Sigara böreği takes its name from the shape of cigarettes.
Although I truly loathe cigarettes, I love cigarette rolled boreks! Addictive
is the right word to describe these little rolls. In Turkey
, they are usually served as
appetizers, for breakfast and as an afternoon snack with a hot Turkish tea. I
have tried making these numerous times using whole fat Turkish white cheese and
each time the cheese would leak during frying and ruin their appearance and
taste. I have tried rolling them differently, adding an egg white to keep the
cheese together but it kept leaking. Then I realized I was using cheese with
whole fat which was causing the leaking. Since I couldn’t find low fat Turkish
white cheese, I used low fat feta and for the first time I prepared rolls that
did have leaked cheese during frying. They were so good to look at I was
hesitant to eat them (no, not really) J
I do not normally
purchase anything low fat or diet so I had to make an exception for this. They
tasted incredibly good but I know that they taste even better with whole fat
You may substitute the filling with other types of cheeses,
minced meat, chicken, potatoes or even spinach. Enjoy hot right after you fry
them. They will be so crispy and delicious!
2 cups crumbled low fat white cheese (or feta)
1 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
1 package triangle pastry leaves (about 20 leaves)
4 cups sunflower or canola oil
Place the white cheese in a bowl and add the parsley. Mix
Place one triangle pastry leaf on the counter and brush the
edges with water.
Add a table spoon of cheese in the wide section of the
triangle pastry leaf.
Fold from both sides and start rolling.
Dip hands in
water when sealing.
Repeat the same process until all the triangle leaves are
Heat up the oil. Add a few of the rolls and start frying.
should take only a few minutes. As soon as the rolls start taking a golden
color remove and drain on paper towel. It is better to fry as little as
possible; that way they will fry faster.
Note: If you cannot
find triangle shaped pastry leaves available in Turkish or Middle Eastern
stores (ucgen yufka) and able to find regular Turkish yufka, you could cut the
large round piece of yufka into eight triangles. If you cannot find yufka, you
may substitute regular (thinner) phyllo dough for it.
Labels: Appetizers, Breakfast, Snacks