Sigara boregi is a Turkish cigar shaped savory pastry made with feta cheese and phyllo dough. This fried pastry is perfect with coffee or a glass of wine, but can be eaten as an appetizer or side dish. It's commonly found on a mezze (appetizer) platter.
- 1 package/8 ounces phyllo dough (thawed from frozen)
- 1 pound feta cheese
- 1/2 cup parsley (chopped fresh)
- 1 egg
- 1 cup olive oil (more or less as needed for frying)
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)
In a mixing bowl, stir together the feta cheese, egg, and parsley. Note that this is best done with a fork, mashing the feta cheese.
Add the oil to a large pot or deep skillet and heat it to 350 degrees F.
While the oil is heating, remove the phyllo dough from the refrigerator. Be sure to have a damp towel on hand to cover the phyllo you are not working with. Phyllo dough dries out quickly if left uncovered.
Take one sheet of phyllo and cut it into fourths. Each piece should be about 4 x 8 inches. Brush each piece with the melted butter. Place about 1 tablespoon of cheese mixture at the base of the dough strip and roll up. Seal by adding a little melted butter. Repeat with the remaining phyllo, butter and cheese mixture.
Fry in about 2 inches of oil for 2-4 minutes, or until golden brown. Use to a sieve to remove from the oil and drain on a paper towel. Serve immediately.