Courgette and Feta Baklava

Our savoury version of this Middle Eastern classic is loaded with feta, halloumi, ricotta, leek and sprinkled with sesame seeds and pistachios
Courgette and Feta Baklava
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Courgette and Feta Baklava
May 21, 2019
Preparation Time 30 minutes
Cooking Time 40 minutes
Serves 4
PHOTO BY Katelyn Allegra
RECIPE BY Katelyn Allegra
FOOD STYLING BY Katelyn Allegra & Cassandra Upton
PROP STYLING BY Sophia-Maria Eygelaar


2 tbsp olive oil
800g courgettes, grated into ribbons (squeeze out any excess liquid)
2 leeks, rinsed and finely sliced
250g ricotta
200g halloumi, grated
200g feta, crumbled
200g goat’s feta, crumbled
2 eggs, lightly beaten
25g spinneysFOOD Fresh Dill, finely chopped
25g spinneysFOOD Fresh Parsley, chopped
75g butter, melted
80ml spinneysFOOD Honey

For the pastry

9 sheets phyllo pastry
Ghee or olive oil, as needed
50g pistachios, toasted
spinneysFOOD White Sesame Seeds, for sprinkling


  • 1

    Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4

  • 2

    Place a non-stick frying pan over a high heat, drizzle with oil and fry the courgette ribbons and leeks

  • 3

    Place the fried vegetables in a large bowl and allow to cool slightly before adding the rest of the ingredients. Stir to combine

  • 4

    Unwrap the phyllo sheets and cover with a damp cloth

  • 5

    Brush a 30cm round cake tin with ghee or olive oil

  • 6

    Line the base with a sheet of phyllo and trim to fit. Brush the phyllo with ghee or oil and place another sheet on top. Continue until you have three layers

  • 7

    Spread half of the filling mixture over the pastry and scatter with half of the pistachios

  • 8

    Add another 3 layers of phyllo, brushing with ghee or oil in between each, and top with the remaining filling and pistachios

  • 9

    Place the last 3 sheets of phyllo on top, again brushing ghee or oil between each layer. Trim any overhanging phyllo

  • 10

    Score the top with a diamond pattern and brush with ghee or oil

  • 11

    Sprinkle with sesame seeds and bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden and crisp

  • 12

    Allow to cool slightly before cutting into squares. Drizzle with honey


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