Balkan Feta-Cream Cheese Pie (Burek sa Sirom)
Burek sa sirom is a Balkan savory appetizer pie made with flaky filo dough and filled with feta and cream cheeses. It is a great vegetarian main course.
- Serves: 6 persons
- 1pound feta cheese , crumbled
- 8ounces cream cheese, softened
- 2large eggs, at room temperature, beaten
- 4tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- 2tablespoons chopped fresh dill
- 1(1-pound) package filo dough, thawed
- 4ounces (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, melted
- ½cup olive oil
Step 1Gather the ingredients.
Step 2In a large bowl, mix together feta cheese and cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add eggs, parsley, and dill, mixing well. Set aside.
Step 3Separate filo dough into two piles of 24 sheets. Cut filo dough sheets in half. You should have two piles of 48 leaves. Cover with parchment paper followed by a damp towel or plastic wrap so they don't dry out.
Step 4Heat oven to 375 F. In a small bowl, mix together melted butter and olive oil . Using a pastry brush, butter 6 (8-inch) round shallow pans.
Step 5Lay down 2 sheets of filo dough and brush with butter-oil mixture. Repeat with 2 more sheets of filo dough and butter-oil mixture. Spread 1/6 of the cheese mixture evenly on top and to the edges.
Step 6Lay down 2 sheets of filo dough on top of the cheese mixture and brush with butter-oil mixture. Repeat with 2 more sheets. Tuck edges of filo down sides of pan to create a rounded edge. Brush generously with butter-oil mixture.
Step 7Repeat for 5 remaining pies. Each pie will use 4 sheets on the bottom and 4 sheets on the top for a total of 8 sheets each.
Step 8Bake 20 to 30 minutes or until golden brown.
Step 9Serve warm or at room temperature. Note: Bureks can be assembled and frozen unbaked. When ready to serve, bake directly from the freezer, increasing baking time by at least 15 minutes.