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lamb and cheese enclosed in herbed rye pastry If you want to make this with leftover lamb, skip step 7 and add the lamb, salt and pepper when you mix in the cheese.
- 1 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1⁄2 cup rye flour
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
- 1⁄2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 3⁄4 cup cold salted butter, cut up
- 6 tablespoons cold water
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 5 green onions, green and white parts separated, chopped
- 3 lbs boneless lamb chops, trimmed of excess fat, diced
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt (to taste)
- 1⁄4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper (to taste)
- 3 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1 tablespoon water
- Combine all-purpose flour, rye flour, rosemary and garlic powder in a bowl and mix well.
- Using pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
- Add cold water one tablespoon at a time, mixing gently just until all flour is blended in and dough can be formed into a ball.
- Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate while making filling.
- Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat.
- Add white part of onions and cook, stirring, until they just begin to brown.
- Add lamb, salt, and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until well-browned, pouring off excess liquid if necessary.
- Add green part of onions and cook 1 minute more.
- Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
- Add cheese and mix well.
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
- Divide dough into 12 portions.
- Place 1 portion of dough on a lightly floured surface and roll out into a 6 inch circle.
- Place a spoonful of filling slightly below center of dough circle.
- Fold top of dough over to form a half-moon shape. Press edges firmly together.
- Repeat with remaining dough and filling.
- Place pastry pockets on an ungreased baking sheet.
- Mix egg and water and brush over tops of pastries.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until tops are golden brown. Serve hot.