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Cheesy Bourekas with Spiced Raisin Marmalata

Cheesy Bourekas with Spiced Raisin Marmalata

Savory puff pastries stuffed with cheese and jam
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Bourekas are a traditional Jewish or Middle Eastern handpie made from puff pastry. They come in a variety of shapes with different fillings, so for our take on them, we’re stuffing these flaky, buttery pastries with a mix of feta, manouri, ricotta, and caciocavallo, along with a spoonful of spiced raisin jam to create a rich mouthful of sweet and savory flavors, combining bright cheese and succulent fruit. Serve these as an appetizer or snack along with gamey, garlicky charcuterie and spiced chutneys.

Cheesy Bourekas with Spiced Raisin Marmalata
Savory puff pastries stuffed with cheese and jam
  • Prep Time : 15 min
  • Cook Time : 30 min
  • Total Time : 45 min
  • Makes 25-35 small pastries

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the crumbled feta and Manouri with the ricotta, grated Caciocavallo and one of the eggs until incorporated. Add the black pepper and salt.
  3. On a smooth, clean work surface, unfold the puff pastry. Using a rolling pin, roll out the sheet until it reaches roughly ⅛” in thickness. Cut the puff pastry down into 2” x 5” strips.
  4. Prepare a baking sheet with cooking spray and one at a time, spoon roughly 1 Tbsp of the cheese mixture down the middle of the puff pastry, followed by roughly 1 tsp of the marmalata, leaving a clear border around all sides.
  5. Roll the puff up to encase the filling in a cigar-like shape and place seam side-down onto the baking sheet. Repeat with remaining puff pastry and fillings.
  6. Whisk the remaining egg in a small bowl and using a pastry brush, apply an egg wash coating to each boureka, followed by a sprinkling of sesame seeds or poppy seeds.
  7. Place the bourekas in the oven to cook for 25-30 minutes.
  8. Serve warm or room temperature.

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