Sephardic Recipes With A Modern Twist

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Cheesy Burekas

Cheesy Burekas

Cheesy Burekas

Filling
2 large russet potatoes
1/2 pound of feta cheese, crumbled
1 cup parmesan cheese
2 eggs

Boil the potatoes in a pot over medium heat until fork tender, 7-10 minutes.
Peel the potatoes, mash and let cool.
Add feta and parmesan cheese and eggs and mix all the ingredients.

Dough
1 cup cold water
3/4 cup avocado or vegetable oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3 cups all purpose unbleached flour
1 egg, beaten for egg wash
Parmesan cheese, sesame or nigella
seeds for sprinkling on top

  • Use a standing mixer with the dough hook and mix all the ingredients until the dough comes together, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Form the dough into walnut-size balls.
  • Place on a parchment lined baking tray, cover with a clean dish towel and let rest for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Use a rolling pin to form the dough into oval shapes.
  • Place one teaspoon of potato filling in the middle of the dough.
  • Lift the dough upwards, fold over the filling and then pinch the ends and bring in to form a crescent shape.
  • Brush the tops of the burekas with a beaten egg.
  • Sprinkle tops with parmesan cheese and seeds, if using. Bake for 20-25 minutes until crispy and golden brown.

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