Potato and Mushrooms Phyllo Pies

You are going to adore these mini phyllo pies filled with delicious potato and mushroom filling with earthy notes of fresh rosemary. They are great meal for any time of the day. Morning brunch, light lunch or even weeknight dinner. They are great also for piknic or even as a school lunch.

We adore the crisp and flaky texture of phyllo dough. It's delicate to work with but it's so versatile and you can make a variety of sweet and savoury recipes using it.

Perfect as a snack on their own, these flavour-packed mini pies are super-fun to make. Plus, once you've master working with phyllo dough you can experiment with lots of different filling combinations. 

What is filling made of

These little pies are filled with simple and quick to make filling. You will need YELLOW ONION (finely chopped or grated), POTATOES (thinly sliced) and BUTTON MUSHROOMS (also thinly sliced). We used white button mushrooms but cremini will also work well in this filling.

First fry the chopped onion for a few minutes then add sliced potatoes and mushrooms. Cook stirring for 3-4 minutes, then add water and continue to cook while stirring. Don't forget to season with salt and pepper and add the fresh rosemary. Our pie filling is ready!

Assembling the mini pies

The phyllo dough is delicate to work with. 

Some useful tips for working with phyllo dough

  • Don't open the phyllo package until you have the filling ready. Also keep phyllo sheets covered with clingfilm and then with a lightly damp clean kitchen towel as they dried out easily. As you work with one sheet at a time, cover the the rest.
  • Use a soft pastry brush to lightly coat the sheets with oil.

These are the best warm but also delicious cold. You can re-crips them by placing back in the oven for 5-6 minute at 180 C.

Potato and Mushrooms Phyllo Pies

MAKES: 12 mini pies
COOKS IN: 40 minutes
LEVEL: Easy

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion (around 40-50g)
  • 3 medium potatoes (around 350g)
  • 150g button mushrooms (white or brown)
  • 60ml (1/4 cup) water
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves, finely chopped
  • salt & black pepper to taste
  • 45ml (3 tablespoons) water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 300g phyllo dough sheets

METHOD

  1. Peel and grate the onion on a large holes of box grater. Instead you can also finely chop it.

  2. Clean the mushrooms with a damp kitchen paper then remove the stems and slice them on a cutting board. Slice mushroom thinly on a cutting board (or you can do this using mandolin slicer).

  3. Peel of potatoes and cut into really thin slices on a cutting board or using a mandolin slicer.

  4. Drizzle the olive oil in a large skillet or sauté pan and heat over a medium heat. Add onion and sauté for a few minutes.

  5. Add potatoes and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring continuously. 

  6. Add mushrooms and cook until the mushrooms released their moisture are dry and lightly brown, about 5-6 minutes. Season with salt and ground black pepper, add rosemary leave and continue to cook for a few more minutes. Remove from the heat and leave to cool.

  7. Preheat the oven to 180 C and line the baking sheet with baking paper.

  8. Stir water and olive oil in a small jug.

  9. Place phyllo sheet on a flat surface. Brush with water/olive oil mixture then layer another sheet on top of this and brush again with liquid. Layer third sheet then cut them in half horizontally, then again vertically to create four even rectangles. 

  10. Divide the filling among the rectangles, putting 2 heaped tablespoons of the mixture on the edge of each rectangle, leaving 1cm gap to the bottom and 2cm to the sides. Fold the sides of the rectangles then roll each one to create a small flat pocket. Transfer them to baking sheet and brush with butter. Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden and crisp.
  1. Place 2 tablespoons of filling on one end of each rectangle the roll, then roll and fold in sides.


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