- 1 sheet of puff pastry chilled or frozen
- 3.5 oz (100g) of ricotta cheese or cottage cheese
- 3.5 oz (100g) of feta cheese
- 1 egg
- Sesame seeds
These Cheese bureks is one of many Turkish dishes that my cousin Anne taught me, she makes while vacationing in Turkey, is in love with that country, while since last year return from Ankara has begun to cook many dishes that learned there, and it does so well that he has taught me, starting with these bureks.
For those who do not know the bureks are crispy savory pastries that can carry various types of filling. They consumed as an appetizer and snack between meals in many countries in the Middle East. I am in love with them because they are very simple to prepare.
Soon I will continue bringing you several dishes of the Turkish region, as Anne continue to teaching me and can cook everything I learned to perfection, I’m sure that as much as I enjoy, even I started thinking about spending my next vacation in Istanbul.
See how to make Cheese Bureks, an amazing Turkish recipe:
1. If you use frozen puff pastry, I thaw according to package directions and stretch it on baking paper. If you use fresh pastry, stretch it on the baking paper.
2. Prepare the filling by mixing crumbled feta cheese by hand or with a fork and add ricotta.
3. Cut puff pastry squares about 10 × 10 cm or size you prefer.
4. Beat the egg and brush both sides of a corner with it.
5. Put a tsp of filling in the center of the squares and seal the dough so that the corner with egg falls on the one with eggless.
6. Press with your fingers on each side and then with a fork to prevent the filling scapes. Separate them about 3 cm apart on the baking sheet to bake and grow so they do not stick to one another.
7. Paint the Bureks with the remaining egg and sprinkle over the seeds you desire.
8. Refrigerate about 15-20 minutes until they are firm and the pastry is crisp but not greasy.
9. Preheat oven to 428°F or 220°C.
10. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until you see browned on top.
11. Cool slightly on a wire rack, but serve hot.
Tips to make the best Cheese Bureks
1. The cheese bureks are very easy to do. This is an option, but you can prepare mixtures with other cheeses and with totally different fillings like eggplant or spinach.
2. They can be made with phyllo instead of pastry, but I have to say that most I’ve ever made were with puff pastry.
3. If you can get Nigella sativa (black seeds you see in the pictures of the bureks), try them, worth a special flavor that gives them, and if not, use sesame or poppy seeds.
4. When prepared as an appetizer or snack, they are often made small, but you can prepare larger. I want to do also some in which the dough is rolled that are much larger.
5. If you prepare with chilled pastry, you can fill them and freeze them for when you need.