Recipe for Mushroom Brik

Updated: Jun 9

Inspired by The Africa Cookbook- Tastes of a Continent


For those of you who are unfamiliar with phyllo, it is a thin pastry used in a number of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes. Normally, handling phyllo is difficult because the sheets are so thin; however, covering them with a damp cloth helps to handle the fragile sheets of pastry. For each layer, I brushed melted butter in between the sheets of phyllo— one of my favorite ways of baking this pastry because it adds a delicious flavor and prevents the sheets from breaking. Overall, I loved this recipe because the meatiness from the mushrooms doesn’t make it feel like a vegetarian alternative, it stands out as a delicious meal because of the balance between the meatiness of the mushrooms, freshness of the parsley and overall flavor from the additions of garlic and butter.


Yields: made 6 briks

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 15-20 minutes

  • 1/2 lb. baby portobello mushrooms, sliced

  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced

  • 1 small onion

  • 2 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1/2 cup parsley

  • 4 fresh basil leaves

  • Salt

  • Pepper

  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour

  • 6-9 phyllo dough sheets

  • 1/2 cup butter, melted

  1. Heat olive oil in a saucepan.

  2. Sauté the mushrooms, garlic and onions until the mushrooms are cooked through.

  3. Remove from heat, and place in a food processor.

  4. Add parsley and basil along with seasonings to taste. Pulse until mixture is pureed.

  5. Place in a bowl and add the flour. Mix to incorporate.

  6. Spread the phyllo on a counter and brush with melted butter.

  7. Top with a second phyllo sheet and spread more butter. Repeat with a third sheet.

  8. Place 3 1/2 tablespoons of the mushroom mixture on the sheet of phyllo about 2 inches apart.

  9. Cut the phyllo length wise between each mushroom filling, and one by one, roll the phyllo with filling until you get a nice triangle shape.

  10. Brush with more butter.

  11. Repeat the process with the remaining phyllo sheets until you run out of filling

  12. Bake in a 375°f for 15-20 minutes.


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