One of the most irresistible vegetarian boreks is Spinach and Feta Borek. Crispy, crunchy, and spicy filled, this Turkish borek with cheese and spinach tastes amazing!
Delicious savory pastries are layered with buttery phyllo, salty feta, mozzarella cheese, and fresh spinach baked to perfection and sprinkled with sesame and nigella seeds. It makes the perfect breakfast or dinner!
Flaky Spinach and Feta Borek
What is Borek?
Börek is a type of tasty Turkish pastry made of thin layers of phyllo dough. This crispy pastry has numerous spelling variations, including Borek, Byrek, or Burek.
Borek, the staple of Turkish cuisine, has a crunchy and flaky texture you will admire. Turkish people prefer to eat Borek pastry at breakfasts; however, it is a perfect snack during a hard working day too.
When making this Börek Feta recipe, you can make your own Borek version! Make your own preferable filling using ground beef, ground chicken, ground lamb, or other vegetables such as peas, or Swiss chard.
A Borek To Steal Your Heart!
Best Ways to Serve Spinach and Feta Borek
If you serve Spinach Börek for breakfast, then I advise you to serve it with a hot cup of tea!
You can also serve this unique traditional Turkish Borek with cheese and spinach with Ayran, a Middle-Eastern yogurt drink.
Spinach Borek Feta pastry also goes well with Refreshing Pomegranate Salad, a hearty side dish salad!
Look at The Rustic Golden Color!
Tips and Tricks
- Cover the phyllo dough sheets with a damp tea towel so they don't dry out.
- You can replace the cheese filling with ground beef or ground lamb filling.
- You can use frozen spinach for the filling if you prefer.
- To make this Turkish spinach pie, you can use a round, rectangular, or square baking dish.
- You can only use ground mozzarella cheese only if you don't like feta.
- Feel free to use any other kind of veggies to make this pastry. You can use kale or Swiss chard instead of spinach leaves.
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Frequently Asked Questions
You can store cooked Borek in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Store in the freezer for about two weeks.
Yes, for sure! Borek pastry freezes well for up to 2 months. You can also make the spinach filo spiral and freeze it before cooking.
You can reheat spinach burek in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F for 10-15 minutes. You can also reheat in an air fryer at 400 degrees F for 5-8 minutes.
Spinach and Feta Borek Ingredients
Making this Turkish Borek recipe is easier than you think. To make Börek Feta recipe, you will need the following ingredients:
Sheets phyllo dough: In this recipe, the main ingredient is phyllo dough sheets.
Baby spinach: Another essential ingredient that is required to make this recipe is fresh baby spinach. You can also use frozen spinach in this recipe if you don't have fresh spinach on hand.
Feta cheese: For this recipe, add feta cheese to make the spinach cheese filling.
Shredded mozzarella cheese: You will also need to add shredded mozzarella cheese for the cheese filling.
Salt: Add salt to the spinach cheese filling according to taste.
Egg: You will need to add eggs to the milk mixture. The egg adds crispness to the crust. Eggs should be sitting at room temperature.
Milk: To make the milk mixture, add the right amount of milk. It should be at room temperature.
Butter: You will need melted butter to make the milk mixture.
Nigella seeds: You will need to add Nigella seeds when making the spinach cheese filling. Also, you have to garnish your Borek pastry before baking it in the oven with these seeds that give it an aromatic flavor.
Sesame seeds: Garnish your spinach Borek spiral with sesame seeds before baking it in the oven. Sesame seeds add a delectable Middle Eastern flavor to this pastry.
Impress Everyone With this Spinach and Feta Borek!
How to Make Cheese and Spinach Filling
First, add hot water to a large pot, add spinach, and let it cook for 2-3 minutes on medium heat. Then, strain the cooked spinach and squeeze the excess water, and set them aside.
Now, in a bowl, mix feta cheese, shredded mozzarella cheese, cooked spinach, nigella Seeds, and salt.
How to Make Milk Mixture
To make the milk mixture, add an egg, milk, and butter to a bowl and mix well until combined.
How to Assemble Spinach and Feta Borek
First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8-inch baking dish or a cast iron skillet.
Second, place two layers of phyllo sheets on a flat surface. Brush it generously with the milk mixture.
Now, add about a half cup of cheese filling to the phyllo sheet, leaving 2-inch behind. Fold the edges over the filling and roll it into a log. Then, carefully roll from the edges inward to form a spiral shape.
After that, place the spiral in the prepared baking dish. Also, form another log and attach it to the end of the first spiral. Keep repeating until you have a big spiral formed.
Next, pour the rest of the milk mixture on the Borek, and sprinkle with sesame seeds and nigella seeds.
Later on, bake in the oven for about 35-40 minutes or until the Borek is golden brown and crispy. Broil if needed.
Last but not least, let it cool for about 15 Minutes then cut it into slices.
Finally, serve it with a cup of black tea and enjoy!
Enjoy Your Time With This Crispy Pastry!
Other Delicious Middle Eastern Recipes To Try
- Cheese Manakish
- Pressure Cooker Whole Chicken | Instant Pot Whole Chicken And Rice
- Dajaj Mahshi (Rice-Stuffed Chicken)
- Unique Stuffed Dumplings: Kubba Halab
- Kurdish Kubba Hamuth -Iraqi Kubba Soup
- Vegetarian Stuffed Grape Leaves Recipe (Dolma)
- Hearty Fava Bean Stew
- The Best Eggplant Kabob
- Fasolia with Meat | Middle Eastern White Bean Stew
- Chicken Molokhia Soup (Frozen Mulukhiyah)
- Sheikh El Mahshi (Middle Eastern Meat-Stuffed Eggplant)
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- 10-14 Sheets Phyllo Dough
Spinach Cheese Filling
- 10 oz. baby spinach
- ¾ cup feta cheese
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 teaspoon Nigella seeds optional
- salt to taste
- 1 egg
- ¾ cup milk
- ¼ cup butter melted
- Sesame Seeds and Nigella Seeds for garnish (optional)
Cheese and Spinach Filling
- In a bowl, mix feta cheese, shredded mozzarella cheese, cooked spinach, Nigella Seeds, and salt.
- Add the egg, milk, and butter to a bowl and mix until combined.
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8-inch baking dish or a cast iron skillet.
- Place two layers of phyllo sheets on a flat surface. Brush it generously with the milk mixture.
- Add about a half cup of cheese filling to the phyllo sheet, leaving 2-inch behind. Fold the edges over the filling and roll it into a log. Then, carefully roll from the edges inward to form a spiral shape.
- Place the spiral in the prepared baking dish. Form another log and attach it to the end of the first spiral. Keep repeating until you have a big spiral formed.
- Pour the rest of the milk mixture on the borek. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and nigella seeds.
- Bake in the oven for about 35-40 minutes or until the borek is golden brown and crispy. Broil if needed.
- Let it cool for about 15 minutes then cut it into slices.
- Serve it with a cup of black tea and enjoy.
- Cover phyllo dough sheets with a damp tea towel so it doesn't dry out.
- You can replace cheese filling with ground beef or ground lamb filling.
- You can use frozen spinach for the filling if you prefer.
- Storing the borek: You can store cooked borek in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Store in the freezer for about two weeks.
- Reheating in the oven: Reheat in the Preheated oven at 350 degrees F for 10-15 minutes.
- Reheating in the air fryer: Reheat at 400 degrees F for 5-8 minutes.