Lamb celebration crackers


1 onion

2 x 15ml spoon fresh mint

225g lean lamb mince

2 x 15ml spoon instant bulgur wheat

1 x 5ml spoon cumin

4 x 15ml water

Black pepper

12 sheets of filo pastry

2 x 15ml oil


Baking tray, knife, chopping board, non-stick frying pan, mixing spoon, measuring spoon, small bowl, pastry brush, oven gloves.


1.    Pre-heat the oven to 180˚C or Gas mark 4.

2.    Grease or line the baking tray.

3.    Prepare the ingredients:

·         peel and chop the onion;

·         chop the mint.

4.    Dry-fry the lamb mince and onion until brown.

5.    Stir in the bulgur wheat, cumin and water and cook for 5 minutes.

6.    Stir in the mint and black pepper and set aside to cool.

7.    Cut the filo pastry into rectangles, approximately 16 x 13 cm.

8.    Place two rectangular sheets together and brush edges with oil.

9.    Place two teaspoons of the filling into the middle of the pastry rectangle.

10. Roll the filo pastry into a sausage shape and pinch the pastry at each end to create the frilly ends of the cracker.

11. Repeat with the remaining pastry and filling.

12. Place the crackers on a baking tray and lightly brush with oil.

13. Bake for 10-15 minutes until the pastry is golden brown.

Top tips:

·         Try a different filling combination using pork or beef mince.

·         Try adding small pieces of vegetables, such as grated carrot or courgette.

·         These can be served hot or cold, as a starter or a snack.

·         Cover unused sheets of filo pastry with cling film to prevent the pastry from drying out.

·         Try making smaller crackers for canapés or a larger cracker for a buffet.



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