Thursday, May 26, 2011

Three Cheese Mushroom Strudel

Yummy, rich, cheesy and wrapped in crispy phyllo, pretty much heaven!  It all started with a large container of dried mushrooms that I got, in a roundabout way, at Costco.   The funny part is that a friend bought them and had them or a month or so, and couldn't figure out what to do with them… her solution?  Give it to me to figure out!  What the heck am I going to do with them now?  ***Note, even though I used these dried mushrooms, fresh mushrooms work exactly the same!

The funny part is… I am not even that big of a mushroom fan!  I eat them and all, but I would never lust after them like some big mushroom fans do.  I do like anything baked in Phyllo dough though… I mean who wouldn’t?  It’s crispy, flakey, buttery and delicious, AND easy to make.  Ha, I know you don’t believe me, but once you’ve tried this, you’ll be wrapping everything in Phyllo dough. This mushroom filling is incredible... I was hoping for leftovers to do something else with.... anything else!!!

Phyllo is Greek pastry in super thin sheets, and you find it in the freezer section, probably by the frozen pies, puff pastry kinda spot. It costs about $4-$5 but you can make a lot with one box and it does keep for a couple of weeks if it’s well wrapped. It’s thaws pretty quickly, but I would recommend that you thaw it in the fridge overnight…. Even though I bought it the morning I needed it, so I left it on the counter until I started cooking. This recipe makes two strudels, but if you only need one, you can freeze one of them after you make it, but before you bake it.  Got it?

What?  You don’t know what a strudel is???  Stayed tuned, you’ll see.

Makes 2-3 strudels

Dried Mushrooms, soaked in hot water then chopped, about 3-4 cups 
2lb fresh mushrooms, chopped, to equal about 3-4 cups
1 onion, diced and sautéed
3 cloves garlic
2 Tbsp olive oil
4 oz goat cheese, or cream cheese
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
1/2 cup gouda, grated
2 tsp thyme, dried, or 1 tsp fresh thyme
Salt & Pepper
Fresh parsley

½ package of phyllo dough
2 sticks of butter, melted and cooled

Rinse, then soak the mushrooms in hot water for about 5 minutes, drain (reserving the broth for something… like soup) and then chop. I used the food processor to chop everything for the recipe... onions, garlic, parsley and mushrooms. 

In a sauté pan, add the olive oil and sauté the onions. Add the chopped mushrooms and the garlic cooking for 2-3 more minutes.  Add the cheeses and mix well. Add parsley, thyme,salt and pepper and make sure it tastes yummy at this stage. Cool.

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees, unless you are making these ahead of time and chilling or freezing. 

Melt your butter in a large pyrex in the microwave for 60-90 seconds.  Find you pastry brush, you need one to brush butter between the layers of phyllo dough.

On a large cutting board, or clean counter, unroll the thawed phyllo dough and taking 2 sheets off and laying it in front of you.  COVER the remaining phyllo with a dish towel while you work, this stuff dries out quickly.  Brush butter over the entire sheet of phyllo, add 2 more sheets, more butter, 2 more sheets.  Eight sheets total should do it.

With the long end towards you, add TWO nice logs of the filling in a 2” section, cut the dough down the middle lengthwise,  Tuck in the short ends about 1 1/2” (think burrito…) and roll into a strudel, seam side DOWN.  This will create two long, narrow logs of mushroom filled phyllo dough just waiting to be baked. Brush the top with melted butter after you put them on a pan.
I used a "silpat' silcome matt to keep it from sticking, I love mine and use them all the time.  They can be anywhere from $10-$20 for them, and well worth the price.

At this point, you could put this in the fridge, or you put in the freezer. 

Bake at 400 degrees for about 22-25 minutes.  It will be light brown and crispy looking.  Don't worry if some of the phyllo cracks, that's what it does. You CAN bake a frozen strudel, it works pretty well, but might need about 2-3 more minutes.

Slice with a serrated knife, gently slicing into pieces.  Expect it to be a bit messy...
This could be an appetizer or a light dinner with a green salad.

Leftover filling?
If you have leftover filling and phyllo, here is another what to wrap it up.  Called Spanokopita when you do this shape with a spinach, feta filling, it's a nice little packet that is easier to eat.  I made both for a group of glas last night, and I think we agreed that we liked the strudel best because it had a more intense filling "hit" of flavor.  Still this is a nice way to have appetizers without the mess of slicing the phyllo. 
***Note, I did something a bit silly and did mine the "Long" way on the phyllo and it makes BETTER sense to do short rows of the pastries.  You should get 6 pastries per sheets if you cut, then fold the short way.

Take two sheets of phyllo, butter the entire top sheet.  Cut into 6 rows (OPPOSITE way that I show...) and dab a bit tablespoon of filling at the top of each row. Fold the first fold diagonal and flip flop your way down the row, just like folding a FLAG! This effectively encases the filling completely in the filling. Bake for about 16-18 minutes, until they are a golden brown and flaky.


1 comment:

  1. Piper, I am having so much fun looking around at all your recipes. Sounds like we have a similar philosophy about shopping at Costco. Can't wait to learn about all the stuff you like to buy there and what you do with it.

    This strudel is right up my alley. Huge mushroom lover here.