/ Main Dishes
cloves minced fresh garlic
fresh mushrooms, sliced
cream cheese softened
cottage cheese, creamed
feta cheese crumbles
unsalted butter, melted
How to Make Beef Pita
1Combine ground beef, onion and garlic in a large frying-pan; cook, stirring frequently until beef loses pink color.
3Add mushrooms, bay leaf, salt, chili powder, cumin powder, and cinnamon; cook, stirring frequently, until mushrooms are tender about 5 minutes.
4Stir in tomato sauce and wine; cook, covered, 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
6Cool while preparing cheese filling.
7Combine egg and cream cheese in medium bowl, beat with electric mixer until smooth.
8Stir in cottage and feta cheeses and blend.
9Brush 13 x 9 inch baking pan with melted butter.
10Line pan with 1 sheet of pastry, fitting pastry to contour of pan. (Pastry will come up over edges of pan.)
11Brush pastry with butter.
12Layer with 3 more pastry sheets, brushing each with butter.
13Sprinkle bread crumbs evenly over top.
14Spoon 1/5 of meat filling in layer over crumbs and 1/5 of the cheese filling over meat.
15Place 1 pastry sheet over cheese filling, crinkling to fit inside dimensions of pan; brush with butter and layer with 1/5 of the meat and 1/5 to the cheese fillings.
16Repeat with 3 more pastry sheets, crinkling each, brushing with butter and topping with fillings.
17Turn bottom pastry ends up over filling.
18Place remaining 8 pastry sheets smoothly over top, brushing each with butter.
19Using spatula, tuck top pastry sheets around inside edges of pan.
20With sharp knife, score top lightly in half lengthwise and sixths crosswise. (Do not cut through.)
21Bake in moderate oven (350 degrees) 1 hour or until top is golden brown.
22Cool at least 10 minutes before cutting along scored lines.
23Place a cherry tomato on each of 12 small wooden picks and insert pick in center of each serving.
25Garnish individual servings with fresh fruit kabobs, if desired.
26FRESH FRUIT KABOBS: To make fresh fruit kabobs, place chunks of fresh pineapple, cantaloupe, whole strawberries or other fruits in season on small wooden skewers.
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