Salmon and leek parcels with grilled broccoli
Filo (phyllo) pastry is a thin dough commonly used in Turkish and other Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cooking that produces a light and crisp pastry when cooked. A great ingredient for this spring inspired individual pie.
This recipe is part of a weekly meal planner for 5 family recipes for under $100.
Salmon and leek parcel
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 3 cloves garlic, grated or 1 ½ teaspoons crushed garlic
- 1 large or two small leeks, sliced thinly, green and white parts included
- 1 cube chicken stock*, crushed
- Pinch salt
- Pepper, to taste
- 1 ½ cups frozen peas*
- 415g tinned salmon, drained
- 12 sheets filo pastry*
- ½ cup melted butter or oil, for layering the filo sheets
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 2 cloves garlic, grated or 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 head broccoli, florets and stalks chopped
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Heat oil in a large frying pan on the stove over high heat, add garlic and leek. Fry for 5-10 minutes until the leek is soft and cooked.
- Remove pan from heat, mix through crushed chicken stock cube, salt and pepper, and frozen peas. Add salmon making sure there are no bones and gently mix into the leek and peas. Split into 4-6 portions and set aside.
- Prepare a baking tray by greasing it or using a baking mat, set aside.
- Heat oven to 200C bake or 180C fan bake.
- To make the parcels, lay out one sheet of filo pastry, brush it with melted butter or oil and place another sheet over top. Brush this layer with melted butter or oil. Fold in half and brush edges with butter.
- Turn the filo sheet so that the short edge of the pastry is closest to you, scoop a portion of the filling and place it at the centre towards the bottom third of the pastry edge closest to you. Fold from the bottom to cover the filling, do another fold upwards then fold the sides in. Brush the dry edges with butter or oil and continue folding upwards until it is sealed. Transfer to the baking tray.
- Continue this process for the remaining parcels. Brush the outside with butter or oil just before putting it into the oven.
- Bake for 20-30 minutes until golden brown.
- While the parcels bake, combine the grilled broccoli ingredients in a baking dish and mix to coat the broccoli in the oil and garlic. Cook in the oven with the parcels in the last 10 minutes of its cooking time.
Tips: Flaky pastry is a great substitute if filo pastry is hard to find or you want to cut down on prep time. For protein variations, swap tinned salmon with smoked salmon or other fish fillets, smoked chicken or leftover roast chicken. You can swap leek with onions, shallots, spring onions, or a combination of these.
Leftovers: Eat for lunch the next day.