Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Sigara Borek - A Turkish Recipe

Sigara borek

This recipe is entirely thanks to my dad, who reconstructed it from some sigara borek he'd eaten, and taught us to make them, in his kitchen in Turkey. The hands in the photos (below) are also his. I really want to make these again now we're home.

We also tried making a few with jam, as we had some spare wrappers, but I don't really recommend that - the jam leaked out all over the pan, and was too sweet for anyone except Andy!

Sigara Borek Recipe
Serves 4

1 green pointed pepper
1 white onion
1tbsp olive oil
2in cube white cheese
a handful of fresh herbs (we used dill and flat-leaf parsley)
3 yufka sheets
Extra olive oil for frying.

  1. Chop the onion and pepper as finely as possible, adn sautee in a little olive oil until soft. Set aside to cool.
  2. Chop the herbs, grate the cheese, and add to the cooled onion/pepper mixture.
  3. Cut each yufka sheet into eighths, radially. Spoon a little of the filling mixture onto the wide end of each triangle.
  4. Fold in the corners and roll up to make a 'cigar' shape. Moisten the end of the triangle with a little water or oil to seal.
  5. Heat a little olive oil in a pan, and fry the borek in batches, turning occasionally until golden-brown. Eat immediately.
Notes on ingredients:

* The borek wrappers are properly known as yufka, a kind of very thin bread/pastry sheet made from flour and water. This may be hard to get outside of Turkey, but you could use filo pastry as a substitute (and the result will probably be a little more crispy). Yufka comes in large, circular sheets so you'll need to experiment with the size of your triangles if you're using something else.

* Turkish white cheese comes in a variety of forms with no obvious names (at least, at the market). The type we used tasted a bit like feta, but had a firmer constituency and grated more neatly than feta would.

Sigara borek

Sigara borek

Sigara borek

Sigara borek


Mademoiselle Poirot said...

Makes me hungry - I really like Turkish food with all the herbs and I also like the sweets...mmm ;-) xo

Jeanne said...

Your dad is Turkish?

Stay on task, Jeanne.

Sorry--these look great!

Slamdunk said...

Looks wonderful. I have never eaten Turkish food before.

BECKY said...

I've never had any Turkish food, either, but these look and sound yummy! Thanks for sharing, Rachel!

Anonymous said...

Looks gorgeous - and thank you for that smoky paprika vegetable dish a few weeks back. I've used and adapted it frequently!

Mama Hen said...

This looks delicious! I am going to have to try this. I hope you are doing well. Have a great night!

Mama Hen

Charlotte said...

Oh, these look good. Soooo very good :)

Jenn Erickson said...

Oh Rachel, these look so delicious! I loved the food when I traveled to Turkey many years ago, and it will be great to bring that flavor home for my family with your recipe!

Thank you so much for being a part of "A Little Birdie Told Me..." Tuesday at Rook No. 17! I can't wait to see what you'll bring to the share-nest tomorrow!

Happy New Year!

Christy said...

ooh these look really delicious. is the wrapper similar to brick? i have never been to turkey, but it is on my list. i feel a bit like i can travel to all these wonderful spots through your writing...thanks for the virtual vacation :) Happy New Year!

Ozlem's Turkish Table said...

these boreks look lovely Rachel, eline saglik, as we say in Turkish - thanks to your hands who made it : )

Anonymous said...

My maiden name is Borek,which is neat, of Polish & Danish decent. I will be making these but with Filo dough as I can not find Yuka sheets in my area. I watched a YouTube video of a Turkish woman making these and she served them with tea and Turkish Delights. It looked fantastic.

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