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Filo Dough Triangles and Fillings

2 boxes filo pastry leaves -- (2 pounds)
1 1/2 pounds unsalted butter -- melted and cooled
3 batches filling -- (see below)
---Roquefort-leek filling---
1/2 cup minced leeks -- (about 2 leeks)
3 tablespoons butter
2 ounces Roquefort cheese
2/3 cup ricotta cheese
1 egg yolk
salt and pepper -- if desired
---three-cheese filling with pepperoni---
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
3 tablespoons grated mozzarella cheese
3 tablespoons freshly grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup minced pepperoni
1 egg yolk
salt and pepper -- if desired
---crab filling---
8 ounces fresh crab meat
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons finely chopped shallots
1 tablespoon sherry
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
salt and pepper -- if desired
---curried lamb filling---
8 ounces lean boneless lamb
3 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 clove garlic -- minced
1 teaspoon curry powder -- (up to 2)
1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
1 pinch cayenne
salt and pepper -- if desired


To make Filo Triangles: Melt the butter. Take a filo leaf, lay it out flat, and brush it with melted butter. Put another leaf on top of this one and butter it as well. Cut this into four long strips (the dough is usually 18" x 24", so when you cut it, you should get four strips, 4 1/2" x 24"). For each strip, put a spoonful of filling at the top, and then flag-fold the strip into a triangle with the filling inside. Repeat until you run out of either the filling or the filo leaves.

Slash the top of the triangles, being careful not to cut through to the filling. Bake at 450F for about 20 to 25 minutes. Basically you just want to make them golden brown.

To make Roquefort-Leek Filling: Cut the green tops off the leeks; discard. Quarter the leeks down their long axis, and rinse well in a pot of water. Now mince finely. Sauté in the butter until tender. Crumble the Roquefort and mix in; stir in the ricotta. If you really feel that you *must* add a bit of salt, and you don't mind that is's going to ruin your blood pressure, besides clogging your arteries with the cholesterol from the butter and cheeses, then add some. Same with the pepper.

Mix well. Fills about 24 to 30 triangles.

To make Three-Cheese Filling with Pepperoni: Mix everything together. Fills about 24 to 30 triangles.

To make Crab Filling: Melt butter, sauté shallots until soft but not browned. Add the crab and sherry; sauté for 30 seconds. Stir in the rest, then let cool. Fills about 24 to 30 triangles.

To make Curried Lamb Filling: Chop lamb into 1/4 inch pieces. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a pan and brown lamb over medium-high heat. Move lamb to a bowl. Sauté the onion, garlic, curry and coriander until soft. Stir in the lamb and season to taste with salt, pepper and cayenne. Fills about 24 to 30 triangles.




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