You can use my puff
pastry recipe to make desserts and
savory appetizers, but my favorite snack from the Middle East
is the bureka. Burekas, sometimes written "bourekas," are
triangles of puff pastry baked with different fillings.
The most common are perhaps cheese and potato or spinach.
This is similar to the Greek's spanakopita, or even Iraqi
In all cases, we love eating with our hands!
To make these delicious triangles, take out your puff pastry
and allow it to thaw a little. It doesn't need to reach room
temperature, but you should be able to work with it. In a frying
pan sauté the onions in butter. Then add the mushrooms and
a bit of salt, allowing the mushrooms to cook and steam off
excessive water. Then combine the herbs and remove from heat.
Once the mixture has cooled you can add the feta cheese and
one beaten egg—the egg will help hold everything together.
Roll out the puff pastry dough into approximately
20 4-inch squares. Place a heaping spoonful of the shitake-feta
mixture in the center and folded the square over into a triangle
to seal it. Then, brush the top with egg wash (egg mixed with
a bit of water or milk) and sprinkle some sesame seeds on
top. Place the burekas in a 350ºF oven for about 30 minutes,
or until they are a golden brown color.
Potato and cheese burekas are another one of my
favorites. Simply boil some potatoes and combine
with your favorite cheese (even mozzarella will
pastry dough will only taste sooo
you make it at home. However, you can buy it
ready-made in the supermarket. If you go this
route, try to find one made with butter and not
Alternatively, you can use filo dough, which is
lower in calories. However, it will taste more
like a spanakopita than a bureka!