B’stilla is an elaborate meat pie traditional of Morocco, consisting of layers of phyllo dough, savory shredded meat cooked in broth and spices, and a crunchy layer of toasted almonds, cinnamon, and sugar. But don’t let the photo fool you. The filling there in the middle… it’s really chicken. Honest. There was not a bit of beef anywhere near the stove while I was making this. However, it turned out looking like hamburger pie, don’t you think?
Just like this week’s TWD, the sweet and spicy smell coming from the kitchen was amazing. It floated through the entire house, even to my back bedroom. And when I took it out after the combined 40 minutes, it was beautiful. Definitely not what I was expecting once I took a bite (I was one of those who thought, “Oooh! Chicken Pot Pie!”). It did throw me out of my comfort zone, though… which is always a little scary, but fun at the same time. Probably not a dish that I’d make again for just myself, but I might try it when I have guests (and a bit more time!).
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#18 – Chicken B’stilla (pg. 222)
Source: Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan