A quick recipe for a summer dinner!
Tunisian Egg Briks
Briks are deep-fried filo turnovers, very popular in Morocco. Now that I have the time, and that Edible Flowers: a Kitchen Companion is at the publisher’s (December 2014 pub date!), I am rediscovering my “old” books, and favorite tested recipes. So much work goes into developing a good one, why reinvent the wheel???
Here is one I particularly like, even though it calls for action at the last minute. Frying the brik and serving it piping hot is part of the fun. So is eating it with your fingers and having a little egg yolk dribble down your chin! ! Briks are usually filled with an egg, a little diced onion, and chopped parsley and cilantro to taste. I sometimes opt for a savory mix of mashed potato and tuna. Let your imagination run wild!
1 package frozen filo dough
vegetable oil for deep frying
For the filling:
1 cup onion, finely diced
1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley per brik
1 teaspoon chopped fresh cilantro per brik
salt and pepper to taste
wedges of lemon
Thaw the filo overnight in the refrigerator, or two hours at room temperature. Unfold filo. Using an 8-inch bowl or plate as a template, cut filo rounds with a sharp knife. Each sheet of filo should yield two rounds. Place the rounds on a plate, and cover with plastic wrap until ready to use.
Use two filo rounds per brik. Rewrap and refreeze any leftover filo for future use. Stack the rounds you are going to use.
Pour 1 inch of oil in a large skillet, and heat until a piece of phyllo sizzles.
Break one egg in a bowl. The yolk must not break.
Have the chopped herbs, the chopped onion, and the spices ready. Separate two rounds. Gently place them in the skillet, half in, and half hanging over the side.
Carefully place the egg on the half inside the pan, sprinkle with cilantro, onion, parsley, and salt and pepper. Quickly fold over the other half of filo to form a turnover, and hold the edges sealed with a fork.
Using two spatulas, turn the brik over gently to fry the other side until golden brown. Remove immediately, drain well on paper towel, decorate, and place on serving plate with a wedge of lemon.
Variation: Try a little Mexican salsa over the egg, instead of the herbs.
From The Vegetarian Table: North Africa (Chronicle Books 1998) by Kitty Morse.
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