Moroccan Phyllo Beef Cigars

Moroccan Phyllo Beef Cigars Moroccan are a delicious Middle Eastern appetizer. They are served with a Yogurt Dipping Sauce.

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Moroccan Phyllo Beef Cigars

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Morrican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 24 pieces
Author Laurie

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 lb ground beef or lamb
  • 1/2 cup canned crushed tomatoes (drained)
  • 1/2 onion (minced)
  • 1 garlic clove (minced)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/8 tsp allspice
  • 3 Tbsp parsley (minced)
  • 16 oz package of phyllo dough
  • 1/4 cuo butter (melted)

Dipping Sauce

  • 1 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp Mint leaves minced
  • 2 lemons (zest, juice)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a baking sheet. 
  2. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook ground beef until it loses its pink color and begins to brown add the onion and garlic. Drain fat from skillet. Add tomatoes, cinnamon, cumin, paprika, and allspice. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until mixture reduces slightly about 10 minutes. 
  3. Remove one phyllo sheet from package and keep the rest covered with a clean cloth until ready to use. On a flat work surface, cut the phyllo sheet into 2- 14 x 9-inch rectangle.  Remove one phyllo sheet from package and keep the rest covered with a clean cloth until ready to use. On a flat work surface, cut the phyllo sheet into 2 14x9-inch rectangles.

  4. Brush melted butter, place the 2nd half on top of it and brush with butter again.  If the dough tears it is not a problem. Use the butter to hold the dough in place. When rolled up no one will ever know.

  5. Place a generous teaspoon of the meat mixture near the narrow end of the dough. Fold dough over the top of the meat, fold in the sides of the dough, and roll into a narrow tube (cigar) shape. Repeat until all the meat has been rolled up.
  6. Arrange cigars on prepared baking sheet. Brush with butter again or spray with oil.
  7. Bake in preheated oven until lightly browned, about 25 minutes. Cut the pieces in half.
  8. Dipping Sauce- Blend all the ingredients in the blender. Serve with the finished cigars.