Burek – Bosnia & Herzegovina [World Cup Food Challenge]

The Bosnia and Herzegovina Cuisine page on wikipedia is full of ideas of things to cook. I thought I’d try taking on the challenge of making burek. This is a flaky pastry filled with meat. Although traditionally it is rolled in a spiral, mine wasn’t but you’ll probably forgive me when you read below as I did try and make the entire thing from scratch.

I couldn’t find many detailed recipes, but I did come across this recipe for Croatian Burek, and thought I’d follow that. I researched fillings and they were pretty similar. We made the beef ones. So a few hours before we were eating it started with frying some beef mince, adding some spices and some partially cooked potato before setting it aside to cool, and to drain. I then made the pastry. I did this in the mixer and then as per the recipe, I placed it under oil for 30 minutes.

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I made the pastry as per the recipe and split it in to 4. The intention was that I would make 2 meat bureks. However, when it came to layering the pastry, that’s when my problems started…..

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Got a couple of holes in the first one….

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It was so thin, but with it being oiled, it was very pliable.

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I think this is where I must have misread, I thought I was supposed to fold the pastry in on itself, to then fold out later on and make layers.

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My last one was a good ‘un.

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Then it all went wrong! I put one of the earlier rolled layers back on to the pastry, but I couldn’t get it to unfold, it was just all stuck together and wouldn’t detach at all.

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Thank goodness for shop bought filo!

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As you can see from the top of this photo, there was a little too much pastry on the top layer, but the rest of it was actually pretty good.

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