Bourekas are a delicious Middle Eastern version of a hand pie. These stuffed pastries are popular in Israel and throughout the Middle East. And my Cheese and Broccoli Rabe Bourekas are one of my favorite flavor combinations!
Through a complicated history originating in central Asia with the Turks, and ending with the Sephardic Jews, bourekas were born. They’re really a meshing of an empanada and a layered pastry known as a börek. Hence the merging of their names, börek + empanada = boureka. Cool, huh?
They’re usually made with either puff pastry or phyllo dough, and make fabulous appetizers or a side dish with soup. Bourekas are also fabulous holiday hostess helpers. They freeze well, which means you can make them ahead and pop them in the oven when guests arrive.
You’ll want to use a lovely Israeli Kashkaval cheese in these Cheese and Broccoli Rabe Bourekas if you can find it. I special ordered mine from Amazon because I live in the boonies. It’s really creamy and has a slightly sweet tang that’s perfect for my Cheese and Broccoli Rabe Bourekas.
But because I like to tone down the sharpness of the kashkaval, you’ll add some ricotta cheese too. It also helps give the whole filling a creamier texture overall.
Don’t buy the pre-crumbled variety of kashkaval — a block is better, and it’s easy to crumble yourself. If you can’t find kashkaval cheese, substitute feta cheese. They’ll still be just as fabulous!
YOU’LL FIND THE RECIPE FOR CHEESE & BROCCOLI RABE BOUREKAS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST.
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They’re kind of like a Jewish version of an Advent calendar used for Christmas.
I’ve created two different designs, one with menorahs lit with the night’s number of candles, and the other using numbers.
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If you’re like me, I enjoy “mixing it up” a little during Hanukkah week. Why not serve a Middle Eastern Hanukkah Celebration Feast for one of your nightly celebratory meals?
This delicious menu features 6 different Middle Eastern treats that combine to make a fabulous Hanukkah buffet.
And what will be on the menu for your Middle Eastern Feast?
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Since we celebrate Hanukkah eight nights in a row, that’s a lot of meals to plan ahead of time! And you definitely don’t want to get bored of the food during such a fun and festive holiday, right?
So do yourself a favor and plan trying some fabulous Middle Eastern fare during the long anticipated week of Hanukkah!
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