I decided to step away from all the baking, and do a little cooking for a change. I've made bourek before, during Ramadan, however, this time I wanted to try a healthier version. The original version is fried, this kind is baked in the oven. The recipe called for some veggies, which I was hesitant to put in at first, however, after taking my first bite of these delicious pastries, I couldn't be more pleased with my decision.
Beef and Vegetable Bourek
Ingredients:1 pound of ground beef
2 tablespoons oil
1 very large onion
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 carrot (chopped into thin coins)
1 green(Italian or bell) pepper (sliced into rings)
half of a squash(chopped into small chunks)
1/2 cup of green peas
1 pack of Phyllo dough sheets
1 cup of olive oil (this is an approximate amount, you might need more)
1 egg + 1 cup of milk (to pour on top)
Directions:Put the ground beef in a pot. Wash, peel, and chop the onion. Add the chopped onion to the beef, add the spices and salt, and using your hands, thoroughly mix it into the beef (This is so the beef doesn't clump together while cooking).
Then add the oil to the pot and turn the stove on medium/high heat, cover the pot, and let the beef/onions cook.
Meanwhile, wash, peel, and chop/slice the vegetables. After about 10 minutes, the beef should be almost completely browned, so at that point, you will add the carrots. After 5 more minutes, add the peppers. After another 5 minutes, add the squash. And after another 5 minutes, add the peas. In about 5 more minutes, the onions should be cooked and the water dried out, so at that point you will crack an egg in the pot, stir everything together for a bit till the egg is cooked in, and then turn off the heat and set aside to cool.
To assemble the bourek, spread some of the olive oil on the bottom of a 11 x 15 inch baking pan. Divide the phyllo sheets into two piles. Layer one pile of phyllo sheets in the pan, sprinkling a generous amount of oil and patting down between each sheet. Spread the cooked ground beef on top of the first half of sheets. Repeat the same procedure with the second pile of phyllo sheets. Next, cut the phyllo into small squares (will make approximately 20 bourek squares). You can cut into whatever shapes you desire. Finally, beat one egg in a small bowl, and then add a cup of milk and stir together. Pour it over the bourek.
Bake in the oven at 350 degrees, for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown.