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Burekas – A Wonderful Balkan Cheesy Pastry

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Adjust Servings:
1 Pack Puff Pastry Chilled
2 Eggs
1 Cup Cottage Cheese
1 Cup Mozzarella cheese Or a cheese mixture
Black Pepper
sesame seeds For decoration

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Burekas – A Wonderful Balkan Cheesy Pastry

The Perfect Breakfast or Brunch Treat!

  • Dairy
  • Eggs
  • Vegeterian
  • 45 Minutes
  • Serves 8
  • Easy




Burekas, Borek, Burik, Burekitas are all names that describe a family of pastries traditionally filled with cheese and other goodies.

In Turkey they make it with phyllo dough but the Jewish version is using puff pastry.

There is no one version and honestly I love them all. I am kind of biased towards the puff pastry version because this is what I grew up on and also the cheese mixture that we use makes it special.

So here I bring you the Israeli version and usually you make the Burekas smaller. But… when it comes to breakfast or brunch you do want to make them bigger because it is traditional to stuff them. you can fill them with hard boiled egg, salad, more cheese, pickles. etc. Burekas is a great vessel and will accept most things you will fill it with.

Tips For Success:

  1. Feel free to make you puff pastry. I think that store bought is very good
  2. Make sure you work with a cold dough. Otherwise it gets very hard to work with
  3. You can use other types of cheese mixtures or even fillings like cheese & eggplants, spinach. It’s all good!
  4. Make sure the filling cheese mixture is not too watery otherwise the pastry will get soggy on the bottom


If puff pastry is not really your thing maybe try cream puffs….Who doesn’t love cream puffs??

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5 Minutes

Making the Cheese Mixture

Mix an egg, cottage cheese and mozzarella together. It is actually better to replace the mozza with a cheese mixture that contains several types like provolone, gouda, edam or whatever you feel like. Season with some salt and pepper.

10 Minutes

Forming The Burekas

Heat an oven to 400F / 200C.
Spread the puff pastry. Make sure the dough is cold and not room temperature otherwise it will be very hard to work with.
Depending on the shape you want your burekas to be cut the dough into squares for triangle burekas or long rectangle for long tubular shape.
Spread the cheese mixture accordingly and close the dough by moving a wet finger on the edge of the dough and press the two sides of the dough with a fork.
Beat an egg with some water and coat the top of each pastry with it. spread some sesame seeds on top and... into the oven! It should take around 30 minutes depending on the oven and the burekas is ready when it is golden brown.


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