Crisped with melted butter and hot oil, bourekas are a divine goodness stuffed with flavorful ingredients. They’re filling and nutrious that makes a meal so satisfying– you’ll want more than just one. Just like Spain’s empanadas, India’s samosa, and Italy’s calzone, they’re perfectly enclosed for on-the-go. These portable snacks are great when you’re browsing through shops, or when you’re doing other activities.
Where Bourekas are Enjoyed
Common in North Africa, Middle East, and areas in Asia, the bourekas are known as savory pies. Amongst the community that enjoyed them were the Sephardic Jews that served this food during celebratory occasions and holidays. This is a practice that continues today, Iberian Jews ate bourekas as part of their Shabbat meals. Additionally, they’re enjoyed all throughout Israel as a common street food or breakfast delight. Today, you’ll learn how to make this delicious snack the easy way!
What You’ll Need:
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Dash of sesame seeds
1/2 cup melted unsalted butter
1 cup ricotta cheese
1 10-oz thawed spinach
1 16-ounce package of thawed phyllo dough
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 minced clove garlic
1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
1 large egg
Salt and pepper to taste
In a large bowl, combine nutmeg, garlic, mozzarella, ricotta, egg and spinach and mix them well. To taste, season with a dash of salt and pepper.
Using a baking sheet, lightly spray with cooking oil or slather with a thin layer of butter. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Place the phyllo dough on a flat surface and place a lightly damp cloth over it to keep it from drying out.
Remove a layer of dough and flatly place it on the surface. Cut it in wide strips of 4 and 1/2 inches. Brush the strips with melted butter and do this to the other side.
Using a tablespoon, add a filling to the buttered strips. Fold the strips to make a triangle from the right corner to the left side. Make sure that everything is securely safe inside.
Brush the triangle with more butter and place them on the baking sheets. Repeat this process until you don’t have anymore filling or phyllo dough. Brush them with an egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake for 20 minutes and enjoy!