Recipe Detail Cheese-Filled Phyllo Pastry (Cigarro Burek)

Cheese-Filled Phyllo Pastry (Cigarro Burek)

6 oz Feta cheese, crumbled 4 oz Creamed cheese 1 Egg, beaten 2 tb Chopped fresh parsley 1 tb Chopped fresh dill, or 1 tsp -dried 8 Sheets packaged phyllo dough 1/2 c Butter Throughout the Middle East, bureks are made by folding buttered, cheese-filled phyllo dough into little triangular shapes. Cigarro bureks taste the same but, as the name implies, are rolled into cylindrical shapes resembling small cigars. Bureks, fr oz en unbaked, can go directly from the freezer into a preheated 375 F oven to make an instant hors d'oeuvre. Makes 40 Defrost the phyllo dough and return the remainder freezer. Butter a cookie sheet. Melt the butter and remove from the heat. Preheat the oven to 375F. Mix the feta and cream cheese
with the egg and herbs and set aside. Layout one sheet of phyllo dough on a counter. (Keep the remaining dough covered with a slightly damp towel to prevent its drying out.) Brush the sheet of dough with some melted butter. Cut it the short way into 5 strips, about 3x10 inches each. Place 1 1/2 teaspoons of the filling at one end of each strip. Roll the strips into cylinders about 1/2 inch in diameter. Continue until all of the dough has been cut, filled, and rolled. Arrange 2 to 3 cylinder per person on the cookie sheet and brush them with more butter. (Freeze the rest of the cylinders, unbaked, for use at another time.) Bake for about 10 minutes, or until the cylinders are well browned and very flaky. From MONDAY NIGHT AT NARSAI'S by Narsai M. David and Doris Muscatine. Simon & Schuster, 1987. HOWARD WITTENBERG, Prodigy ID# BCWX27A.


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