Roulo Me Filo

Course : Greek
Serves: 4
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2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 small shallot or onion
1 1/2 pounds veal -- ground
1/2 cup chopped tomatoes or- tomato juice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt -- if necessary
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon chopped fresh basil -- (more if desired)
2 large eggs -- separated
1 1/2 cups thick saltsa aspri (white sauce)
1/2 cup grated mizithra cheese or- kefalotyri cheese
1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1 sheet heavy greaseproof paper -- (about 20 by 20 inches)
12 sheets filo pastry sheets
1/3 cup butter or margarine melted and warm
2 large eggs -- hard-cooked, sliced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

Preparation / Directions:

Heat the butter in a large frying pan, then sauté the onion until soft. Add the meat, mashing it with a fork until the raw color disappears. Add the tomato and cinnamon, cover and simmer about 20 minutes, stirring once or twice. Remove the lid and season judiciously (if the cheese is salty, don't add salt until the very end). Stir in the basil, then remove the cinnamon stick and cool. Using a wooden spoon, mix the egg whites into the meat. Meanwhile, prepare the saltsa aspri (it must be thick) and combine with the egg yolks, cheese, and nutmeg. Taste to see if salt is needed. To make the loaf, spread the baking paper flat on your work surface. Lay a sheet of filo (keeping the rest covered with a damp towel or waxed paper) in the center of the paper and brush with butter. Continue laying filo, one sheet on top of another, brushing each with butter, to make a large "base" on which to roll the meat loaf (about 15 x 15 inches). Spread half of the saltsa aspri in the center of the filo, allowing wide margins for turning later. Spread the meat mixture over the sauce to a length of about 9 inches. Lay the egg slices over the meat, cover with the remaining sauce, and sprinkle with parsley. Turn the edges of the filo up over the meat and roll into a loaf. Fold the paper over the loaf, secure it, and place, seam side down, in a baking pan. Bake for 1 hour in moderate oven (350F), removing the paper after 35 minutes to allow the filo to get crisp. Brush the outer surface of the filo with butter or margarine for a higher golden chestnut color. With wide spatulas, lift the loaf onto a warm platter. Serve immediately, with fresh green salad, black olives, and a heady wine. Source: The Food of Greece - by Vilma Liacouras Chantiles ISBN: 0-517-27888-

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