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Charlie Palmer’s Spicy Lamb Sausage and Walnuts in Phyllo Pastry Triangles

Charlie Palmer’s Spicy Lamb Sausage and Walnuts in Phyllo Pastry Triangles
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Recipe type: Entrees
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Serves: 6
 
Spicy, savory seasoned lamb and walnuts in thin rich pastry make for tempting finger food. Special Occasion recipe.
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ cup onion, diced
  • ¼ cup fennel, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1½ lbs. lamb sausage
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom, ground
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon, ground
  • ½ teaspoon coriander, ground
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin, ground
  • ½ cup California walnuts, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons chives, fresh, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoon water
  • 12 sheets (1/2 lb.) Phyllo dough, commercially prepared
  • ½ – ¾ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • coarse salt as needed
  • Black pepper, freshly ground as needed
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in skillet over medium heat. Add onion, fennel and garlic and sauté about 4 minutes, until softened.
  2. Add sausage and cook, breaking up sausage with spatula, for 5 minutes.
  3. Add paprika, cardamom, cinnamon, coriander and cumin. Cook 5 minutes more.
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir in walnuts and chives and remove from heat. You will have about 3½ cups sausage mixture. Set aside.
  5. Whisk egg and water together and set aside.
  6. To form phyllo pastry triangles, cut 1 sheet of phyllo in half length-wise. Fold each half in half lengthwise, thus making 2 strips each about 3″ wide. (Keep any phyllo you are not working on covered with plastic wrap and a damp towel.) Brush each strip lightly with melted butter.
  7. Place about 3 tablespoons sausage mixture to the left end of each strip. working with one strip at a time, fold corner of phyllo over filling on a diagonal, so left edge of strip is flush with bottom edge. Continue folding, as you would fold a flag, thus forming a triangular packet.
  8. Repeat buttering, filling and folding with remaining phyllo sheets.
  9. Brush tops of finished pastries with egg mixture and set aside.
  10. Place phyllo triangles on parchment covered sheet pan and bake in a preheated 350°F oven about 15 minutes, until crisp and golden. Serve hot.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 608 Fat: 46.2g Saturated fat: 20.6g Unsaturated fat: 6.7g Carbohydrates: 22g Sodium: 283mg Fiber: 2g Protein: 26g