Böreks (Turkish Cheese and Herb Appetizer)

Vickie Parks


These savory stuffed pastries (filled with crumbled feta cheese and savory herbs) are baked to golden perfection and usually served as an appetizer. This is a variation of the most common way to prepare them in Turkey, which are called Su Boregi (water borek) in Turkey. Böreks originated in Turkey in the 15th or 16th century during the Ottoman Empire, and they're now a staple treat in many Middle East, Eastern Europe and Mediterranean cuisines. Sometimes, they're topped with sesame seeds.


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40 Min
20 Min


  • 6 oz
    feta cheese, crumbled
  • 2 Tbsp
    fresh chives, finely chopped (or dill can be ussed)
  • 2 Tbsp
    fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp
    black pepper (or to taste)
  • 6 Tbsp
    unsalted butter, melted
  • 8 sheet(s)
    phyllo pastry dough

How to Make Böreks (Turkish Cheese and Herb Appetizer)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Crumble the feta cheese, then mix feta with the chives (or dill), parsley, and pepper.
  3. Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Skim off any foam that accumulates.
  4. Cut the phyllo pastry sheets into 3-inch strips. Take one strip and cover the rest with a clean, damp cloth.
  5. Brush the first phyllo strip with melted butter, and place a teaspoon of feta/herb mixture on the bottom right corner of the phyllo sheet, about 1/4-inch from the edge.
  6. Pick up the bottom right corner of the phyllo sheet and fold it up and over the feta/herb mixture so the corner reaches the top edge of the phyllo sheet and forms a triangle. Keep folding the pastry over itself, being careful that the filling remains intact, until you reach the end of the phyllo sheet and have a triangle shaped pastry.
  7. Repeat steps #5 and #6, using remaining phyllo sheets and feta/herb mixture.
  8. Lay pastries on a baking sheet, and brush with remaining melted butter. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes, or until golden brown.

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About Böreks (Turkish Cheese and Herb Appetizer)

Course/Dish: Cheese Appetizers
Main Ingredient: Dairy
Regional Style: Middle Eastern
Dietary Needs: Low Sodium Low Carb

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