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Sigara Boregi, a middle eastern cheese spring roll, on a newspaper covered plate, served with a bowl of yogurt.
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Sigara Boregi

Sigara Boregi is a fried Turkish spring roll, typically stuffed with feta cheese and deep fried until super crispy. In this recipe, we use mozzarella, feta, parsley and chives for the perfect balance of flavours! They are so easy to make and irresistible!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine middle eastern, turkish
Diet Vegetarian
Keyword Sigara Boregi
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 50 rolls
Calories 87kcal

Ingredients

For the filling

  • 350 grams feta cheese crumbled
  • 200 grams mozzarella cheese finely shredded
  • ½ cup parsley finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons chives finely chopped

Other

  • 50 spring rolls pastry sheets square shape
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Oil for frying

Instructions

  • If your pastry sheets are frozen, start by thawing them at room temperature for 1 hour. Do not remove them from their package until fully thawed.
  • For the filling, mix together the crumbled feta, shredded mozzarella, parsley and chives.
  • Mix together the flour and water using a spoon to create a thick paste which will be used as a glue.
  • Once you are ready to roll, open up the pastry sheets and take out a few at a time. Cover the rest with a towel to avoid them drying out.
  • Lay out the sheet to form a diamond shape. Place a tablespoon of the filling in the bottom centre.
  • Fold over the bottom tip, and roll once to ensure the filling is securely in.
  • Then fold over the two sides, ensuring you create at least a 1.5 inch fold on each side, which ensures that the cheese won't escape when frying.
  • Finally, roll forward, then secure using the flour and water paste like a glue.
  • Place the rolled borek to the side and continue rolling the others.
  • At this point, you can freeze them and fry later (from frozen - check blog post for freezer instructions), or you can fry right away.
  • To fry, heat the oil to approximately 375F. It's important that the oil is hot so that the outside pastry can fry quickly before the cheese has a chance to melt too much and ooze out.
  • Once the oil is hot, place the boregi inside using tongs and fry for 20-30 seconds on each side until golden.
  • Remove and place on paper towels to soak up excess oil.
  • Serve right away while the cheese is hot!

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Notes

  • You can use phyllo dough instead of spring roll pastry as well. I recommend using two layers of phyllo, cut into squares similar to the spring roll pastry size and follow the same directions. I prefer spring roll pastry because they are sturdier, easier to use and offer a nice crunch.
  • Ensure you secure the rolls well so the cheese doesn't ooze out while frying
  • Feel free to mix up the filling with whatever you like; you can add some spices, different types of cheese and different herbs.
  • These are so easy to fry from frozen. Simply ensure you line them up in one layer on a lined pan, place them in the freezer for a few hours. Once frozen, you can remove them from the pan and place them in a freezer bag to save space. Then simply fry from frozen!

Nutrition

Serving: -1g | Calories: 87kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 214mg | Potassium: 27mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 118IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 1mg