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Cheese Burek Recipe (Börek)

Crispy, cigar-shaped Burek with a cheese and herb filling.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Appetizers, Snacks
Cuisine: Assyrian, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Servings: 32
Calories: 94kcal
Author: Hilda Sterner

Ingredients

Filling

  • 8 ounce feta cheese (crumbled)
  • 16 ounce mozzarella (shredded)
  • ½ cup Italian parsley (chopped)
  • ¼ cup fresh dill (chopped)
  • 1 T. chives (fresh or dried)
  • 1 medium serrano pepper (diced)
  • 1 large egg (beaten)

Other Ingredients

  • 2 1 lb. packages of egg roll wrappers
  • vegetable oil (for frying)

Instructions

  • Stir crumbled feta cheese and shredded mozzarella into a medium-sized bowl. Add parsley, dill, chives, and Serrano pepper. Mix to combine.
  • Add chopped black olives and a beaten egg to bind everything together.
  • Place egg roll wrapper on a flat working surface. Add approximately 1-½ tablespoons of filling towards the bottom of the wrapper and mold it into a log.
  • Dab the corners of the wrapper with water (or a beaten egg) then fold the sides over the filling. Roll the bottom portion of the wrapper over the filling.
  • Continue rolling tightly upwards until the Burek is completely sealed.
  • Place seal-down on a platter and continue until all the filling is used up.

Frying the Burek

  • Heat vegetable oil in a small skillet until it reaches 350-degrees F.
  • Using tongs, carefully place a few Burek into the hot oil and fry on all sides until brown.
  • Drain excess oil into the pan and place them on a napkin-covered plate. Repeat with the remaining Burek.

Notes

*Nutrition information is for unfried Burek
  • Burek can be made ahead of time. Make sure to place them on a floured tray and sprinkle them with additional flour. They tend to get soggy when stored uncooked in the fridge.
  • Make sure they don't touch. They have a tendency to release moisture and stick to each other, making it impossible to separate them.
  • To freeze Burek, fry them first. Cool completely and wrap in foil, then store in a sealed Ziploc bag. 
  • Reheat frozen Burek in a toaster oven, a few at a time, as needed.
  • Avoid using a microwave to reheat the Burek. It will make them soft and limp.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Burek | Calories: 94kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 132mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g