Israeli Everything Bagel Cheese Borekas

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Who says everything bagel seasoning is just for bagels? Sprinkle it on these Israeli cheese borekas, and watch the pastries disappear! Bring them to parties, picnics, weekly practices and games, or serve them for breakfast or brunch on Mother’s Day.  Father’s Day too!

 

Who says everything bagel seasoning is just for bagels? Sprinkle it on these Israeli cheese borekas, and watch the pastries disappear! Bring them to parties, picnics, weekly practices and games, or serve them for breakfast or brunch on Mother's Day.  Father's Day too! 

Borekas, boreki, börek, burek or bourekas are savory and delicious hand pies that are popular across the Mediterranean and the Middle East. Fillings can vary but borekas stuffed with cheese and topped with homemade everything bagel seasoning is Israeli’s favorite pastime food.

 

Like with many foods of Mediterranean, we can thank Turkey and their Ottoman Empire for these pastries. The Ottomans, among other things, served to bring variety, freshness, color, and refinement to Mediterraneanean cuisine, which has been exported throughout the world. It is truly a celebration of the blending of peoples, ideas, and flavors, all subtly woven together in a savory tapestry, a delight for the eyes and a feast for the mouth.

 

WHAT IS BOREKA?

 

The boreka dough is traditionally made from scratch, but puff pastry is a convenient substitute that simplifies the process. And who doesn’t like simple recipes? For lower carb version use fillo pastry. Being ruled by the Ottomans for over 400 years, Bosnia and fillo have a long history together. Burek, as we call borekas, is the pastry stuffed with meat (and my favorite), however, with any other stuffing, it is called pita (pie).

 

I’ve never been to Israel, but that time I briefly entered my friend’s house (it also turned out to be the only time) I saw borekas neatly lined up in a wicker basket like fierce soldiers, only half-way covered with white linen. Although I haven’t been a fan of food during my childhood, I was intrigued by the triangle-shaped pastries. My curiosity didn’t faze my playmate as, I learned, this cheese pastry was a common food on their table.

 

triangle shaped pastries - Everything bagel cheese borekas from Israel

 

We left her house abruptly, hearing the return of her parents. They were strict and didn’t allow a gathering of the neighborhood kids in their house. They also always kept to themselves and were very private, for longest my off-base stereotype of Jewish people.

 

Little did I know, their cheese borekas taste just like our cheese pita but I eventually forgot all about how much I wanted to try them until I found this recipe in the An Oddysey of Food, My Journey Back to Israel book.  Shaya makes the dough from scratch and talks with the great sentiment about baking these with his grandma. I made a few changes to simplify it but the taste is still deliciously same.

 

Food is the ingredient that bonds us together. Borekas are easy to make with your kids or grandkids. Who knows, maybe one day they’ll write about it too. Try new foods and build delicious memories. For inspiration, check out this Taste the Globe interactive map.

 

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Israeli Everything Bagel Cheese Borekas Recipe

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These Israeli cheese borekas topped with everything bagel seasoning are perfect for parties, picnics, weekly practices and games, breakfast or brunch, and supper.

 

INGREDIENTS:
Makes 18 borekas

Cheese Borekas  

  • 2 sheets puff pastry
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg, beaten

Egg Wash

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons milk

Everything Bagel Seasoning

  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • ½ teaspoon dried onion flakes
  • ½ teaspoons dried garlic flakes

 

~ Free Tip ~

  • Substitute mozzarella with kashkaval or provolone cheese.
  • You can use fillo dough instead of puff pastry.

 

 

 

ESSENTIALS

for Everything Bagel Cheese Borekas


 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine feta, mozzarella, egg, and salt until well blended. Make sure to break up any large crumbles of feta with the fork.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, unfold puff pastry sheets. With rolling pin, roll out each sheet to a 12×12-inch square. Cut it into thirds lengthwise and crosswise to get 9  4-inch squares, for a total of 18 squares. Brush edges of each square lightly with water.
  4. Place one heaping tablespoon of cheese filling into the center of each square and fold the dough over the filling in half diagonally to form triangular pastries. Firmly pinch the edges together to seal. With the tines of a fork, crimp the edges well.
  5. Make the everything-bagel seasoning by combining sesame seeds, poppy seeds, dried onion and garlic flakes.
  6. In a small bowl, beat together the egg yolk and milk. Brush the tops of the borekas with egg wash and sprinkle with everything bagel seasoning.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the pastries are puffed and deeply golden, and the filling is cooked through. Serve warm or at room temperature.

 

creating bourekas with puff pastry and cheese

Everything bagel seasoning ingredients

Israeli Everything Bagel Cheese Borekas

 

5 from 2 votes
Recipe for delicious Israeli pastry stuffed with cheese - borekas or boreki
Israeli Everything Bagel Cheese Borekas
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 
These Israeli cheese borekas topped with everything bagel seasoning are perfect for parties, picnics, weekly practices and games, breakfast or brunch, and supper.
Course: Appetizer, Breakfast
Cuisine: Israeli
Servings: 18 borekas
Author: Jas
Ingredients
Cheese Borekas
  • 2 sheets puff pastry
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg beaten
Egg Wash
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons milk
Everything Bagel Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • ½ teaspoon dried onion flakes
  • ½ teaspoons dried garlic flakes
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine feta, mozzarella, egg, and salt until well blended. Make sure to break up any large crumbles of feta with the fork.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, unfold puff pastry sheets. With rolling pin, roll out each sheet to a 12x12-inch square. Cut it into thirds lengthwise and crosswise to get 9 4-inch squares, for a total of 18 squares. Brush edges of each square lightly with water.
  4. Place one heaping tablespoon of cheese filling into the center of each square and fold the dough over the filling in half diagonally to form triangular pastries. Firmly pinch the edges together to seal. With the tines of a fork, crimp the edges well.
  5. Make the everything-bagel seasoning by combining sesame seeds, poppy seeds, dried onion and garlic flakes.
  6. In a small bowl, beat together the egg yolk and milk. Brush the tops of the borekas with egg wash and sprinkle with everything bagel seasoning.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the pastries are puffed and deeply golden, and the filling is cooked through. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Recipe Notes

~ Free Tip ~

  • Substitute mozzarella with kashkaval or provolone cheese.
  • You can use fillo dough instead of puff pastry.

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15 Comment

  1. Reply
    Marissa | Squirrels of a Feather
    April 19, 2018 at 7:16 am

    Looks amazing and it’s filled with CHEESE??!! My most beloved of beloveds! Saving to try for breakfast one day, thanks Jas!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      April 20, 2018 at 10:44 am

      Haha, Marissa! I’m a big cheese lover myself! Thank you for stopping by!

  2. Reply
    Jhuls | The Not So Creative Cook
    April 20, 2018 at 9:54 am

    I love the ingredients in the everything bagel seasoning. It sounds silly, but never heard of the seasoning before. I know, I know! I love that these borekas are simply filled with cheese. I think it goes very well with the seasoning. These would be a huge hit at Fiesta Friday party, Jas! I hope you brought enough. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      April 20, 2018 at 1:45 pm

      It’s not silly, Jhuls. I love everything bagels, but never actually stopped to think if the topping is a seasoning you can make or buy, lol. Until now 😀

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    frugal hausfrau
    April 22, 2018 at 2:34 am

    I don’t often eat bagels, but do love that everything seasoning! I can only imagine how good that must be with the puff pastry and the cheese inside! A lovely addition to Fiesta Friday!!

    Mollie

    1. Reply
      Jas
      April 22, 2018 at 10:55 pm

      They’re quite tasty and addictive, Mollie. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  4. Reply
    Helen at the Lazy Gastronome
    April 22, 2018 at 8:30 am

    These look so tasty AND easy!! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner Party! Hope your week is great.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      April 22, 2018 at 10:57 pm

      Thank you, Helen. They really are 🙂

  5. Reply
    Miz Helen
    April 25, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    Congratulations!
    Your post is featured on our Top Ten This week at Full Plate Thursday and we are pinning it to our Features Board. Thanks so much for sharing with us and enjoy your new Red Plate.
    Miz Helen

    1. Reply
      Jas
      April 26, 2018 at 9:58 pm

      Nothing makes me happier, Miz Helen! Thank you so much. Hugs

  6. Reply
    Rhonda
    April 28, 2018 at 10:14 am

    My grandchildren and I would love the borekas. My daughter doesn’t like cheese, so not so much. She does loves everything bagels. They’re hard to find in our area, so I’m so glad you posted the ingredients. Thanks for sharing on Sunday’s Best.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      April 30, 2018 at 11:51 am

      Rhonda, the best part is that you can fill them with whatever you like. Even your daughter can enjoy them with her favorite filling 🙂

  7. Reply
    Sheila
    April 29, 2018 at 11:59 pm

    Dropping by to say thank you for sharing this. My friends were so impressed as it was really good. Can’t wait to do it again.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      April 30, 2018 at 11:59 am

      Yay, Sheila! You made my day! So happy you made it and that everyone liked it. No better testimonial than that 😀

  8. Reply
    Shaquail Watkins
    June 16, 2018 at 11:47 am

    Made these last Sunday but used cream cheese instead of mozzarella and they were great. Perfect for Sunday brunch.

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