Börek ‘cigars’ with cheese

Börek ‘cigars’ with cheese

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Makes
16
Photographer
Lisa Cohen and William Meppem

Cheese sigari or ‘cigars’ are nearly always offered as part of a mezze spread, and will often be served as a snack to eat with Turkish tea or ayran, a popular yoghurt drink. They are made with yufka pastry, which holds up well to deep-frying. Traditionally they are filled with fetta and flavoured with fresh dill or mint. I’ve used tarragon here, which adds a wonderful aniseed element that goes well with the goat’s cheese. Feel free to mix and match with your own choice of soft cheese and fresh herbs.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
200g soft goat’s cheese
1 small onion, grated
1/4 cup french tarragon, chopped
2 free-range eggs
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
1 sheet yufka pastry
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
vegetable oil, for deep-frying

Method

  1. Combine the cheese, onion, tarragon and one of the eggs in a bowl, then season with salt and pepper and mash thoroughly with a fork.
  2. Open out the sheet of yufka pastry so you have a large round on your work surface. Use a sharp knife to cut the pastry in half, then cut each half into eight equal skinny triangles. Stack them on top of each other and trim the curved edge straight. You should have a total of 16 triangles.
  3. Work with one triangle at a time, with the point facing away from you. Place a spoonful of filling at the base of the triangle and fold the corners in and over it. Roll the pastry and filling up like a cigar, moistening the end with a little water to help seal it. Repeat until all the pastry and filling have been used. Lightly beat the remaining egg with the extra-virgin olive oil and brush each rolled börek with a little of this egg wash.
  4. Heat the oil in a small saucepan or deep-fryer to 200ºC. Fry the börek a few at a time for 2–3 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon to drain on kitchen paper and keep warm while you fry the remaining börek.
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