Tunisian Brik a l'oeuf

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Tunisian Brik a l'oeuf

Post  Numptyz on Mon May 09, 2016 12:45 am

Tunisian Brik a l'oeuf - (egg brik)

One of my favorite foods from Tunisia is a brik (breek).  It is made with malsouka dough which unfortunately cannot be found in stores. The malsouka dough has the consistency of phyllo and spring roll dough which can both be used to make brik.  My preference is to use phyllo dough because it is flaky and easy to find.  A Tunisian brik is usually shaped like a triangle and filled in the middle with a raw egg, or other fillings such as hard boiled eggs, canned tuna, boiled potatoes, capers and parsley. If you have all of the ingredients prepared ahead of time, a brik can be cooked in less than 2 minutes.  

12 phyllo sheets (3 sheets for each brik, Makes 4 brik)
4 whole eggs
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Canola oil, for frying
1 lemon, cut in wedges
4-5 tablespoons fresh cilantro, roughly chopped


1.  Preparing the phyllo dough: Be sure to follow instructions on the phyllo dough box on how to keep the phyllo dough from drying out.  I usually put damp towels on my counter under and over my phyllo dough. Each time I remove 3 phyllo dough sheets to make a brik, I cover the other phyllo immediately.  In order for the process and the recipe to be successful, prepare all of the fillings and ingredients ahead.  Then you can stuff and fry the brik one at a time in hot oil. Next, have a platter or tray with lots of towel paper ready to place the hot brik, to absorb any excess oil on the brik.

2. Preparing the brik with the filling: You need to do 2 things simultaneously to make a good brik. One is to keep the oil hot and two is to fold the phyllo and add the filling very quickly to keep the dough from drying.

3. In a large skillet over medium heat, add enough oil to cover the bottom of the skillet, about ½ inch deep.

4. Take 3 phyllo dough sheets together and make a square.  Since the phyllo usually comes in rectangles, you may need to fold the ends on two sides to make the square.  Place the phyllo dough square on a plate and get close to the frying pan. Quickly crack an egg in the middle of the phyllo square , add cilantro, and season with salt and pepper.  Next, fold two ends of this phyllo square to make a triangle. Approach the skillet with the hot oil, and slide the brik a l’oeuf in gently to not splash the oil. Stay close to the skillet because it is going to take less than a minute for the bottom of the brik to turn golden. As soon as the bottom turns golden, turn it over gently with two large spatulas to cook the other side. The other side will also cook in less than a minute. When both sides are golden, gently lift the brik from the hot oil. Let the oil drain back in the skillet, and transfer the cooked brik to a platter with towel paper to drain any excess oil.  Let it rest about a minute, and transfer to a serving plate. Repeat process until all 4 briks are cooked. Squeeze fresh lemon juice and sprinkle cilantro on top of each brik.

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