I believe the saying goes… the way to a woman’s heart is through her stomach? ♥️
So, I made my beautiful Macedonian Valentine, a take on the traditional feta phyllo pie Zelnik (or Börek).
Made with @grimmsfoods bratwurst sausage and feta cheese, filled with leeks, red onions, roasted red peppers, ricotta and oregano, then brushed with Greek yogurt & egg wash.
It seemed to work as I think she loves me! ♥️
Happy ♥️ day!
- 3 Grimm’s Fine Foods Bratwurst Sausage (8 oz – casing removed)
- ¾ cup Grimm’s Fine Food Feta Cheese (crumbled)
- 3 small leeks – white part only (rinsed, dried & diced – approximately 1½ cups)
- 1 small red onion (diced)
- Salt & freshly and ground pepper
- 2 tbsp olive oil (divided)
- ½ cup roasted pickled red pepper (diced)
- ½ cup ricotta cheese
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp fresh oregano (finely chopped)
- 12 sheets phyllo dough (thawed)
- ½ cup melted butter
- 1 egg
- ⅓ cup plain Greek yogurt
- 10” loose bottom heart pan (or 9” loose bottom round tart pan)
In a pan over a medium heat, add 1 tbsp olive oil, onion and leeks, sprinkle with a little salt & pepper, then sweat until soft and slightly golden. Add red pepper, mix to combine and cook 1 minute. Remove to small sheet pan to cool.
In the same pan, over medium heat, add 1 tbsp olive oil and Grimm’s Bratwurst Sausage. Using a spatula, break the sausage into little pieces and cook 5 to 7 minutes, until browned. Remove sausage to a plate lined with paper towel to drain fat: then add sausage to vegetables.
In a small bowl, beat 1 egg, add oregano and ricotta, whisk until smooth; add Grimm’s Feta cheese and mix to combine.
Pour the cheese mixture over the sausage and vegetables and combine. Filling is complete.
Preheat oven to 375°F.
Prepare baking pan, with a piece of parchment, cut to fit the bottom of the pan.
Lay a piece of phyllo on the work surface (length laid out left to right); using a pastry brush, lightly coat with butter and then add a 2nd sheet of phyllo and brush the edges lightly with butter. Spread ⅙ of the filling straight across the phyllo near the edge of the sheet. Roll loosely up into a tube. Place the tube down one edge of the heart shaped pan (if using a round pan, form into a tight swirl and place in center of pan). Continue brushing, filling and rolling, place all the rolls as you make them into the pan from the outside in (for a round pan, continue to swirl from the inside out).
In a small bowl, mix 1 egg and the yogurt together until smooth. Drizzle, the mixture over the pie and use a pastry brush spread evenly over the phyllo.
Bake at 375°F until golden brown (30-40 minutes). Use tin foil to cover the edges if they begin to brown too quickly.
Perfect to make ahead and reheat before serving.
Delicious served alongside a Village Salad with Grimm’s Feta, tomatoes, cucumbers and red onions!
- Prep Time: 25-35 mins
- Cook Time: 30-40 mins
- Total Time: 55-75 mins
- Serves: 4
Hope you enjoy this recipe! I would love to hear your feedback in the “comments” below!