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Close-up of pieces on top of each others of ‘Boureki’ as a pita baked in a large pan with sesame seeds and then cut into smaller serving portions

Boureki

Boureki is a traditional Greek pastry that is loved by locals and visitors alike. Made with thin, flaky sheets of dough called filo, boureki is a delicious and versatile dish that can be enjoyed in both sweet and savory varieties.

One of the most popular types of boureki is the individual-sized serving called bourekaki. These are typically filled with a variety of delicious ingredients, such as spinach, feta cheese, or ground meat. They are then folded into triangular shapes and baked until golden brown and crispy.

Another common way to enjoy boureki is as a large pita that is baked in a large pan and then cut into smaller portions. These larger boureki can also be filled with a variety of ingredients, but they are often layered with potatoes, zucchini, and other vegetables.

No matter how it is prepared, boureki is always topped with sesame seeds before baking. This gives the pastry a delightful crunch and adds a subtle nutty flavor to the dish.

In addition to the savory varieties of boureki, there are also many sweet versions that are enjoyed as a dessert or a sweet snack. Bougatsa and galaktoboureko are two of the most popular sweet bourekia, and they are typically filled with a creamy custard filling and dusted with powdered sugar.

Boureki is a beloved dish throughout Greece, and there are many regional variations of the recipe. Some versions are made with phyllo dough that is rolled into a spiral shape, while others are made with a thicker, bread-like dough. Regardless of the recipe, boureki is always a delicious and satisfying treat that is perfect for any time of day.

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