Sigara boregi – crispy cheese and herb filled pastry rolls

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Sigara boregi – crispy cheese and herb filled pastry rolls
These rolls, as with most savory pastries, are made with paper thin sheets of dough called Yufka in Turkey. As it is difficult to find yufka abroad, I made them with filo pastry sheets and it worked really well. You can prepare the rolls in advance and keep under a damp tea towel in the refrigerator. As with most savory Turkish filled pastries, this borek freeze very well once cooked too.
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9 oz filo pastry sheets, thawed, or fresh yufka sheets, if you can get

8 oz feta cheese, crumbled

2 oz shredded mozzarella

2 eggs (one for the filling, one for brushing the boreks)

1 bunch / 1/2 cup chopped flat leaf (Italian) parsley

Salt and pepper to taste

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp whole milk

Bowl of water to seal the rolls

Preheat oven to 180 C / 350 F / Gas 4

Mash together the cheese (feta and mozzarella), 1 egg, parsley and the milk to form a smooth paste.

Season with salt and pepper.  However, if the feta cheese is already salty, you may wish not to add salt. Place the filo sheets on a flat surface.

Keep the pastry covered with a damp cloth as you are working. This will help to avoid it getting too dry or less manageable.

Working with one sheet at a time, cut the filo into strips about 10-13cm/4-5in wide. Keep the strips covered with another damp cloth. 

Lay one strip of filo and place a tablespoon of the filling along one of the short ends (take care not to overfill as the filling may ooze out while cooking). Fold over the pastry from each side to seal in the mixture and then roll up like a cigar.

Wet the end of each pastry roll with water to seal. Continue, keeping the finished ones covered with a damp cloth as you work. Refrigerate until required.

Mix the olive oil and the other egg in a bowl. Grease the tray with a little olive oil. Brush the pastries with olive oil and egg mixture and bake until they are golden brown, about 25 – 30 minutes. 

You can serve these delicious rolls, Sigara Boregi, hot as part of a meze spread. We also like to eat them as morning or afternoon snacks.

Serves
4-6

Preparation Time
20 minutes

Cooking Time
30 minutes

Main ingredients
Cheese

Recipe Type
Party Food, Snacks

Cuisine
Vegetarian, Turkish

Special Info
Vegetarian

Level of Difficulty
Medium

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