Kataifi Pastry and Cheese Rolls

What makes this dish over the top is a squeeze of fresh lemon on top right before you eat it. When it is room temperature, it pops right out of the baking dish. You can cut it up in wedges and taken it with you for some food on the run. You can take out some of the cheese and replace it with ham or bacon as well. You can also thrown in some fresh thyme leaves. It really can take on whatever tone you would like.

PREPARATION

Butter an ovenproof dish. Beat 2 of the eggs in a bowl, season with pepper, then stir in the cheese. Set this filling aside until ready to use in pastry. Tease out the kataifi pastry into 20-25 long strand sections. Keep pastry covered with a damp towel to keep them moist. Take one section of kataifi and pat it down gently. Place about one tablespoon of cheese mixture at one end of pastry and roll up and then place in baking dish. Continue until cheese mixture is rolled up and dish is filled. Heat butter and corn oil together and pour about teaspoon over each roll. At this point, you can wrap and put in freezer or place in refrigerator for about 24 hours. One hour before baking, beat together milk, cream and remaining 2 eggs. Season with pepper. Pour over cheese rolls and let sit for about 1 hour or until liquid is absorbed. Bake in preheated 175C oven for about 35-45 minutes. You want it golden brown and the egg cooked. Serve immediately with a wedge of lemon to be squeezed on the top before eating.

INGREDIENTS
  • tablespoons butter, plus extra for greasing dish
  • eggs
  • Fresh cracked pepper
  • pinches salt
  • 200g feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 1/2cups kaseri or gruyere cheese, grated
  • 300g kataifi pastry
  • tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • lemon, cut in wedges, to serve with each serving

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