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Mushroom Brik [Algeria]

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Filled with sautéed mushrooms and garlic, this African Brik makes a great appetizer.

Algerian Mushroom Briks

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No, this isn’t something you build your house with. It’s a Brik!

Originally from Tunisia, a brik is a savory pastry filled and usually deep fried. And while this is a Tunisia speciality, today we are traveling just over the border to Algeria to discover how Algerians add their own little twist on the brik.

If you didn’t know, Algeria is located in North Africa right in the middle of Tunisia and Morocco. As the largest country in Africa and  the tenth largest country in the world, Algeria is known to have be inhabited by the Romans, Ottomans, Spaniards, and Byzantines. In fact, the Berbers (the indigenous people of Algeria) are said to have lived in the region since 5000 BC. Now that’s a long time!

Filled with sautéed mushrooms and garlic, this African Brik makes a great appetizer.

While there are numerous world heritage sites, the rise of tourism in the region has been relatively slow due to lack of facilities. About 200,000 people visit the country each year (compare that to the 20.4 Million that visit Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom each year) making it only a 1% contribution to Algeria’s GDP.

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Algeria might not be on your travel list, this mushroom brik should be. Flaky, warm and filled with a bounty of mushrooms, this African appetizer is best eaten right away.

Flaky, warm and filled with a bounty of mushrooms, this African appetizer is best eaten right away.

To make the packets there are a few techniques that will make your brik making 100x easier.

  1. Thaw out your phyllo dough.
  2. Less filling is more
  3. Drain the oil off with a rack and paper towels.

Looking for more African Recipes? Check out this Pineapple Salad with Cashews and Coconut from Tanzania

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Grab your apron, let’s get to making these Algerian Briks!

 

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Flaky, warm and filled with a bounty of mushrooms, this African appetizer is best eaten right away.
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Mushroom Brik
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: African
Servings: 24
Author: Lyndsay Burginger
Ingredients
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 lb mushrooms diced
  • 5 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 small onion minced
  • 2 tsp flour
  • 1 Tbsp parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • 12 sheets phyllo dough thawed
  • 3 Tbsp butter melted
Instructions
  1. In medium pan over medium-low, heat olive oil until shimmering. Add mushrooms, garlic and onion and cook until softened and liquid has evaporated, about 15 minutes. Stir in flour and cook 1 minute. Take off heat and stir in parsley and salt and pepper. Set aside.

  2. Heat oil in large dutch oven or deep fryer to 350F. 

  3. While oil is heating, lay out one phyllo sheet so the length is longer than the width. Cut into thirds so you have three long strips. Brush the dough with butter and add 1 teaspoon of filling into the bottom of the strip. Fold one corner of fillo diagonally across to opposite edge to form a triangle. Continue to fold triangle onto itself. Press and brush with butter to form seal.

  4. Fry Brik until golden brown, about 1 minute on each side. Drain on a wire rack with paper towels underneath. Serve warm or at room temperature. 

Learn how to make Algerian Mushroom Brik, an African appetizer filled with mushrooms and garlic then fried. Get the recipe at www.lyndsaystravelkitchen.com

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  • Sheyla
    June 5, 2017 at 10:20 am

    These look absolutely delicious!

    • Lyndsay Burginger
      June 5, 2017 at 10:33 am

      Thank you!

  • Amanda
    June 5, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    This looks great! I love ideas with mushrooms, and these look delicious! Thanks for sharing!

    • Lyndsay Burginger
      June 5, 2017 at 11:00 pm

      Thanks Amanda!

  • Lauren | Love Lola
    June 6, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    this looks delicious! can’t wait to try!

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