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Cheese & Olive Puff Pastry Bureks February 14, 2013

Posted by Paula Erbay in Appetizers.

1 package      Puff Pastry Squares (5×5 – 10 pieces[1])
1 lb                  Feta, Bulgarian or French (others are too salty), diced
2                      Eggs
¼ C                 Parsley, chopped
3 T                   Kalamata Olives, chopped
1                      egg for egg wash[2]
Sesame seeds

Have 2 pastry brushes available (one for water one for the egg wash)
Set puff pastry on counter to thaw.

In a mixing bowl beat 2 eggs.  Add the feta cheese, parsley and Kalamata olives to the beaten eggs.  Mix thoroughly.

Heat oven to 375° Convection Bake or 425° regular oven

Mix one egg with about an equal amount of water (no more though) in a small bowl.  Put plain water in another small bowl.  Have a separate pastry brush for each (you can even use a disposable paint brush from the hardware store – just wash first).

I used Puff Pastry that came in 5 inch squares with 10 pieces to the package.  On a lightly floured surface, I roll these slightly to be about 6×6 inches; I then cut each square into 4 pieces.

Brush all four sides of each square with water.  Place a spoonful of filling on the square and fold one side over the top making a rectangle. 1 Cheese mixture on squares

Crimp the three sides with the tines of a fork to seal, poke the top of the burek with the fork to allow steam to escape while baking. (See picture for Chicken Puff Pastry Burek)

Place about an inch apart on a non-stick baking sheet or a baking sheet lined with parchment or a silicone baking mat.  Brush each burek with the egg wash then sprinkle with Sesame seeds.  Bake in a preheated oven set to 375 ° Convection Bake or 425° conventional oven for 15 – 18 minutes and golden brown, it’s better to over bake puff pastry than under bake, just don’t burn them.  Makes 40 pieces of appetizer sized bureks.

2 Baked Cheese Bureks

[1] Any brand should work fine – I get mine from Jon’s Market (frozen)

[2] Will make enough eggwash for 2 batches of appetizer bureks



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