Cheese Pastry – The RAG.

An evening with friends from around the Mediterranean.. conversations flowed from the Greek economy, the foes of journalism to memories of the Levant. The main course was being catered, and arrived late.  This dish provided RAG. with the nourishment he needed to focus on the conversation, hence it was named after him.


  • 1 package of Halloum Cheese
  • 1/2 cup of pitted black Lebanese Olives
  • 1/4 cup of sun-dried tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons of Syrian Zaatar Mix
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of dried or chopped fresh Dill
  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon sesame
  • 1 tablespoon (Habet elbarakeh)
  • 1 packet of filo dough sheets
  • 1 egg


  • Place the olives, cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, zaatar, olive oil, dill in a food processor and mix.
  • Heat the butter until it turns to liquid
  • Brush a 9″ Oven tray (heat-resistant glassware or deep tin dish) with butter.
  • Add layers of the Phyllo dough, brushing with butter.
  • After you placed 1/2 the content of the Phyllo packet into the dish, add the stuffing mix spreading evenly across the filo dough.
  • Continue to layer the filo dough, while brushing with the remaining butter.
  • Slice the dough into cubes.
  • Mix the egg, and brush over the filo dough
  • Sprinkle the sesame onto the dough.
  • Bake in the oven on 175F for 20min (or until golden).
  • Leave out to cool or eat hot, as preferred.
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