Making "Cigarette Borek" from EmBoy on Vimeo. General name of this food is "Borek" (also depending on the nationality & language, it's called burek, byrek, boereg, pirog and some other variants on the name) is a type of baked or fried filled pastry, from Turkey, made of a thin flaky dough known as "yufka" (or phyllo dough). It can be filled with cheese, often feta cheese with some parsley leaves, kasar cheese, ground beef or vegetables.
A borek may be prepared in a large pan and cut in to portions after baking, or as individual pastries. The top of borek is often sprinkled with sesame seeds
Borek is popular in the countries composing the former Ottoman Empire such as former countries of Yugoslavia, where it enjoys a tremendous pop-culture base, in addition to the rest of the Balkans.
The pastry also enjoys considerable popularity in Magreb, namely Algeria and Tunisia, although it is known by different names there.
The Northern Slavic cuisines, historically living in close contact with the Turkish people of Asia and Europe, also feature derivatives of the Borek.
Borek is also popular in Israel, with the Turkish & Greek variants, that were brought there by the Balkan Jewish communities of the Ottoman Empire.
The best dough for borek "Yufka" is available in any Turkish delis of New York City. Also, Cigarette Borek" is one of the most popular appetizers in Turkish Restaurants. So, I would say that it's most likely available in any Turkish Restaurant in the world.
Step 1: Ingredients
2) Chilie Powder & Salt.
3) Canola oil or "corn oil" or "vegetable oil". (either one is fine)
4) Half pound of ground beef.
5) Half of peeled onion. (regular size)
6) Half pack of phyllo dough. Usually 28 layers come in the half of pack. (there are many brands are available in the NYC supermarkets. All of them are super thin and hard to wrap with. I definitely recommend Turkish "Yufka Dough"
Step 2: Chopping Onion
Step 3: Cooking Onion
2) Pour chopped onion in to the hot oil and turn the fire down to lower level.
3) Cook chopped onion stirring about 3 minutes.
Step 4: Add & Cook Ground Beef
2) Add half spoon (small ice cream spoon) of chili powder and a half spoon of salt in to the mixture.
3) Set the fire medium again and cook beef & onion together by mixing about 3 minutes.
Step 5: Ready Filling
2) Pour cooked mixture in to another bowl, dish, etc.
3) Leave it for 10 minutes to cool it down. (you can store it in the refrigerator to speed up the process)
Step 6: Make Phyllo Dough Ready.
2) Pick 3 layers of phyllo dough and fold them once to make it down to the half size. (We fold them, because they are too thin. Thickness makes our job easier)
3) You should have something like this.
Step 7: Apply Egg Yolks
Step 8: Get Ready to Wrap
Step 9: Apply Filling
2)Keep the beef mixture together, close to the edge of dough. Exactly like in the picture.
Step 10: Get Ready to Wrap
2) I have approx. 2" of space right and left side of mixture.
Step 11: Wrap It Up-1
2) Fold left part to the right about 2". Like in the picture.
3) Fold right part to the left about 2". Like in the picture.
Step 12: Wrap It Up-2
Step 13: Wrap It Up-3
Step 14: Wrap It Up-4
Step 15: Finish Wrapping
2) Now it's ready to cook.
3) So, go ahead and make as many as you want.
Step 16: Get Ready to Cook
Step 17: Preheat Oil
2) Set the fire high and heat up the oil about 2.5 minutes.
Step 18: Cook Your Boreks
2) Cook them on their side about 1.5 minute. Then flip them carefully and cook their other side about 1 minute. (second side cooks faster, because of your oil gets extremely hot)
3) About in 2.5 minutes from the beginning, they should look red and crispy.
Step 19: Start Enjoying Your Food
2) Now your Boreks are ready. Cool them down about 2 minutes and start enjoying.
("Afiyet Olsun" is very common Turkish expression which has been told before you start eating your food. It means "I wish this food gives you extra health and happiness")