Baked Pastry Rolls with Pastrami / Fırında Paçanga Böreği

Paçanga Served 3This is one of my favourite boreks; Baked Pastry Rolls with Pastrami / Fırında Paçanga Böreği. Traditionally it is prepared fried. Know that I have tried and tested several times the baked version I hope to prepare it more often. It comes out so crispy and delicious it would be hard to decide whether it has been fried or baked actually.

The Turkish name of pastrami is pastırma it had been derived over the word bastırma which means pressed down. This takes us back to the times when Turks were not settled yet and were mostly on horses travelling around Asia to find the right place to settle. Meat which they need for energy and power was dried between their legs and the horse. Now pastrami is prepared in a similar way. If you want to prepare it at home you actually can. There are many video’s you can watch and learn. You don’t really have to understand the Turkish. All you need is patience and a lot of salt to cover. It takes about 6-8 weeks to obtain a good pastrami. It is similar to bacon. You can have pastrami as it is, or with eggs or in a baked pastry like Paçanga.

Start with preparing the stuffing. Chop all the ingredients to small and similar sizes and mix well.

Paçanga filling

Then open wide the yufka fold in the corners to obtain a rectangular shape. Spread with olive oil and butter. Then add the filling on the longer side as in the picture below. Curl until you reach the middle. The roll should be somewhat loose. Then cut diagonnally to three or four pieces. You are ready to soak now first into whisked eggs, then to fine bread crumbs.

Paçanga Yufka Flip Paçanga roll Paçanga Prep

Then line all the rolls into an oven sheet and cook in a preheated oven at 200 degrees Celcius, until crispy and brownish on all sides. It will take about 15-20 minutes. Serve warm, as it will be the best then.

Paçanga to cook Pacanga Boregi

 

I am pretty sure your guests and family will enjoy this delicious börek. Looking forward to read your comments.

Baked Pastry Rolls with Pastrami / Fırında Paçanga Böreği
Print Recipe
Similar to Chinese Dumplings, prepared with Turkish pastrami, vegetables and cheese.
Servings Prep Time
12-16 pieces 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12-16 pieces 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Baked Pastry Rolls with Pastrami / Fırında Paçanga Böreği
Print Recipe
Similar to Chinese Dumplings, prepared with Turkish pastrami, vegetables and cheese.
Servings Prep Time
12-16 pieces 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12-16 pieces 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Main ingredients
Stuffing ingredients
To soak up
Servings: pieces
Instructions
  1. For the spread mixture; melt the butter and mix with the 100 milliliters of vegetable oil. Set aside, this will be used on the phyllo sheets/yufka.
  2. For the stuffing; separate the pastrami one by one as they might have sticked to one another. Make sure you discard the chemen. Chemen is the coat of the pastrami made of cumin seeds, red pepper and garlic. It is better to discard as the chemen is extra spicy and smelly. Cut the pastrami to julienne slices.
  3. Peel and cut to small cubes the tomato and add to the pastrami.
  4. Wash, discard the seeds and then cut julienne the fresh red and green peppers. Add to pastrami.
  5. Grate the cheese on the coarse side and add. Add to pastrami. Mix all together gently and set aside.
  6. Open the yufka wide in a wide space. Grease generously with the spread mixture. Fold the corners inside and grease the folded sides too. You will have obtained a square shape. Then cut into half horizontally.
  7. On the longer side put ¼’th of the stuffing material in a line and roll as a large cigar. Then depending on the length cut diagonally to 3 or 4.
  8. Do the same with the other half.
  9. Do the same with the other yufka.
  10. Whisk the eggs in a rectangular bowl.
  11. Put the bread crumbs in a rectangular bowl.
  12. Soak each borek first into the egg mix and then to the bread crumbs.
  13. Use a non-stick oven liner; if not available grease the oven tray.
  14. Place all the borek pieces side by side, but not touching each other.
  15. Cook in a pre-heated oven at 200 degrees Celsius for about 20 minutes. All sides should be brownish and crispy.
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