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Lazy Aplo Manti

Posted in recipes on 01 Oct 2013

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Manti is a Greek dish comprising bulgar, ground meat, and spices mixed together in a dumpling made with phyllo dough. Aplo Manti (or mock Manti) is a similar dish - the filling in a casserole covered with leaves of the paper-thin dough instead, leading to much faster preparation times.

This is even lazier. We bypass the phyllo in favor of a sort of mixed casserole of grain and vegetables, with optional meat and cheese. As I make it vegetarian most of the time in a house full of meat-eaters, we often call it “rabbit food”. However, it disappears quickly every time.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup bulgar
  • 2 cups broth (veggie or chicken)
  • 1 small jar artichoke hearts, marinated and quartered
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • dill
  • salt and pepper

Optional:

  • 1-2 additional veggies (summer squash, string beans, eggplant, etc)
  • 1/2 block feta, cubed
  • 1-2 Italian style sausages (about half a pound), sliced
  • 5-10 diced kalamata olives
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 375F.
  2. Combine everything in a casserole with at least half an inch to spare at the lip.
  3. Bake for approximately one hour, stirring once.

This is good with a lighter rosé or white wine, as it comes out rather full flavored. Leftovers reheat best by sautéeing in a good olive oil.


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