AT A GLANCE
"I fry these - I find the result is crunchier - but they can also be cooked in a hot oven if brushed with olive oil," says Hafner. "I prefer to cook the minced lamb when it's fresh, but the mixture can be made in advance." This recipe makes 16.
|01||Heat olive oil and butter in a saucepan, add onion and cook over low heat until tender and golden (12-13 minutes). Add spices and cook until fragrant (1 minute). Increase heat to medium-high, add lamb and salt to taste, and stir continuously until lamb is cooked but not browned – it should be juicy and smell sweet (3-4 minutes). Set aside to cool (the mixture can be prepared in advance up to this stage), then add parsley.|
|02||Trim brik pastry to 11cm x 15cm rectangles. Place a heaped tablespoon of lamb mixture along the length of a pastry rectangle, leaving 2cm at each end, brush egg yolk around edges, then roll into a cigar shape, tucking in the sides, and set aside covered with a damp tea towel. Repeat with remaining pastry and lamb.|
|03||Heat oil in a large, deep saucepan to 180C and deep-fry cigars until brown and crisp (2-3 minutes; take care, hot oil will spit). Drain on absorbent paper and serve.|
Note Brik pastry is available from Middle Eastern grocery stores.
EGLY-OURIET BRUT ROSÉ GRAND CRU OR EASTERN PEAKE PINOT TACHÉ , suggested by JAMES BROADWAY