1 recipe Basic Meat Sauce, very thick
1 and 1/2 pounds phyllo, thawed and at room temperature
1/2 pound unsalted butter, melted
mozzarella cheese cut into chunks
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, 177 degrees Celsius.
Cut the phyllo in half while it is still in the package.
Keep a lightly damp towel with a dry kitchen towel handy to keep the phyllo covered so that it does not dry out and crumble. Cover the phyllo first with the dry towel and then with the damp towel.
Layer four strips of phyllo drizzling each layer with some melted butter.
Place a heaping tablespoon of the meat sauce on the bottom and top with a few chunks of mozzarella. Fold flag style and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Continue to do this until all of the meat sauce and phyllo is finished. This batch makes about 12 large turnovers. You can also make these small appetizer sized like my Tiropita/Cheese Pie recipe.
Brush the top of each turnover with the melted butter.
Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden and crisp.
These freeze beautifully and are great to have ready to bake. To freeze, do not bake them. Place them onto a baking sheet and wrap with plastic wrap.
When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, 177 degrees Celsius. Place as many turnovers as you want to serve onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Cover with foil. bake covered for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake uncovered for an additional 15 minutes or until golden and crisp.
Serve these with a nice soup or salad or as is with a side of Tzatziki Sauce.