I want to share Turkish Spinach Börek recipe with you. Spinach Borek is a baked dish which is made with pastry sheets combined with spinach ,eggs and onion. This is a wonderful pastry and it is quite simple to make yet it looks quite impressive!
You can also change the recipe to make it with different ingredients ( such as with potato, cheese, meat,vegetables practically whatever you like) but below I will be showing you the spinach version. My daughter especially loves borek stuffed with potatoes yum!
A bit of background – The borek made from Turkish Yufka which is very popular for endless of varieties of delicious recipes. Same call is phyllo dough, some call it puff pastry but there are the differences between phyllo dough, puff pastry and the original Turkish Yufka. There are thicker and thinner sheets of dough. Turkish Yufka is a bit thicker than phyllo dough and Turkish Yufka is hand rolled sheets of dough. Individual sheets rolled out thin by hand and then cooked lightly.
In Turkey , many people choose to make their own yufka sheets those who live in rural areas. But city people often choose to buy the yufka sheets from their local yufka shop or bakery, supermarkets. You can buy vacuum-packed the yufka in most supermarkets in Turkey. You can also freeze the yufka for up to 3 weeks.
Here is the recipe!
4 phyllo sheets (or better if you can find Turkish Yufka Sheets)
1 big onion, peeledand diced
500gr. Spinach, washed and roughly cut
1 tbsp red pepper flakes
2 tbsp olive oil and 1 tbsp butter
TO MAKE FILLING: Heat the olive oil in large frying pan over medium heat and add the onion in it. Fry the onion in the olive oil and butter until a pale golden colour,add a pinch of salt and turn off the heat. Add the egg and combine with the fried onion. Add the spinach in this mixed onion and mix them, then set aside it.
-FOR MILK MIXING-
1 cup whole milk
2 tbs olive oil
The milk, egg and oil put in a bowl and beat them until well combine then set aside it.
Heat the oven to 120 degrees C.
1- Put the first sheet of phyllo in your baking pan and brush it the mixed milk. 2- Keep going with the second sheets and brushing all over with the mixed milk. 3- Place the spinach on the sheet and repeat process with the two sheets.
4- Pour the remain mixed milk over the baking pan and bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes.
Fried the onion in the olive oil and butter, add a pinch of salt.
Add the egg.
Add the spinach.
Place 1 sheet of fill in prepared baking pan and brush with mixed milk, lay another the sheet and spread spinach and egg mixture into the baking pan.
Place another the sheet of fill, brush with the mixed milk, fold overhanging remaining sheet into the baking pan to seal filling.
Bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.