Börek is a popular Turkish snack made of thin layers of dough with vegetable or cheese filling. It can be served anytime of the day as breakfast or as a full meal. My husband has been telling me to make some börek at home. So far, I made potato börek several times in the past, but never tried spinach and feta cheese börek . I once saw my mother-in-law preparing this during our one of our visits in Istanbul, thought it was easy, I just wasn’t really sure how to prepare the spinach. That time hubby was spending his 3 weeks in the army, MIL cannot speak English, I was just pretending I understood her instructions. Silly me. Anyway, I finally found understand the recipe, so here I am, sharing to you what I was able to whip up, using the available ingredients in my own kitchen.
1 cup feta cheese, crumbled
2 cups chopped spinach
1/2 cup yogurt
2 eggs, beaten
3 tbsp. olive oil
1/4 cup milk
4 pcs. filo pastry*
Combine eggs, milk, yogurt and oil. Mix well until smooth. Coat a rectangular baking dish with oil. Arrange the first layer of filo pastry, brush it with the egg mixture, top it with spinach and crumbled cheese, then cover with another layer of filo. Repeat the same process to create 3 layers. The last layer should be covered with filo pastry and brushed with the remaining egg mixture. Slice the pastry into desired size. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes. Serve.
Yield: Good for 4 people.
Note: Add chopped onions and black pepper to spinach if desired. Salt is another option.
I used local ingredients for this dish except for the feta cheese which is Bayernland Balkankäse Peynir. It is available at S & R. The spinach is from SM Supermarket. I got one pack for P69. Very expensive, yeah? *I used lumpia wrapper as alternative for filo pastry because I don’t know where to buy it, don't know how to make it either. Glad that lumpia wrapper worked the same way, though. In fact, hubby said my first ever spinach and feta cheese borek is so nice. Or maybe he haven’t eaten this specific pastry for a long time and that’s why he said so. Haha.
That's it for now. Next thing to try is pogaca, a kind of bread similar to dinner rolls! :)