Ever heard of bourekas? Yeah, me either. Until this week.
We have a friend who just left today to study abroad in Israel, and my husband had the idea of hosting a little shindig two nights ago before he left.
"Brilliant idea," I thought...until he then proceeded to ask me if I'd mind preparing several dishes that are from Israeli cuisine for a group of eight friends that night.
I was stumped--"Israeli cuisine?!" And last minute, no less. Oh sure, no problem! (Love you, babe)
I frantically started doing some research to see what this would entail. I found hummus and pita bread (okay, I got that one down pat), fresh produce (no brainer), and bourekas (what the heck are those?!) mentioned on every Israeli food website. At first I was terrified of making them (then serving them confidently to all our friends), but after reading about these cheese filled pastries over and over, I had to take on the challenge.
And guess what? They were AMAZING. Crispy on the outside, gooey and warm on the inside.
1 box filo dough (I used about 10 sheets)
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
16 oz frozen chopped spinach
1/2 cup melted butter
1 large egg
Pinch of salt and pepper
Sesame seeds for garnishing
1. Thaw filo dough and spinach according to package directions. Mix spinach, feta cheese, egg, salt and pepper in a medium bowl.
2. Take 5 sheets of filo dough and cut into 6 inch squares. Fill generously with spinach and cheese mixture. Butter around the edges to help seal the dough.
3. Fold over into a triangle and press around edges. Brush butter on top and sprinkle with seeds.
4. Bake for 10-12 minutes at 350 or until golden brown.
I also made some with a three cheese mixture, but for lack of time I didn't get pictures. Just swap the spinach for more feta, mozzarella, and grated parmesan. Also, I would consider using puff pastry dough instead of filo next time. I saw boureka recipes using both, but went with filo (mostly because it was a tad cheaper). Filo dough is very difficult to work with. I almost threw in the towel on these tasty treats, but I discovered I just had to tell the dough who's boss!
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