Cheese & Potato Bourekas

February 3rd, 2018 § 0 comments § permalink


Serves 6


1 cup mashed potatoes
1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
¼ cup chopped fine red onion
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons chopped fine fresh mint leaves
2 tablespoons chopped fine fresh parsley leaves
1 tablespoon olive oil
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
2 eggs 1 (14-16ounce) package puff pastry sheets or pre cut squares, thawed but cold
1 tablespoon black sesame seeds


Combine the potatoes, cheese, onions, herbs and olive oil in a small mixing bowl and mix until all ingredients are infused. Sprinkle in the salt and pepper and pour in the egg mixture. Crack in one of the eggs and mix until its fully incorporated and the mixture is creamy. Place the mixture in the refrigerator to get cold and solidify a little. Heat the oven to 375 F. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper. Cut the puff pastry into about 6-10 squares, a minimum of about 3 inches on each side. Place tablespoon of the filling in the center of each square. The amount of the spoonful will depend on the size of your final square, most important is that there is room to fold the square over. Fold the square over in half either diagonally to form a triangle or straight over to form a rectangle (artists call), pinch the ends of the dough by pressing them together. Beat the second egg and lightly brush the tops of the bourekas, this helps encourages a golden color. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds evenly.

Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes, or until the bourekas are puffed and golden in color. Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving as the interior can be extremely hot.

Yemini Zhug

February 24th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink


Makes 2 cups


½  teaspoon coriander seeds, toasted
1 teaspoon rainbow pepper corns, toasted
1 cardamom pod, cracked and toasted
1 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted
½  teaspoon caraway seeds, toasted

2 teaspoons salt
3 cloves garlic2 cups cilantro leaves
4 -6 hot green chilies, chopped (any type is fine- Serrano, jalapeño, cayenne a combination of them all is best)
½ cup olive oil
½ teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon lemon juice

*alternatively spices do not have to be toasted


Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.  An emersion blender can also be used.  Store in the refrigerator for up to three weeks.  Use on eggs, meats, fish and vegetables.

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