Burek sirom is a Balkan savory pie made with flaky filo (also spelled "phyllo") dough and, in this case, a combination of feta and cream cheeses.
It is popular among Bulgarians, Bosnians, Serbians, Croats, Turks and, of course, there are the famous triangle-shaped Greek spanakopitas.
There are myriad versions of burek some with cheese filling and some with meat filling. They can be round (as this one is) or coiled into horseshoe shapes or cigar shapes as well as those baked in a 13x9-inch pan like this one made with Jack and cottage cheeses.
A slice of burek goes great with a glass of cold kefir.
- 1 pound crumbled feta cheese
- 8 ounces softened cream cheese
- 2 large room-temperature beaten eggs
- 4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
- 1 (1-pound) package filo dough, thawed
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
- 1/2 cup good-quality olive oil
- In a large bowl, mix together cheeses until light and fluffy. Add eggs, parsley and dill, mixing well. Set aside.
- Separate filo dough into two piles of 24 sheets. Cut filo dough sheets in half. You should have two piles of 48 leaves. Cover with parchment paper followed by a damp towel or plastic wrap.
- Heat oven to 375 F. Mix together melted butter and olive oil. Using a pastry brush, butter 6 (8-inch) round shallow pans.
- Lay down 2 sheets of filo dough and brush with butter-oil mixture. Repeat with 2 more sheets of filo dough and butter-oil mixture. Spread 1/6 of the cheese mixture evenly on top and to the edges.
- Lay down 2 sheets of filo dough on top of the cheese mixture and brush with butter-oil mixture. Repeat with 2 more sheets. Tuck edges of filo down sides of pan to create a rounded edge. Brush generously with butter-oil mixture.
- Repeat for 5 remaining pies. Each pie will use 4 sheets on the bottom and 4 sheets on the top for a total of 8 sheets each.
- Bake 20 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm or at room temperature. Bureks can be assembled and frozen unbaked. When ready to serve, bake directly from the freezer, increasing baking time by at least 15 minutes.
Other Balkan Burek Varieties
- Meat Burek Recipe: This flaky meat pie can be made with all beef or a combination of beef, pork, and lamb.
- Spinach Pie Recipe: Known as Zeljanica in Serbian, this pie makes a great vegetarian dish but it isn't suitable for vegans because it contains dairy and eggs. Zeljanica can be compared to Greek Spinach Pie or Spanakopita.