A savoury broccoli, feta and almond baklava served alongside a vibrant pea purée - the ideal dish for a lunch spread to share amongst friends and family. The intricate layers of delicious ingredients and the exciting savoury twist is sure to impress.
- Preheat the oven to gas 4, 180°C, fan 160°C. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil. Cook the broccoli for 2 minutes, then drain. Refresh in cold water, then drain again. Finely slice, then set aside.
- Heat the oil in a pan set over medium heat. Add the spring onions and cook until softened. Transfer to a large bowl and add the broccoli, ricotta, halloumi, feta, eggs, dried mint and fresh herbs. Stir to combine, then season to taste and set aside.
- Unfold the filo sheets and cover with a damp cloth (see top tip below). Brush a 30cm x 20cm (12in x 8in) baking tin with melted butter and line with a sheet of filo (trim if needed). Brush with butter and repeat until you have a base 3 layers thick.
- Spread half the broccoli mixture over the filo base and scatter over half the almonds. Repeat step 3, adding a further 3 layers of pastry to the tin, and then topping with the remaining broccoli mixture and almonds.
- Continue layering up the remaining 3 pastry sheets as before, buttering between each addition. Lightly score the surface in a square pattern. Brush the top layer with the remaining butter and splash with water. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until golden. Remove from the oven and leave to cool.
- Meanwhile, make the pea purée. Heat the oil in a pan over a medium heat. Cook the onion and garlic, stirring until tender. Add 1 ltr (1 3/4pt) water and bring to the boil. Add the peas, then remove from heat and leave to cool for 2-3 minutes. Strain, reserving 100ml (3 1/2fl oz) of the liquid. In a blender, liquidise the peas and reserved water with the tarragon and sugar; season to taste.
- Cut the baklava into squares and drizzle with the honey. Serve with the pea purée on the side for everyone to help themselves.
Tip: Covering the exposed filo pastry with a damp cloth while you're working will stop it drying out.
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