Burekas

  • Yield 50 pieces

Burekas are a traditional Israeli street food sold from carts or open-air bakeries along with hard-boiled eggs and a fruit drink similar to Kool-Aid.

The puff pastry must be cut with a pizza cutter or ravioli wheel, not a knife, otherwise the leaves of the dough will not open up and fan out.

Ingredients

Potato Filling:
2 large all-purpose potatoes, peeled
Water
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 large onion, chopped
1 egg, beaten
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Cheese Filling:
1 (8-ounce) package farmer cheese
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon flour
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
To Assemble:
1 (2.2-pound) package frozen puff pastry, slightly defrosted
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup sesame seeds

Instructions

  1. To make Potato Filling: Place potatoes in a saucepan, and cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook 20 minutes or until tender. In a skillet over medium heat, heat olive oil. Add onions and saute 7 to 8 minutes until golden brown. In a small mixing bowl, combine sauteed onions, potatoes and egg; mash with a fork and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  2. To make Cheese Filling: In a small mixing bowl, combine all ingredients well with a fork; set aside.
  3. To assemble: Preheat oven to 350F. Roll puff pastry out gently into a 15 x 12-inch rectangle on a floured surface.
  4. Cut dough into 3 x 3-inch squares with a ravioli wheel or pizza cutter. Place a heaping tablespoon of potato filling in center of half of the squares square. Lightly brush edges of pastry with beaten egg. Fold pastry over filling corner to corner to form a triangle. Brush each square with egg and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Repeat with the cheese filling.
  5. Place assembled burekas on a baking pan lined with parchment paper and bake 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown. Makes approximately 50 (3-inch) burekas (25 of each variety).

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