Recipe for delicious Israeli pastry stuffed with cheese - borekas or boreki

Israeli Everything Bagel Cheese Borekas

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
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 18 borekas
Author Jas


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


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Make the everything-bagel seasoning by combining sesame seeds, poppy seeds, dried onion and garlic flakes.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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