If you love Turkish food then you may have come across many different types of börek and fillings. This is one of my favourite types of börek, Sigara Böreği. It is traditionally made with yufka, a thin Turkish pastry, similar to filo pastry, which is rolled like a cigarette, filled with white cheese and parsley or dill.
This börek is often served as a hot meze, a starter, or enjoyed cold as a snack. When I make these I usually prepare a batch and put half into the freezer to enjoy whenever I fancy them as you can slow fry them from frozen.
Every Turkish family will have their own recipe when it comes to börek but if you keep it nice and simple then they are very easy and quick to make.
Traditionally, this type of börek is made with a Turkish soft white cheese but can be made with Feta or grated halloumi (Turkish Cypriots like to mix feta and halloumi together) all option taste amazing. Yufka is a little bit thicker than your usual filo pastry so if you can’t find yufka in your local Turkish shop or continental food shop you can use filo pastry, you may just find that filo pastry is a little crispier than Yulfka, but still tastes amazing.
Other filling suggestion are spinach and feta, minced lamb or beef with a spicy tomato sauce, onions and fresh or dried herbs or even cooked beef, chicken or lamb sausages, like a turkish style sausage roll.
What filling do you like best?
Don’f forget to check out some of my other Turkish Recipes that you can enjoy making at home.