Crunchy Kefta Rolls

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This was the first in a trio of recipes from Travis’s latest Raddish Kids, with a theme this month of Made in Morocco. It was Travis’s first time working with phyllo dough, not an easy ingredient! As always, I love the way that Raddish challenges my notion of what my budding chef can handle in the kitchen.

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  • 8 sheets phyllo dough
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 ounces meatless crumbles (such as Lightlife)
  • 1/3 cup golden raisins
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 tablespoons melted Earth Balance butter
  1. Ahead of time thaw the phyllo according to package directions. Be aware that this will probably requiring thawing overnight, or at least 8 hours.
  2. To prepare the filling, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the meatless crumbles, breaking apart into pieces with the back of a spoon.
  3. Stir in the golden raisins, tomato paste, salt, cumin, cinnamon, coriander, and garlic powder. Continue to cook for 6 minutes, until heated through.
  4. Place 2 sheets of phyllo dough on a cutting board and use a pastry brush to brush with some of the butter. Use a pizza cutter to divide the sheets into 4 rectangles.
  5. Spoon a heaping tablespoon of filling onto one short edge of each rectangle. Roll up tightly and fold the edges under. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  6. Repeat three times with the remaining sheets of phyllo and filling, for 16 rolls total. We may have ended up short a few because my sous chef was taking lots of nibbles!
  7. Bake at 400 degrees F for 13 minutes, until lightly browned.

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We had so much fun exploring more about Moroccan culture during our taste test. I set up a blanket and pillows on the ground, and read the Moroccan manners section of the recipe card. Travis loved learning that in Morocco, it’s proper to eat on the floor and to use hands, not utensils.

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Finally, the recipe card features fun facts about Morocco, and additional tips about working with phyllo.

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As a bonus activity, he tested out writing in Arabic!

Arabic Writing (1)

Following along on the provided tracing sheet, Travis learned that he needed to move his pen from right to left, plus learned the Arabic words for common foods like apricot and tomato.

Arabic Writing (2)

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