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Zucchini & Feta Phyllo Spiral: Kolokythopita Strifti

This is a beautiful dish to serve to friends and family. The phyllo pastry bakes up to a crisp and flaky perfection and the filling is full of fresh zucchini, herbs, and feta cheese. Make small individual spirals to serve as a main vegetarian course along with creamy tzatziki and a salad (or soup), or the great big one to serve as an elegant appetizer. Your guests will love every bite!

 

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Zucchini & Feta Phyllo Spiral: Kolokythopita Strifti

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By DImitra Khan Serves: 8-10

This is a beautiful dish to serve to friends and family. The phyllo pastry bakes up to a crisp and flaky perfection and the filling is full of fresh zucchini, herbs, and feta cheese. Make small individual spirals to serve as a main vegetarian course along with creamy tzatziki and a salad (or soup), or the great big one to serve as an elegant appetizer. Your guests will love every bite!

Ingredients

  • 1-pound phyllo, thawed and at room temperature
  • 8 ounces salted butter, melted
  • For the filling:
  • 5 zucchinis, grated
  • 8 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
  • 6 ounces shredded gouda cheese
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • ¼ cup finely chopped mint
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

1

Place the grated zucchini in a colander and sprinkle with ½ teaspoon of salt. Toss to coat and set aside either in the sink or over a large bowl to catch the liquid that drains. Set aside for at least 30 minutes. Squeeze the zucchini with your hands to release as much of the liquid as possible.

2

Preheat the oven to 400 °F, 200 °C.

3

Place the strained zucchini in a large mixing bowl.

4

Add all of the remaining filling ingredients and mix well.

5

Place one sheet of phyllo on a clean work surface and drizzle with some melted butter.

6

Place another phyllo sheet on top and drizzle with butter.

7

Spread 1/3 cup of the zucchini filling on the bottom portion of the phyllo and roll it up.

8

Coil the phyllo roll and place it on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.

9

Continue to form the zucchini phyllo rolls.

10

You may form the rolls into individual coils and place them on the baking tray or coil each roll around the small coil to form a large spiral as shown in the video.

11

Brush the Spiral(s) with the remaining melted butter and sprinkle with a small amount of salt on top. Sprinkle some sesame seeds on top as well if desired.

12

Bake the spirals on the center rack of the oven until golden and crisp. About 40 minutes.

13

Serve with creamy tzatziki sauce. Enjoy!

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