Potato Cigarette Borek
(Patatesli Sigara Böreği)
5 sheets Phyllo Pastry
4 medium-size yellow potatoes, boiled, mashed
1 medium sized onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
2 tbsp butter
1/2 tsp red pepper, ground
1 egg yolk
1 tsp Nigella seeds
Saute the onion with butter. Add in the warm mashed potatoes and the rest of the filling ingredients, then mix.
Place two sheets on top of each other on the counter and position them vertically. Cut them in four strips from top to bottom. Put some filling on the bottom side of each sheet. Leave some space around all ends (picture). Then roll up each one, do not squeeze! Soak the open end in water and close it up. Fold the 5th pastry around. If you have more filling use a 6th sheet of pastry.
Place parchment paper on an oven tray and arrange the Borek with the folded side facing down. Brush the tops with egg yolk and sprinkle some Nigella seeds all over.
Preheat the oven to 400 F (200 C). Bake for 15-18 minutes until the tops take a golden colour.
Serve as an appetizer or as a supper treat with Turkish Tea.
This recipe is part of Festive Food Fair 2007 - check it out here!