Mediterranean Phyllo Pizza

Oct 21st

 

This Phyllo pizza is not only beautiful but it tastes amazing. The smell coming from the oven is warm pastry slathered in butter and olive oil, six different Italian Cheeses, Feta, and fresh oregano. I wish I had a slice right now! You could make this for lunch, dinner or an appetizer. I have made it a total of four times now and it is a huge hit. There is a little work involved, but believe me it is worth it. Don’t be intimidated by the phyllo dough, if it breaks and believe me it will, no worries just stack it on top of the layers and make it fit. They key to working with phyllo is to be fairly fast in the assembling part of the recipe. Let me know how you like it, I believe you really, really, will! I have been struggling for the past two months with anxiety, I’m talking about debilitating anxiety. Have any of you struggled with that? I’m wondering if it is passed down from generation to generation. I know my Grandmother, when she was younger had to leave movie theaters in the middle of the movie, back then it was never discussed. I have had some trauma in my life and I know this is why I’m struggling right now but it doesn’t make it any easier. I have had anxiety where I go in the grocery store and have to leave because I’m feeling claustrophobic. I absolutely can’t get in any elevators now, I take the stairs. I used to go scuba diving and as you can imagine, that’s out too. I’m also going through menopause and this could have something to do with part of it. While we were in Michigan, one night Pete and I were just sitting there watching Television and my whole left side started going numb. I thought I was having a stroke. I didn’t think I could swallow. I was very scared. I preceded to have a least one of these anxiety experience’s a day. I’m going for help soon, and hopefully there will be a solution to this awful feeling. You absolutely feel all alone in this, so that is why I’m writing today, if any of you out there are struggling with this feeling believe me I get it! My passion for cooking is still there, so I will continue on with this journey of life and the ups and downs with it. Let me know if you try this wonderful recipe and how you like it, if you don’t know how to comment on my site, you just click continue reading at the bottom and then it will take you to the exact same page, I don’t know why it does this, but it is how my guy set it up, you can then scroll to the bottom and click print for the recipe and comment after that. Thanks and happy cooking, Stacey

Mediterranean Phyllo Pizza adapted from Cuisine At Home by Joanne Weir

Makes one 9 x 12″ pizza

Stir Together:

3 Tbs. unsalted butter, melted

3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil

Combine:

3/4 cup feta, finely crumbled

1 1/2 8 oz packages of blended, shredded Italian cheeses, consisting of Mozzarella, Provolone, Parmesan, Romano, Fontina, and Asiago. Or really just any Italian cheese blend.

2 tsp of dried oregano

salt to taste

Prepare: 1 roll phyllo dough, thawed

Assemble Phyllo With:

Prepared butter mixture

Prepared cheese mixture

4 scallions, thinly sliced

2 cups cherry or grape tomatoes, halved

Preheat oven to 400 degrees with rack positioned at highest level.

Stir together butter and oil in a small bowl. Lightly coat a baking sheet with a little of the mixture; set remainder aside.

Combine cheeses, oregano, and salt in a bowl; set aside.

Prepare phyllo, position a sheet of dough on the center of the oiled baking sheet

Assemble by brushing phyllo very lightly with butter-oil mixture. Layer and brush 2 more sheets, then sprinkle with 3 or 4 Tbs of the cheese mixture. Repeat with 3 more layers, brushing each with butter-oil mixture and sprinkling the third layer with cheese. Continue until you’ve used all the sheets.

Brush the top sheet with the butter-oil mixture and sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Add the scallions and tomatoes and season with salt; Bake until cheese is melted and the phyllo is golden and crisp on the edges 20-25 minutes.

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