Cheese and Black Seed Roll-Ups
In Jordan we have food called "grass." These are breads that have different things as fillers. We have spinach and oregano, potato with hot peppers, meat, oregano spices and we have goat cheese and oregano. This recipe I have created takes the wonderful goat cheese and mixes it with oregano and black seeds. Oregano is full of many health benefits too.
If you are in the Middle East or part of this world, then your goat cheese will come packed in jars of salty water. If you have your goat cheese soaking in salty water, you must remove the salt. There are a few ways to do that. If you are short of time, you can boil the cheese for 10 minutes, rinse the water off and put fresh water on again and boil again for 10 minutes.
If you have plenty of time then put fresh water on the cheese and let it set for 12 hours and rinse. Keep rinsing the cheese every 12 hours until the salt taste is gone. The heavy salt will ruin your recipe. If you are buying from the local grocery store or from my Amazon links then the above steps do not need to be taken.
Bread Dough Recipe
The first thing you must do is to prepare the dough for the roll-ups. I use whole wheat flour, but you can use any flour you choose.
Mix 1 cup of oregano with 1/4 cup of black seeds. Add in a dash of salt and set aside. Take your goat cheese ( 1/2 kilo or more) and cut it into chunks and place in a food processor. Add in enough oregano mixture to add flavor, but not too much. How much of the mixture is added depends on how much cheese you are using. Any cheese that is not used can be frozen and used later in any dish you are making.
Forming the Roll-Ups
Take your bread dough that has risen twice and make individual round balls around 1/2 cup size. Take a clean town and cover them so they don't dry out. You can freeze part of the bread dough and use later if you do not want to use all the dough now.
Place flour on the table and take one ball of dough and roll out into a rectangular. Make sure the bread dough is thin. In the middle and all the way to the end put in a small line of the cheese and oregano mixture. Starting at the beginning begin to roll up and seal tight on the end. Imagine the look of a fat cigar.
Place the roll-ups on an oiled baking pan and with a fork, make a few indentions in each cheese roll up. Brush the tops of each roll up with oil. Bake them in a moderate hot 375 degree oven for 15 minutes or until brown on the bottom. Flip the rolls over and bake on the other side.
Remove from the oven when done and allowed to cool on a tray. You can leave out what you will eat right now or freeze any roll-ups for later use. A wonderful meal in itself.