Kataifi Cheese Rolls
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I went to a cooking class on using kataifa pastry recently and was expecting something sweet and yummy but arrived to find we were going to make appetizer cheese rolls.
Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 20-25
  • 4 tbs butter plus extra for greasing
  • 4 eggs
  • Pepper
  • 450 grams feta cheese
  • 450 grams grated kaseri, gruyere or gouda cheese
  • 50 grams ham
  • 1 tbs parsley
  • handful of baby spinach leaves
  • 800 grams kataifi pastry
  • 4 tbs corn or canola oil (high flash point and unflavored oil)
  • ⅔ cup milk
  • ⅔ cup cream
  1. Grease and ovenproof baking dish with butter and set aside
  2. Lightly beat 2 of the eggs in a bowl
  3. Season with pepper and stir in the cheeses, ham and parsley
  4. Tease out kataifi pastry and divide into 20 to 25 long sections
  5. Cover pastry with a damp tea towel to keep from drying out
  6. Take one section of kataifi and pat gently between your palms.
  7. Place 1-2 spinach leaves near the end of the length of kataifi pastry and one tbs of cheese mixture.
  8. Roll and place in the baking dish
  9. Continue until all pastry and cheese mixture is used
  10. Heat 4 tbs of butter and canola oil together and drizzle over the rolls in the baking dish
  11. At this point you can wrap and freeze if you don't want to use now.
  12. One hour before baking, beat eggs, milk and cream and pour over the rolls.
  13. Let stand for one hour for the rolls to absorb the liquid.
  14. Preheat oven to 175C or just under 350F
  15. Bake 35 to 40 minutes til golden brown
This makes a lot of cheese rolls. When I prepared them I easily halved the recipe. Next time I'll make the full recipe and freeze ¾.
Recipe by Orgasmic Chef at https://orgasmicchef.com/appetizers/kataifi-cheese-rolls/