What better way to soak up the last bit of summer than spending time outside and snacking on an easy, breezy savory treat? We highly recommend diving into Christiann Koepke’s showstopping Greek Lamb Phyllo Tart. From its crispy phyllo crust covered in creamy feta cheese, to the blend of savory Greek ground lamb and fresh tomatoes & cucumbers that sit on top, it’s the simple summer appetizer you won’t be able to get enough of. Pro tip: add some zesty tzatziki sauce on the side for dipping.
Ready to try it for yourself? Read on to get the full breakdown from Christiann on how to craft this truly tasty tart.
This Greek Lamb Phyllo Tart is made with layers of flaky, golden Athens® Phyllo Dough and is full of Mediterranean flavors. Piled high with oregano-spiced lamb, creamy feta, crisp cucumbers and diced tomatoes, it’s an appetizer everyone will want a piece of!
Part of what makes this tart so tasty and full of texture is its layered phyllo dough crust, which is easier to put together than you might think!
Athens® Phyllo Dough comes in ready-to-use rolls of phyllo dough sheets. Unroll one and cover the phyllo sheets with plastic wrap, then a slightly damp towel to prevent drying out. To build a sturdy base for your tart, you’ll begin by overlapping sheets of phyllo dough. You’ll want to work quickly here, as phyllo can dry out quickly.
First, take 3-4 phyllo dough sheets and place them in a lightly greased baking dish or oven-safe skillet. Then, perpendicularly stack another 3-4 sheets on top. Repeat this process, crisscrossing each stack of phyllo sheets, until you’ve built a thick base. It is key that you crisscross the layers of phyllo dough sheets because it will prevent the crust from breaking when you top it with the feta garlic yogurt and tender spiced lamb. At a minimum, the base should include 10-12 phyllo dough sheets and about 4 crisscrossed layers. When you’ve built the crust to your desired level of thickness, place it in the oven.
You’ll see the phyllo crust turn golden brown and crispy. The layers will fan out a bit over the edge of your baking dish, making the tart all the more beautiful!
Once the crust has finished baking and you have the juicy spiced lamb filling and puréed feta yogurt ready, begin assembling the tart. First, spread a thick layer of the feta yogurt over the crust. Don’t worry if there are some chunks!
Afterward, pile on the ground lamb and sprinkle the fresh diced tomatoes, cucumbers, parsley and remaining feta cheese on top. Finally, fill a dip bowl full of tzatziki sauce to complete the meal.
Ingredients (serves 8):