Sigara Böreği – Cigarette Borek is one of the basic boreks often cooked and loved by everyone. Perhaps because of this; it is very difficult to take a photo of them. I have been able to take the above picture after missing many others, because I was busy eating the previous ones.
The recipe is quite straight forward. Filling is white/feta cheese and parsley. It is optional to add an egg and a pinch of black pepper. Not a must, but to make them look prettier, make sure to cut the yufka-phyllo sheets to equal sized slices. This way your cigarette boreks will be of similar sizes. If you are using the typical round phyllo sheets – yufka; first cut into half and then into half again and then to three pizza-like slices. This way you will obtain 12 slices from every yufka. When rolling to get the cigarette shape, the roll should not be either too loose or too tight. To make sure that the end doesn’t come loose while frying wet with water slightly.
The filling is traditionally white/feta cheese and parsley. However if you want to make a difference you can make this borek with potato and cheese or spinach and cheese or similar filling. Traditionally this borek is prepared with frying. However you can choose to prepare them baked. Just place them in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees Celcius, first brushing them with olive oil, until crispy and brownish on all sides.
Cigarette Borek is best when just cooked and warm and crispy. However it is still inviting when cold. Can be eaten any time of the day. Alone or accompanied by anything, best with a Turkish tea. Enjoy.