Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 35 mins

Eggplant and Cheese pies. Turkish, traditionally made in the Jewish community in and around Istanbul. Slightly adapted from "The Book of Jewish Food" by Claudia Roden. The dough is initially cut into 2 pieces to make it more manageable than rolling out the whole thing. From each half, roll thin and cut out the smaller rounds, gather your scraps and roll again. The small filling is perfect for a 10-cm (4-inch) round folded in half. If you want to use the two halves to make a large (9-inch) double crusted pie, then add the extra egg as noted in the last step.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • For dough

  • 12 cup vegetable oil
  • 14 cup warm water
  • 12 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 egg yolk, mixed with 1 tsp water, for glazing
  • 3 tablespoons grated kashkaval (optional) or 3 tablespoons parmesan cheese (optional)
  • For filling

  • 1 lb eggplant
  • 4 ounces feta cheese
  • 1 cup grated kashkaval, gruyere or 1 cup parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper, as desired


  1. Beat the oil with the water and salt and add just enough flour to make a soft malleable, oily dough.
  2. Prick eggplants with a fork and turn under the broiler until they are soft inside.
  3. Put into a colander and peel eggplants. Smash the flesh of the eggplant in the colander to release juices, press to drain them.
  4. In a bowl, mix eggplant pulp with feta cheese and kashkaval, mix well.
  5. Salt and pepper as desired.
  6. Divide pastry into 2 balls, roll each one out thin and cut into 10-cm (4 inch) rounds. You will not need flour for rolling -- the dough does not stick.
  7. Top each round with 1 heaping tablespoon of filling, fold round over and crimp edges.
  8. Place pies on a baking sheet, brush with egg glaze mixture. Sprinkle with grated cheese if desired.
  9. Bake 350F for 35 minutes or until lightly browned.
  10. If desired, can make one large pie by rolling out 2 large crusts from dough. If doing so, add 2 beaten eggs to the filling.
Most Helpful

So yummy and so fun. This hit the spot for my family. We represent a few ethnicities in my family: Jewish, Hispanic, and Azerbaijani, and the flavors were quite familiar and appealing to us. I added some cilantro and parsley tothe filling, and I live this because this recipe provided a foundation for some interesting experimentation in the future.

RaqdaRican December 11, 2013

Willl prepare again for sure.<br/>I did not realize that I should have added only the necessary amont to get a soft dough and I added two full cups! I reapared it adding 2 tablespoon of greek yogurt. The dough came out perfect.<br/>The filling was delicious. I bought kashkaval cheese in a Turkish shop and next time I will use this again.<br/>I rolled my disks of dough really thin and I made 16 bourekitas of about 10 each.<br/>Thanks a lot for this recipe!

awalde November 30, 2013

Great Dough! It is a bit time consuming but the flavor is wonderful too!! They would be great dipped in a maranara or a white sauce of some sort. Or a sweet oil sauce? I dont think they are a meal in themselves, but a wonderful main dish. They could be served as horsdevors too! YAY!

beautifulrthefeet July 26, 2010