresh veggies
Combine all but water and serving veggies in food processor. Add water one spoonful at a time until hummus is creamy.
Serve with fresh veggies of your choice.
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