Bird's nests with cheese
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Bird's nests with cheese
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Last updated 6/12/2012 12:56:41 AM. Recipe ID 18991. Report a problem with this recipe.
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      Title: Bird's nests with cheese
 Categories: Pastries, Masterchefs, Greek, Am
      Yield: 4 Servings
      2    Eggs, lightly beaten
    1/2 c  Cheese, parmesan, grated
      2 tb Cheese, ricotta
      2 ts Mint, fresh, chopped OR
    1/2 ts Mint, dried
      1 pn Pepper, black, ground

MMMMM---------------------PASTRY AND GARNISH--------------------------
      8    Pastry, phyllo, sheets
    1/2 c  Butter, clarified **
    3/4 c  Cheese, Kasseri, crumbled OR
    3/4 c  Cheese, feta, crumbled
      8    Olives, calamata (garnish)
       ** See "Clarified Butter" recipe.
  Filling: ========
       In mixing bowl, combine eggs, Parmesan, ricotta, mint and
  pepper. Set aside.
       Preheat oven to 375 F.
       Cut phyllo pastry sheets in half crosswise and cover with waxed
  paper and a lightly dampened kitchen towel.
       Place 2 half sheets of phyllo, one on top of the other,
  horizontally on a work surface, trim off and discard a 1 inch strip
  from 1 short edge of sheets.
       Pull top sheet toward you so that it overlaps bottom sheet by
  about 1 1/2 inches.  Dot exposed surfaces with clarified butter.
       Place a 1/2 inch diameter dowel or no.  11 knitting needle about
  1 1/2 inches from long edge farthest from you.  Fold edge over dowel.
       Spread about 1 teaspoon of filling along edge of folded flap.
       Fold dowel over filling; then carefully roll up phyllo toward
  you, leaving 1 1/2 inch strip at bottom edge.
       Holding edges of the pastry at ends of dowel, gently press them
  toward center, forming pleats as you would on a curtain rod.
       (Do not worry if some filling oozes out.)
       Firmly holding ends of pastry to maintain pleats, carefully pull
  out dowel.  Bring rolled edges of pastry around, forming a circle;
  the unrolled border will form bottom of each bird's nest.
       Transfer bird's nest to ungreased baking sheet.  Brush all
  exposed surfaces of pastry generously with clarified butter.  Bake
  until golden, about 15 minutes.
       Remove baking sheet from oven and place about 1 1/2 tablespoons
  of Kasseri in center of each nest.  Return to oven until cheese is
  bubbly. 3 to 4 minutes.
       Place an olive in center of each nest.
       Serve hot.

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Recipe ID 18991 (Apr 03, 2005)

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