Sambusaks (Cheese-Filled Pastries)

Recipe by Chef Kate
READY IN: 1hr 35mins




  • For the Pastry.
  • Combine butter, oil, and salt in a bowl.
  • Add 1/2 cup hot water and stir.
  • Gradually add 2 cups flour.
  • Turn dough onto a floured surface and work in remaining flour.
  • Knead until dough holds together; it will be soft.
  • Form into a ball, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • For the Filling.
  • Place feta, parmigiano-reggiano, eggs, baking powder, and pepper in a food processor and pulse until light and creamy.
  • For the Turnovers.
  • Preheat oven to 375°.
  • Divide dough into 20 balls.
  • On a floured surface, roll each ball into a round about 4'' in diameter.
  • Place a heaping tablespoons of filling in center of each round.
  • Brush edges with water, fold to enclose filling, then press edges with a fork to seal(Assembled sambusaks may be frozen.)
  • Place sambusaks on 2 lightly greased cookie sheets, then brush with egg wash.
  • Bake until golden, 30–35 minutes.