Mushroom-Sausage Pockets

December 2007
Mushroom-Sausage Pockets

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Refrigerate mushrooms in a paper bag or wrapped in paper towels—never in plastic!

Makes: 4 servings

Prep: 45 mins

Bake: 30 mins

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3/4 pound hot Italian sausages (about 3), casings removed
  • 1/2 pound white mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 1/2 cups ricotta cheese
  • Salt and pepper
  • 8 sheets  phyllo dough, thawed
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
Directions
  1. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring, until softened, about 8 minutes; push the onions to the side and add the sausages. Cook, breaking up the meat, until browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in the mushrooms and remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil; cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the parsley, remove from the heat and let cool for 10 minutes. Stir in the ricotta. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees . Lay 1 phyllo sheet on a work surface and cover the remaining sheets with a damp kitchen towel. Brush the sheet with butter, then set another sheet on top. With a sharp knife, trim the phyllo to make a square. Brush with butter, place a quarter of the filling in the center and spread into a 4-inch square. Fold the flaps of phyllo over the filling to form a pocket; brush with butter; repeat with the remaining ingredients to make 3 more pockets.
  3. Brush a baking sheet with butter and place the pockets on top. Bake until golden, 25 to 30 minutes.
Tip Nice serve
  • Wrap leftover phyllo strips around the pockets and twist the ends together to make a bow.
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