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What are borekitas?

The word boureka (or borekita) is a Judeo-Spanish loanword from the Turkish börek. In Judeo-Spanish boreka originally referred to empanada style pastries, while the traditional Ottoman börek were called bulema.

Where is bourekas from?

Bourekas originated in Asia as a deep-fried filled dumpling known as a burga. When the Turks of central Asia moved to what is now the country of Turkey, they brought their stuffed burga dumplings with them. Over time, the dumpling evolved into a variety of stuffed, layered pastries known as börek.

Do bourekas have to be refrigerated?

Pizza Bourekas are flaky little pockets of cheesy pizza goodness. These pizza pockets should be served immediately. They can be refrigerated and reheated a few days later, but they will not retain crispness.

How do you eat bourekas?

Try serving this boureka with a side of grated tomatoes mixed with chopped jalapeno, cilantro, minced garlic and salt. Or with a simple tahini sauce (1/3 cup each lemon juice and water, 1/2 cup tahini and a little salt), hard boiled eggs and cucumber pickles.

How many calories are in a Boureka?

Nutritional Values

Per Serving 100g
Calories 643.2 402
Total fats (g) 42.2 26.4
of which:
Saturated Fatty Acids (g) 19.6 12.3

How long do bourekas last?

Frozen Bourekas will last in your freezer for at least 2 months. We do not recommend that you leave your baked Bourekas outside for more than a day unless you live in an area with cool temperatures.

Is drinking alcohol allowed in Israel?

We recognize that the minimum drinking age in Israel is 18, and that participants are, therefore, of legal age to consume alcohol while in Israel. To ensure the integrity of the educational experience and group cohesion, drinking is never acceptable during program hours, including on the flights and the bus.

What can I substitute for kashkaval cheese?

If you can’t find kashkaval, substitute a similarly mild, semi-firm cheese such as Greek kasseri, provolone, muenster, or low-moisture mozzarella. You can also make this recipe using store-bought puff pastry—simply cut the dough into squares to form triangles and bake according to the package instructions.

What should you not wear in Israel?

For those travelers who plan to visit religious sites such as churches, mosques, and the Western Wall, it is advisable to avoid short skirts, short shorts, and sleeveless shirts. Women cover their shoulders, knees, and chest when visiting these sites.

Is it cheap to visit Israel?

In general, Israel is a surprisingly expensive country, particularly when compared to its nearby neighbors. Food is quite expensive so cooking whenever possible is your best option. Hotels are also very expensive. It’s really hard to find budget accommodation but there are hostels throughout the country.

Where are Bourekas from in the Middle East?

Bourekas are delicious Middle Eastern hand pies. These baked, stuffed pastries are popular in Israel and throughout the Middle East. Different versions of this turnover pastry exist all over the world—knishes, calzones, samosas, bridies, and strudel are all regional variations on the same concept.

Where can I get burekas in Tel Aviv?

A few places, like Burekas Penzo in Tel Aviv (near Levinsky Street), which has been making the pastries by hand in the Turkish style for more than thirty years, produce a close second to those I remember from my days in Jerusalem. Various Ladino names like bulemas and boyos differentiate fillings and distinguish a Jewish bureka from a Turkish one.

What kind of dough do you use for burekas?

Most of the dough is commercially produced puff pastry, much thicker and less flaky than the homemade phyllo used to be.

How long does it take to make a boureka?

Traditionally making bourekas was a very time-consuming process, taking many hours on end until the bourekas were finished.