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Beef Borek , A Fusion Recipe

by Spicie Foodie on May 16, 2011

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When we first moved to Prague the only “ethnic” grocery stores to be found were run by Vietnamese. I say ethnic in quotes because technically they could be called that but where not quite what you picture when you think of ethnic shops else where. Having freshly arrived from living in Paris where any and every type of ethnic foods could be found this took some getting use to. Sure the Vietnamese markets had some ramen, basic asian condiments and the best fresh fruit and vegetable selections but it didn’t quite make up for not finding some of the world ethnic foods and ingredients we love and missed. Fast forward to 2011 and things have really changed here. Now small ethnic markets selling Japanese, many asian products, basic Tex-Mex ingredients, authentic Italian, authentic Greek, and a variety of middle eastern products have begun popping up all over the city. Czechs seem to have embraced the idea of tasting and/or cooking world foods. Don’t get me wrong Czech food is hearty and very tasty, but I do love variety in my choices of both restaurants and ingredients to cook with.

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Last week my husband and I went to check out a new middle eastern market that opened up in our neighborhood. We both absolutely love middle eastern cuisine, definitely one of our favorites. As we wondered through the small isles we were delighted with the selection of products from north Africa, the middle east, and even India. Along with the mandatory Lokum for my husband we picked up some grains, deli delicacies, pickled veggies and a humongous pack of Yukfa, which is a thicker version of Turkish Philo dough. You will surely see the ingredients pop up in recipes in the coming weeks or months. But today I will be sharing what I cooked with some of the Yufka/Philo dough. The first attempt I made Rolled Beef Borek. Okay so these aren’t quite Turkish Borek nor Balkan type Borek, but rather a fusion of both with my own take. But they did taste fantastic, so much so that my husband asked me to please remember how I made them so we could have them again soon. I’ve never made Borek before and I didn’t have time to look up instructions prior to cooking so I just winged it. The second attempt I made the same filling and instead of rolling the dough I made a meat pie. Assemble it just as you would a regular pie by layering a yufka or two on the bottom and as well as the top. Hope you enjoy this as much as we did.

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Rolled Beef Borek or Yufka Beef Pie

3 large yukfa or philo sheets
500 g or 1 lb. ground beef (or a mix of ground beef and pork)*
1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 small red pimentos or 1 small red bell pepper, finely chopped
1 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp dried rosemary
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 pack (450 g or 15 oz) frozen garlic creamed spinach (I made my own w/milk) , drained
Turkish beyaz peynir cheese or feta cheese
olive oil or vegetable oil

melted butter, for brushing the Yufka
1-2 large eggs lightly beaten, for egg wash

* Please note that Turkish Muslims do not eat pork. So if you aim to make this more Turkish based used ground beef only. *

1. Defrost and warm up the garlic creamed spinach. Make sure most of the liquid evaporates or you will have to drain it all of the excess liquid. Set aside. (You could also use fresh spinach instead of frozen.) Heat just enough oil to coat the pan, once warm Add the ground/minced beef and cook all the way through. Drain off all extra fat. Remove meat from the pan and set aside.

2. Add a little bit of oil to the pan and once warm saute the onions until translucent. Add the finely chopped pimento/ pepper and saute for 3 minutes. Next add the garlic and cook another 2 minutes. Add the beef back to the pan then sprinkle all of the seasonings into the pan, stir to distribute the spices well. Turn heat to low flame and allow to cook another 5 minutes. Turn heat off and set aside to cool slightly.

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3. Preheat oven to 220 c and prepare a baking sheet. Have the melted butter and pastry brush ready. Once the beef has cooled down a bit, brush 1 extra large philo/ yukfa sheet with melted butter. Lay a thin layer of beef mixture in a straight line, top with the creamed spinach and feta. Tuck in the phyllo/yukfa and begin rolling up into a long tubular shape. Curl it into a coil/swirl shape and brush outer yufka with egg wash.

Bake in center of the oven for 20-30 minutes or until the dough is browned and crispy. Serve with a light side salad.

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After dinner I decided to readup on Borek and all the varieties. Through Google images I came across Citra’s blog with a great recipe for Turkish Borek with leeks. It looks so good and that will be the next Borek I make. Here’s the link if you are interested.
http://c1tr4sinau.blogspot.com/2011/02/prasa-boreg-turkish-leek-pastry.html

in Beef,European,Middle Eastern

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1 Alina---Explora Cuisine May 16, 2011 at 10:09 PM

I love Borek, especially this one with meat! It does look fantastic, gotta try it myself as well :) Thank you for sharing!

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2 Spicie Foodie May 16, 2011 at 10:13 PM

Hi Alina, Thanks! I hope you like my fusion version.

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3 Jessica May 16, 2011 at 10:18 PM

Looks beautiful and delicious! I would love to try out your borek recipe sometime. Never had it before but it looks too good to pass on!

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4 claudia lamascolo May 16, 2011 at 10:18 PM

I just love the pastry here would love to try this!

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5 Spicie Foodie May 16, 2011 at 10:22 PM

@Jessica, Thank you! It's definitely one to try sometime for a lighter dinner.

@Claudia, Thank you : )

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6 A Little Yumminess May 16, 2011 at 10:58 PM

I have had chicken borek but beef borek sounds like a neat variation

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7 Cheryl and Adam @ pictureperfectmeals.com May 16, 2011 at 11:22 PM

This looks positively delicious and the story behind it is fascinating. Realy looking forward to enjoying this!

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8 Lizzy May 16, 2011 at 11:32 PM

Your rolled borek is absolutely beautiful! Just a work of art…and I know it tasted just as wonderful as it looks :)

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9 Carolyn May 16, 2011 at 11:37 PM

I've never heard of Yufka or Borek but yours does look delicious. I love ethnic groceries. We have a couple of asian marts that sell not just asian foods but pretty much everything, it's a real treat to go there.

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10 Cooking Rookie May 16, 2011 at 11:38 PM

Oh my, it looks so beautiful! I have to admit, I have not met a borek that I liked so far, but this recipe certainly looks like it could change my opinion on boreks. I would not refuse that plate :-)

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11 Guvi May 16, 2011 at 11:58 PM

I love the presentation! I've never made borek myself, but I'll definitely try!

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12 Erin May 17, 2011 at 12:55 AM

I have never heard of this before, but it looks good! I love trying different recipes from different parts of the world!

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13 muppy May 17, 2011 at 1:14 AM

This looks fantastic, I will definitely try it :)

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14 Lulu's Sweet Secrets May 17, 2011 at 1:42 AM

Hi! I appreciate the sweet comment you left on my blog!
I love your photos and recipes :)

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15 Belinda @zomppa May 17, 2011 at 1:46 AM

This is a stunning one! Would love to dig into this.

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16 Maris (In Good Taste) May 17, 2011 at 1:58 AM

Oh this is absolutely gorgeous! I love pastry encrusted dishes

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17 a. maren May 17, 2011 at 2:04 AM

oo, i have never had borek before, but it looks great! lovely pictures, too.

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18 Magic of Spice May 17, 2011 at 3:07 AM

Wow this is great…I am quite impressed with your fusion here :) All of the photos are amazing, but I love the way the Borek looks, beautiful!

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19 Tanvi@SinfullySpicy May 17, 2011 at 3:15 AM

I think I have eaten this at one of the Vegas buffets but never knew what this was called.Thought it was a meat pie :) I love such recipes for a quick & hearty snack or even brunch.Love the how the rustic, golden crust and green garnish pops on a blue background.

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20 Sarah May 17, 2011 at 4:20 AM

wow…gorgeous! One of my favorite things about Seattle is all the varieties in ethnic cuisine…glad you found a good market!

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21 Michelle Chin May 17, 2011 at 8:24 AM

Best eaten with yogurt. :D

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22 penny aka jeroxie May 17, 2011 at 12:59 PM

I must try this borek recipe. My mister love it.

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23 Pacheco Patty May 17, 2011 at 2:16 PM

I would love to try a slice of your Borek just the way you've served it with a green salad, it looks just perfect. People are discovering and enjoying food from all over the world,it just makes what we eat a little more interesting;-)

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24 Pola May 17, 2011 at 2:51 PM

Hi Nancy, my award from last week is back on! Please come and check it out: http://cookingitalianinthemidwest.blogspot.com/2011/05/roasted-tomato-pasta.html

Hopefully blogger won't crash this time!

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25 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table May 17, 2011 at 3:32 PM

I have never heard of Borek before, but you make this look irresistible! Such a gorgeous presentation and the “inside” shoot is drool-inducing. :)

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26 Adora's Box May 17, 2011 at 4:38 PM

There'a bakeshop near where we live that sells this but I have never ventured to try it. It sounds really, really good. Exquisite photos.

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27 Adora's Box May 17, 2011 at 4:43 PM

There'a bakeshop near where we live that sells this but I have never ventured to try it. It sounds really, really good. Exquisite photos.

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28 Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets May 17, 2011 at 5:04 PM

Your borek is so pretty! My phyllo skills need a lot of work but I'd like to make something that looks like urs one day =).

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29 Adriennely May 17, 2011 at 5:15 PM

Your borek looks stunning!

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30 Emily Malloy May 17, 2011 at 5:55 PM

I love fusion food! This looks great!

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31 The Cooking Photographer May 17, 2011 at 6:05 PM

I used to live in Prague! Beautiful city, not so fond of the food. Glad you're cooking your own. At the time I didn't have my own kitchen. Ate out all the time. It was bad.

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32 Lindselicious May 17, 2011 at 8:29 PM

The borek looks so neat! I love that its rolled up like a snail. Thanks for introducing me to this dish I have not heard of it before. Adding it on my list to try in the future!

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33 Our Eyes Eat First May 17, 2011 at 11:18 PM

just gorgeous! looks so elegant. Im sure this would be great even as a vegetarian option with cheese instead of beef!

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34 Torviewtoronto May 18, 2011 at 1:26 AM

delicious flavours borek looks wonderful

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35 FamilySpice May 18, 2011 at 3:35 AM

This looks amazing! I wish I knew about borek when I was in Turkey so I could have tried it.

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36 Leanne May 18, 2011 at 4:07 AM

Oh my! This is beautiful. I can't believe you made this– it look so delicate and intricate! And delicious. Really delicious.

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37 Sandra May 18, 2011 at 4:08 AM

I love your take on Burek/Borek…you did an amazing job! I just wish that I can make homemade dough, like my mom:)) I love that you used spinach and beef combo…sounds really fantastic!

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38 Sandra May 21, 2011 at 7:06 PM

This looks like it tooks lots of work. Glad you're able to find the ethnic ingredients to make all your fabulous dishes.

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39 Correen May 28, 2011 at 10:43 PM

You make this all sound so simple, which makes me want to try this Borek even more. Thanks for the encouragement and beautiful presentation.

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