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Zabonotyrofloyeres: Ham and Cheese Flutes

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Ham and Cheese Phyllo Rolls

Ham & Cheese Phyllo Roll "Flutes"

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In Greek: ζαμπονοτυροφλογέρες, pronounced (take a deep breath) zah-bon-oh-tee-roh-floh-YEH-res

These delightful appetizers are a delicious combination of ham and cheese, rolled up in phyllo and dipped in grated cheese before frying. In Greek, they're called floyeres (flutes) because of the shape.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 26-27 thin slices of boiled ham, sandwich-sized slices
  • 2 pounds of soft yellow cheese (gouda or other)
  • 1 pound phyllo sheets, defrosted
  • 10 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • olive oil for frying
  • 2 to 2 1/2 pounds of grated kefalotyri cheese (or other sharp grating cheese)

Preparation:

Prepare ingredients:

  • Cut each sheet of phyllo into 3 long strips. (Keep unused phyllo covered with a sheet of plastic wrap topped with a damp towel while working to keep the phyllo sheets from drying out.)
  • Cut each piece of ham in half.
  • Cut the cheese into small finger-shaped pieces.

Place the grated cheese in a shallow bowl.

Place one piece of ham and a piece of cheese at one end of the phyllo strip and roll up. Twist the ends slightly and tuck under. Continue until all ham and cheese has been used, keeping prepared "flutes" well covered with plastic wrap.

Whisk together the egg whites and water.

Dip the flutes into the egg whites and roll in grated cheese. Fry quickly in very hot oil - enough so that they don't stick on the bottom of the pan - until golden.

Yield: about 50-55 pieces

Make Ahead: Flutes can be formed in the phyllo a few days ahead, and kept covered (airtight) in the refrigerator. Dip in egg whites and grated cheese and fry just before serving.

Don't like ham? Leave it out, and use just the cheese filling.

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