Monday, 9 December 2013

Roasted Vegetable and Feta Filo Spiral

roasted vegetable and filo spiral
This tasty filo pie would be ideal for a vegetarian Christmas dinner, as it can be made in advance and reheated on the day and looks quite impressive. It's also tasty cold, if there are any leftovers.

I adapted the recipe from The Greek Vegetarian by Diane Kochilas. The original dish is called Striftopita and is made with pumpkin and seasoned with  mint. My version has a more British flavour as I've added mushrooms and sage, so that it will go with the accompaniments for a traditional roast dinner.

I recently made this dish for a dinner party. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a photo after I'd baked it the first time (I blame the wine!) so it looks rather anaemic in my photo below. As you can see from my second attempt, it looks much better once baked!

Serves 4-6
  • ½ butternut squash, peeled and cubed (approx 450g/1lb in weight before peeling)
  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed  (approx 450/1lb in weight before peeling)
  • 100g/4oz chestnut mushrooms, diced
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 2 tsp fresh sage, finely chopped
  • 100g/4oz feta, crumbled
  • 4 tbsp fine bulgur wheat
  • black pepper to season
  • 1 pack of filo pastry
  • 5 tbsp olive oil
Preheat the oven to 190C/180C Fan/Gas 5/375F.
Drizzle the squash and sweet potato with 2 tbsp olive oil and roast for around 25-30 minutes, turning once or twice, until soft and lightly browned.
Meanwhile, sweat the chopped onion in a pan, with a drop of oil, until soft.
Add the sage and mushrooms to the onion pan and cook for a further 5 minutes. 
Remove the roasted vegetables from the oven and mash the mixture lightly to break up the lumps slightly.
Crumble in the feta, add the bulgur wheat and onion/mushroom mixture and stir well to combine.
Season with black pepper. 

To construct the spiral (see photo, starting bottom left corner)

Lie one sheet of filo pastry horizontally on a large board. Brush with a little oil and fold in half lengthwise.
Spoon 3-4 tbsp of the vegetable mixture in a line along the centre of the pastry to form a rough sausage shape, leaving a 5cm/2" gap at each end.
Brush the 2 long edges of the filo with olive oil.
Fold in the two short edges.
Roll up from one long edge to the other (like a long, thin burrito!) to form a cylindrical roll.
Place the first cylinder around the edge of a greased baking dish. Repeat, placing each roll next to the previous one to form a spiral. Brush with olive oil.
The pie can be covered and refrigerated at the point and cooked the next day.

Bake for 45-60 minutes until golden brown and crisp.
Either serve one roll per person, or cut a wedge-shaped slice each.

Alternatives: Swap the feta for any other white, crumbly cheese such as Cheshire or Wensleydale, if preferred. Vary the vegetables used - for my second attempt, I used fried aubergine and roasted courgette and bell peppers.
You could also roll the stuffing mixture in puff pastry to make vegetarian sausage rolls or use to fill cannelloni.
For a vegan version, omit the feta cheese and replace with toasted pine nuts or chopped walnuts.

Find an amazing range of fantastic veggie Christmas dishes at .
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  1. Looks great! Do you have a picture of the cooked spiral?

    1. Thanks. Unfortunately I forgot to take I'll have to cook it again and then update the post.


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