*  Exported from  MasterCook II  *
                           Beef Pita, Greek Style
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 Serving Size  : 12   Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Beef                             Casseroles
                 Greek                            Meats
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
    2      Pounds        Ground Beef
    1      Med           Onion -- chopped
    4      Cloves        Garlic -- minced
      1/2  Pound         Mushrooms -- fresh,sliced
    1      Each          Bay Leaf
    1 1/4  Teaspoons     Salt
      1/2  Teaspoon      Chili Powder
      1/2  Teaspoon      Ground Cumin
      1/4  Teaspoon      Ground Cinnamon
    8      Ounces        Tomato Sauce
      1/3  Cup           Burgundy Or Rose Wine
    1      Large         Egg
    8      Ounces        Cream Cheese -- softened
    1      Cup           Cottage Cheese -- creamed
      1/2  Cup           Feta Cheese -- crumbled
      1/2  Cup           Butter -- unsalted
    8      Ounces        Phyllo Dough
      1/4  Cup           Bread Crumbs -- dried
    1      Sprig         Parsley
   12      Each          Cherry Tomatoes
                         Fruit Kabobs -- fresh
 *     Unsalted margarine, melted, can also be used. **	  Phyllo Leaves are gree
 k pastry and they should be defrosted.
 Combine ground beef, onion and garlic in a large frying-pan; cook, stirring freq
 uently until beef loses pink color.  Pour off drippings.  Add mushrooms, bay lea
 f, salt, chili powder, cumin powder, and cinnamon; cook, stirring frequently, un
 til mushrooms 
 are tender about 5 minutes.  Stir in tomato sauce and wine; cook, covered, 10 mi
 nutes, stirring occasionally. Remove bay leaf.	Cool while preparing cheese fill
 ing.  Combine egg and cream cheese in medium bowl, beat with electric mixer unti
 l smooth.  Sti
 r in cottage and feta cheeses and blend.  Brush 13 x 9-inch baking pan with melt
 ed butter.  Line pan with 1 sheet of pastry, fitting pastry to contour of pan.	
 (Pastry will come up over edges of pan.)  Brush pastry with butter.  Layer with 
 3 more pastry 
 sheets, brushing each with butter. Sprinkle bread crumbs evenly over top.  Spoon
   1/5 of meat filling in layer over crumbs and 1/5 of the cheese filling over mea
 t.  Place 1 pastry sheet over cheese filling, crinkling to fit inside dimensions
  of pan; brush
   with butter and layer with 1/5 of the meat and 1/5 to the cheese fillings. Repe
 at with 3 more pastry sheets, crinkling each, brushing with butter and topping w
 ith fillings.	Turn bottom pastry ends up over filling.  Place remaining 8 past
 ry sheets smoo
 thly over top, brushing each with butter. Using spatula, tuck top pastry sheets 
 around inside edges of pan.  With sharp knife, score top lightly in half lengthw
 ise and sixths crosswise. (Do not cut through)	Bake in moderate oven (350 degre
 es F.) 1 hour 
 or until top is golden brown.
 Cool at least 10 minutes before cutting along scored lines.  Place a cherry toma
 to on each of 12 small wooden picks and insert pick in center of each serving.	
 Garnish with parsley.  Garnish individual servings with fresh fruit kabobs, if d
 esired. FRESH 
 FRUIT KABOBS: To make fresh fruit kabobs, place chunks of fresh pineapple, canta
 loupe, whole strwberries or other fruits in season on small wooden skewers.
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