Recipe by Um Safia
Here is the second of my Algerian bourek recipes. I have also posted a Chicken & Preserved Lemon Bourek recipe. This cheese & potato bourek is another of my family favourites & there never seem to be enough! You can use phyllo dough instead of the spring roll sheets. You can also add a few finely chopped olives in place of the gherkins. If you're not familiar with making bourek, have a look at the NA*ME Fourms Bourek Demo: http://www.recipezaar.com/bb/viewtopic.zsp?t=310912
Top Review by Mama Marilyn
Um Safia... Mmmm! My daughter and her friends love it when I make a batch of Potato and Cheese Perogies after a three hour dance class! I thought they would thoroughly enjoy your Cheese & Potato Bourek! I was so correct!!! They devoured these amazing Algerian Spring Rolls! I served them with individual little ramekins of Sour Cream... They all said that they were perfectly magical! Thanks for a devine recipe!
- 20 -24 spring rolls, pastry sheets (approx 21cm x 21cm)
- 2 1⁄2-3 cups mashed potatoes
- 3⁄4-1 cup cheddar cheese, grated (mature or sharp)
- 1⁄2 medium brown onion, finely chopped
- 1 medium pickled gherkin, finely chopped
- 3 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon margarine or 1 tablespoon butter
- black pepper (freshly milled)
- flour, & water for the paste
Directions See How It's Made
- Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl, check for seasoning - adjust if required. Allow the mixed filling to cool if the mash is hot.
- Fill & roll your bourek as follows:.
- Lay 1 spring roll sheet on your work surface & place 2 generous teaspoonfulls of the filling onto the sheet. You need to place it in a line approx 1" up from the bottom of the sheet & the line of filling should have a fraction over 1" of spring roll sheet visable on both the left & right side.
- Next bring the left side of the sheet over the filling - it will overlap the filling by about an inch. Do the same with the right side.
- Take the bottom of the sheet in both hands & pull it up so that it covers the line of filling.
- With a pastry brush or the back of a teaspoon, brush a small amount of the flour paste along the edges of the sheet.
- Now start to roll the bourek, be careful to keep it tight & even. When you have rolled it up securely, you can brush a tiny amount of the paste along the seam so that the bourek stays closed whilst it is being fried.
- Repeat these steps with the remaining spring roll sheets.
- Now you can either freeze the bourek or fry them in a little oil. Cook over a medium heat in batches, in a large frying pan / skiller & fry until a deep golden colour on all sides - turning as required!