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Borek – Versatile Recipe for Lunch or a Light Dinner

 

A really versatile and easy recipe to make is a ‘Borek’.  Traditionally, it’s a pie of filo pastry filled with cheese, spinach, or minced meat from Turkish and Middle Eastern cooking.  However, you can make it with any type of ingredients that you like and can be an easy breakfast on the run, or even a tasty lunch option for the kids.

 

 

Because this recipe is easily changeable, you can adapt it to suit your taste just as I have.  Try pork, beef, chicken, or lamb mince, different style cheese and herbs.  Experiment!  The basis for this recipe came from a friend’s husband but you can find different recipes on Food.com or online.

Recipe below (my twist on it) using beef mince meat and potatoes.  The idea is to layer the filo pastry with your choice of ingredients, then top with cheese and bake until golden.

 

     

 

    

 

Recipe:

500 grams of mince
3-4 medium to large potatoes (mashed)
1 pkt filo pastry
Butter (melted)
Cheese (100g) grated (I used Bocconcini)
2Tbsp BBQ Sauce

Cook and mash the potatoes.  Place into a bowl to cool, then add the uncooked mince and BBQ sauce, mix well.

Brush butter over the base of an ovenproof dish.  Cover with a sheet of filo pastry and brush with butter.  Continue to lay a sheet of filo brushed with butter over the base a few more times (I layer at least 4 sheets on the bottom).

Now, depending on the size of your dish will determine how many layers of filling you can do.  I used a large dish, so was only able to get 2 layers of filling, however, if you used a smaller dish you’d be able to get more layers.

Add a layer of cheese then some of the mince/potato mix.  Cover with 2 sheets of filo brushed with butter.

Continue with the layers until all the filling is used.  Finish off with a buttered layer of filo.

Bake for around 30 – 35 minutes in 180-degree oven until golden brown.

 

 

Once cooked, slice into portions.  It makes a tasty lunch, or serve with salad for a light dinner.  Any leftovers can be frozen for around 3 months.

 

Borek

Cook Time37 mins
Keyword: Borek
Author: Homebasics101

Ingredients

  • 500 g mince
  • 3-4 medium Potatoes
  • 1 pkt filo pastry
  • Butter for brushing the filo pastry sheets
  • 100 g Cheese I used Bocconcini
  • 2 tbsp BBQ Sauce

Instructions

  • Cook and mash the potatoes. Place into a bowl to cool, 
  •  then add the uncooked mince and BBQ sauce, mix well.
  • Brush butter over the base of an ovenproof dish
  • Cover with a sheet of filo pastry and brush with butter. Continue to lay a sheet of filo brushed with butter over the base a few more times (I layer at least 4 sheets on the bottom).
  • Add a layer of cheese then some of the mince/potato mix. Cover with 2 sheets of filo brushed with butter.
  • Continue with the layers until all the filling is used. Finish off with a buttered layer of filo.
  • Bake for around 30 – 35 minutes in 180-degree oven until golden brown.

Notes

Now, depending on the size of your dish will determine how many layers of filling you can do.  I used a large dish, so was only able to get 2 layers of filling, however, if you used a smaller dish you'd be able to get more layers.

 

 

 

 

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1 Comment

  1. Lynn Ozbek says:

    This is also great for picnics as well. As you can have it hot or cold and it taste just as good.
    Yummy.

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