|You can decorate on a budget: Some plates, glasses & flowers from Wal Mart, table runner from Pier One, container $8 thrift store find, $1 candle holders.|
Well I have been wanting to work with Fillo for a long time and never got the nerve to do so until I saw a recipe in a magazine where they used it. It did not look that difficult so decided to try it for my next dinner party, #4. Being that it was the week after Easter I decided to use lamb. Went to local butcher and got some prime chops as well as cuts from a leg. I had him cut the meat into cubes so that I could kabob them. I cooked them on the grill til just about done with onion and slices of orange wedges. I applied a spice rub called Limnos Lamb Rub from the Savory Spice Shop in Austin, TX. If you have never visited there you should. It is a remarkable place and smells glorious inside. The ladies there are best friends and are really knowledgable about all the spices there.
What I decided to do with the kabobs after cooking is what I think made the dinner so interesting. I took them off the skewers and allowed them to cool just a bit so I could cut them into smaller pieces. As they cooled I mixed together onion, mushrooms and coconut milk (plain) as a roux to pour over the lamb once placed in fillo dough......They say to keep the dough covered and you really should with a damp paper towel, but all the plastic covering is overkill and was too much to manage.....I just worked really fast and had everything prepared and ready to put inside the dough as they suggest on the box. If you work quickly it is not a problem and I made 8 of these little pouches. So I placed the layers down, about 4 sheets, then placed the cut lamb on sheets and covered with the roux mixture. Then I just folded them up and placed on a porcelain cookie sheet. I made larger ones for the men and smaller ones for the ladies. I don't know what made me think of coconut milk but wanted to make the roux smooth and creamy so tried it. I thought about the exotic spices I put on the meat. It was like my mouth was telling my mind what to mix and put together. It was delicious.
Someone commented at the table that they were amazed that I would be so brave to try something I have never fixed before and what if it didn't turn out......I replied that everyone at the table cares about me and would understand if we had to order pizza. We did not have to order take out and it was all delicious. My go to salad was the mango, red onion and cilantro (that is it, no dressing needed) which added a complimentary flare and freshness to the layered buttery dough with lamb. Sometimes the spontaneous things in life are the ones that turn out best. Don't be afraid to try things, trust your mouth's instincts to mix flavors and enjoy the process in the preparation knowing the gift of blessing others really is a gift back to you.