Thursday, September 16, 2010

Spicy Meat Pockets

174. Recently Food Network chose a new Food Network Star, Aarti Sequeira. I was hooked each week, happy when certain contestants went home but disappointed when others continued in the competition. Aarti was one of my favorites from the beginning. And the final three were my picks from show one.

The other day I caught "Aarti Party", Aarti's new show on Food Network of Indian Cooking. She was making yummy Baked Samosas, check out the recipe here. Aarti uses store bought puff pastry dough and her recipe looked so delicious! It inspired me, so I sent my honey to the store for puff pastry dough and what came home was phyllo dough instead...when you end up with lemons...make lemonade.
I brushed the phyllo with oil and stacked three sheets for each Spicy Meat Pocket.
I used the filling for a typical taco...pound of ground meat with taco mix but I added about a cup of shredded cheese. (If you don't have taco mix then to the browned and drained meat, add small chopped onion, 1 clove crushed garlic, pinch of cumin, 1 tsp of chili powder, dash of oregano, salt, pepper, 1/4 cup finely chopped pepper. Add about 1/2 cup water or beef stock. Cook the meat till liquid has evaporated and the meat is tender). Then, just dolloped a tablespoon of meat on one corner...
folded the dough lengthwise over the meat...
then began to fold the top corner down to begin a triangular shape. I made sure to keep the dough brushed with oil.
Continue to fold
till you reach the end of the dough and seal with oil.
You have a beautiful triangular shaped pillow of dough.
To add an additional touch, I placed a small sprig of cilantro under the top crust of each pocket.
I baked them at 350 degrees for approximately 30 minutes. The meat filling stayed in tact and they baked beautifully. They were lightly browned, crispy and were delicious!
I paired them with mexican rice, freshly made guacamole and salsa.

Aarti also has her own blog called Aarti Paarti. What a sweetheart she will have to check it out. Congratulations were my Food Network Star from day one!!!

"I’ve been on a diet for two weeks and all I’ve lost is two weeks."
~Totie Fields


Marla @ Always Nesting said...

Those look delicious!!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Yum! I need a couple of those without the guacamole for lunch. :D
Have a great weekend.

Deb said...

I'm watching Aarti Party as well and saw that recipe and thought it looked good, BUT I think I like the idea of phyllo better!

AngieK said...

This looks fantastic!

Cheri said...

Those look so yummy! I think I put on 5# just looking at all this delicious food on your blog.

Stacia said...

This is such a great idea! I really like the extra touch of the cilantro showing through. Excellent presentation!


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