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Potato Saffron Bourekas are crispy, puffy pastry that surrounds a saffron and caramelized onion potato filling.  So delicious! 

potato saffron bourekas

POTATO SAFFRON BOUREKAS

These bourekas are redolent with roasted garlic and topped with caraways seeds to make them extra special for the holidays.

Bourekas are a delicious Middle Eastern version of a hand pie. These stuffed pastries are popular in Israel and throughout the Middle East.

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.

 

HOW TO FOLD YOUR POTATO SAFFRON BOUREKAS

  • On a smooth, lightly floured surface, unfold one of your puff pastry sheets
  • Use a rolling pin to roll out the sheet to a 12×12 inch square
  • Cut the sheet of puff pastry dough into 9 equal-sized squares, each about 4”x4” in size
  • Place a scant tablespoon of the filling in the center of each dough square
  • Fold the dough squares by grasping one corner and folding it over to the opposite corner to make triangles
  • Pinch firmly along the outer open edge of the triangles to seal
  • If you’re having trouble sealing the dough and getting it to stick together, wet your finger with a bit of water and run it around the edge of the square before folding
  • I like to crimp the edges with the tines of a fork to help keep them closed 

 

ingredients for potato saffron bourekas

 

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If you have them ready to go in your refrigerator, that is!  Both Caramelized Onions and Roasted Garlic  lend a fabulous deep flavor to anything you add them to.

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Both of these ingredients are my go-to cooking hacks that makes my creative cooking so much easier on a daily basis.  Once you learn how to make these golden brown gems and a few heads of roasted garlic, you’ll always want to have them tucked away.  Then you’ll have them ready to use in any recipe, or these Potato Saffron Bourekas!

CLICK HERE FOR THE RECIPES!  Caramelized Onions  and Roasted Garlic

YOU’LL FIND THE RECIPE FOR POTATO SAFFRON BOUREKAS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST

 

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MIDDLE EASTERN HANUKKAH CELEBRATION FEAST

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? 

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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?

  • Cheese and Broccoli Rabe Bourekas in phyllo
  • Potato Saffron Bourekas in puff pastry
  • Fried Halloumi (Israeli fried cheese appetizer)
  • No Yeast Cilantro Oil Flatbreads
  • Moroccan Zaalouk Dip (eggplant & tomato relish)
  • Turkish Muhammara Dip with Cilantro Oil(roasted red peppers, walnuts and pomegranate molasses)

 

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potato saffron bourekas

Potato Saffron Bourekas

Yield: 18 pieces
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Crispy, puffy pastry surrounds a saffron and caramelized onion potato filling that will transport you right to the Middle East. These bourekas are redolent with roasted garlic and topped with caraways seeds to make them extra special.

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • Large pinch saffron
  • 3 medium yukon gold or russet potatoes
  • 2 Tbsp. roasted garlic paste (link to recipe in post)
  • 2/3 cup caramelized onions, chopped (link to recipe in post)
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. fresh parley, chopped
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 sheets puff pastry, thawed per pkg. directions (leave in refrigerator until needed)
  • Caraway seeds

Instructions

  1. Peel potatoes, cut into 1 " pieces and cook in a medium pot until tender in salted boiling water. Drain water and leave potatoes in pot.
  2. While potatoes are cooking, add butter and saffron to a small pan, mix well, and heat over medium low heat until butter is melted. Reduce heat to low and cook for 3 more minutes. Let saffron steep in butter until needed.
  3. Partially mash potatoes, then add saffron butter, garlic paste, caramelized onions, S&P and parsley. Continue mashing until most of the lumps are gone.
  4. Let cool for 5 minutes, then beat one egg and stir into potato filling until completely combined.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. On a smooth, clean, lightly floured surface,
    unfold one of your puff pastry sheets. Use a rolling pin to roll out the sheet
    to a 12x12 inch square. If using homemade puff pastry, roll your dough out to
    the same size - a 12”x12” square. Cut the sheet of puff pastry dough into 9
    equal-sized squares, each about 4”x4” large.
  6. Place 1 scant tablespoon of the potato filling in the center of each dough square. Fold the dough squares by grasping one corner and folding it over to the opposite corner to make triangles. Pinch firmly along the outer open edge of the triangles to seal.
  7. If you're having trouble sealing the dough and getting it to stick together, wet your finger with a bit of water and run it around the edge of the square before folding-- this will help it stick together. You can also crimp the edges with the tines of a fork, if you wish.
  8. Spray your baking sheets with nonstick cooking spray or line with parchment paper. Place 9 bourekas on each sheet, evenly spaced, giving them some room to expand during baking.
  9. In a small bowl, whisk the 2nd egg in a small bowl. Use a pastry brush to brush a light layer of the egg wash onto the surface of each boureka. Sprinkle the bourekas with caraway seeds, if desired.
  10. Bake the bourekas for about 30 minutes, switching the baking sheets between the upper and lower racks halfway through cooking. Bake till golden brown and cooked through.
  11. Serve warm. Store in a sealed container or plastic zipper bag.
Nutrition Information
Yield 18 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 84Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 26mgSodium 111mgCarbohydrates 10gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 2g

Nutritional information should be considered an estimate only; please consult a registered dietician, nutritionist, or your physician for specific health-related questions. Please note that the recipe above is published using a recipe card plugin, with preexisting software which can auto-calculate metric measurements, as well as change the number of servings.

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