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Cheese Bourekas Recipe
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Cheese Bourekas

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"Middle-Eastern style puff pastry pockets filled with cheese. Great served as an appetizer or the traditional Israeli way for breakfast with salad, olives, cheese, and plain yogurt. Could also be filled with leftover mashed potatoes, or a spinach and feta mixture."

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Original recipe makes 12 squares Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    1 hr


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a baking sheet.
  2. Beat 1 egg in a medium bowl, and mix in the cheese. Season with parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, cut each sheet of puff pastry into 6 equal squares to give 12 squares in total. Beat the remaining egg with water in small bowl. Brush edges of each square lightly with egg wash. Place a heaping tablespoon of the cheese mixture in the center of each square. Fold pastry over the filling, and seal edges with a fork. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet, brush with remaining egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve immediately.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 14, 2006

Excellent! I followed the recipe as-is (except for the addition of a little bit of grated parmasian cheese), and the Bourekas turned out fantastically. The cheese was perfectly melted, and the puff pastry was a yummy golden brown. Great recipe.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 24, 2009

I liked these, as did my husband and grandparents, but I had a hard time making them. They pop open when baking and do not stay closed and cheese leaks everywhere. They were greasy too. My family liked them a lot though.


17 Ratings

Feb 12, 2009

This is a Syrian/Lebanese appetizer that's been around for as long as time! Add black seed (aka black cumin seed)to the cheese mixture for a more authentic flavor.

Jul 15, 2010

effing amazing!

Apr 05, 2010

These are really good and filling. A nice change of pace!

Mar 01, 2010

These were fantastic! I chose to make these for a school assignment, and I'm glad I did. The first time I made them, they were perfect. The second time, I messed up a bit, and they turned out dry (my fault though)

Feb 13, 2007

My husband loved this but I wasn't crazy about it. The pastry didn't cook all the way through and you couldn't taste and cheese or egg.

Jul 24, 2009

A terrific side dish! I actually didn't end up using all the cheese called for. The seasonings are great and they bake beautifully. As the directions specify: serve immediately! No advance baking on these I'm afraid...


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  • Calories
  • 294 kcal
  • 15%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 19.6 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 43 mg
  • 14%
  • Fat
  • 20.1 g
  • 31%
  • Fiber
  • 0.8 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 8.9 g
  • 18%
  • Sodium
  • 230 mg
  • 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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