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Tabil-Spiced Potato-and-Egg Cigars

Savory pastries made with rolled and folded brek pastry leaves, or warka, are common starters in North Africa. Here, easy-to-find phyllo sheets replace the specialty brek leaves and encase a savory potato-and-egg filling.



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1 large Yukon gold potato (¾ lb.), peeled and sliced
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1 Tbs. olive oil
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½ large onion, chopped (½ cup)
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1 Tbs. Tabil
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¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
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1 large egg, lightly beaten
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2 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and chopped
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2 Tbs. grated Parmesan cheese
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7 frozen phyllo sheets, thawed
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3 Tbs. melted butter


1. Place potato slices in medium pot, and cover with water. Bring to a simmer over high heat, reduce heat to medium, and cook 12 to 15 minutes, or until tender. Drain. Transfer to large bowl, and coarsely mash with fork.

2. Heat oil in skillet over medium-high heat, and cook onion 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in tabil, and cook 1 minute more. Stir onion mixture, parsley, and beaten egg into potato mixture. Fold in hard-boiled eggs and Parmesan. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.

3. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Place 1 sheet phyllo with long side facing you. Brush with butter, and fold in half like a book. Cut crosswise to make 2 stacked rectangles. Spoon 2 Tbs. potato mixture on center right edge of one rectangle, fold in top and bottom edges, and roll up like an egg roll. Place seam-side down on prepared baking sheet, and repeat with remaining phyllo and filling. Brush rolls with remaining butter, and bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until browned and crisp. Serve hot.

Nutrition Information: 

3 g
Total Fat: 
5 g
Saturated Fat: 
2 g
10 g
47 mg
95 mg
<1 g
<1 g
Makes 14 cigars

Comments on this Recipe

Takes a bit to get the hang of working with the phyllo sheets, but makes a tasty addition to a vegetarian dinner.

Where is the recipe for the tabil spice blend ??

Your recipe states: 1tbsp tabil spice blend, or. Or what?

Could not find a recipe for tabil spice blend. What is it and how do I make it?

I found a recipe for the Tabil since the author forgot to include it. Not sure if this was what he/she intended but here's what I created: Tabil spice mix: 1 1/2 Tablespoons Coriander Seeds 3/4 Tablespoon Cumin Seeds 1/2 Tablespoon Caraway Seeds 1/4 Tablespoon crushed Red Pepper Fakes ( to taste) Grind all spices together in a spice grinder or clean coffee grinder. Store at room temperature in an air tight container.

Found this Tabli Spice Blend YIELD: Makes about 6 tablespoons Ingredients 3 tablespoons coriander seeds 1 1/2 tablespoons cumin seeds 1 tablespoon caraway seeds 1/2 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes Preparation Finely grind coriander seeds, cumin seeds, caraway seeds, and crushed red pepper flakes in a spice mill. DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 month ahead. Store airtight at room temperature.

Guys, if you click on Tabil in the ingredients list (it is highlighted orange, indicating a link) it opens a page with the recipe for Tabil. It is 1/4 cup coriander seeds, 2 tablespoons cumin seeds, 1 tablespoon caraway seeds, and 2 teaspoons each red pepper flakes and garlic. The seeds are toasted to release more flavor before being mixed with the garlic and ground.