Poca (Cheese in Pastry)

Total Time
1hr 15mins
30 mins
45 mins

Back in the '70's, I was a member of a monthly dinner club among a group of graduate students at Illinois. Eating healthily wasn't a big priority back then and we had a ball with international dinners. (I have no idea how authentic we were!) This comes from our "Greco - Turkish" dinner. Can be made ahead and kept covered in the refrigerator. Bring to room temperature before brushing with milk and baking.

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  1. With a whisk or mixer, combine the egg, yogurt, olive oil and butter until well blended.
  2. Add the flour, salt and baking powder and stir to form a smooth dough.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  5. In another bowl, combine the cheese, salt, pepper, chives and parsley.
  6. Roll a piece of dough the size of a walnut into a smooth ball. Hollow out the middle and fill with 1/2 t of the cheese mixture. Seal the dough around the filling and form into a ball again. Continue until all the dough is used.
  7. Lightly butter a cookie sheet. Place the cheese balls on the pan. Brush each with milk.
  8. Bake in preheated 400 F oven for 20-25 minutes. Serve hot.