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Spinach and Feta Cheese Börek
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Spinach and Feta Cheese Börek

Recipe for Spinach and Feta Cheese Borek - A classic Turkish Borek recipe made with stuffing phyllo sheets with spinach and feta.
Course Appetizer, Breakfast
Cuisine Turkish
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8
Calories 174kcal

Ingredients

  • 10 Phyllo Dough sheets – thawed overnight if using frozen
  • 3 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup of skim milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons plain yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

For the filling:

  • 20 oz. (1 lbs.) fresh baby spinach, washed and dried ( I used a salad spinner)
  • 1 onion peeled and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt* see note
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper optional
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds I used black and white
  • 1 cup feta cheese crumbled

For The Egg Wash

  • 2 egg yolks

Instructions

  • Whisk olive oil, milk, 1egg, yogurt, salt and pepper in a bowl until combined.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large pan. Add the chopped onion and cook until fragrant, 3-5 minutes. Add the spinach, salt and pepper. Close it with a lid. Cook it, in medium heat, until the spinach loses most of its volume, around 5 minutes. Give it a stir and turn the heat off. Let it sit for 15 minutes.
  • When it cools down, using a mesh strainer, strain it from all of its juices. Place it in a bowl, add the feta cheese and stir it gently until combined.
  • Line a baking sheet (mine is 12X17) with parchment paper. Lightly spray it with vegetable oil.
  • Place 2 sheets of phyllo dough and brush it with 3 tablespoons of the milk mixture.
  • Repeat the same process one more time.
  • Place 1 sheet of phyllo dough and spread the spinach-feta cheese filling evenly leaving 1/2 inch space on the edges and corners.
  • Continue with placing 2 sheets of phyllo dough and brushing it with 3 tablespoons of the milk mixture TWICE.
  • Place the last phyllo dough on top and brush it with 2 tablespoons of the milk mixture.
  • Cover it with stretch film, place it in the fridge and let it rest at least 2 hours or overnight.
  • When ready to bake, heat the oven to 350 F. degrees.
  • Slice the borek evenly as desired. Brush it with 2 egg yolks and sprinkle each piece with black and white sesame seeds.
  • Transfer it into the oven and bake until it is golden brown, 30-35 minutes.
  • Serve immediately.

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Notes

Note: Prior to adding salt to the filling, it is good to taste your feta cheese and determine if you need more salt or not.

Nutrition

Calories: 174kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 87mg | Sodium: 503mg | Potassium: 481mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 6851IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 219mg | Iron: 3mg