Taste the World - Bosnia and Herzegovina - Burek


 *Official name: Bosnia and Herzegovina *Motto: "Dare he tell me there's no Bosnia" *Capital: Sarajevo *Official Languages: Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian *Government: Federal parliamentary republic *Area: 19,741 sq mi  *Population: (2014 census) 3,871,643 *Currency: Convertible Mark (BAM) *Time Zone: CET *Drives on the: right *International code: BA (data from Wikipedia)


For Bosnia and Herzegovina, I made Burek. Burek is a light Pastey filled with meat and potatoes, and rolled up into a coil. It's shape is unique and fun, and the flavors are of classic comfort food. I made mine plain, but I think it would be great with a white cheese sauce, or brown gravy. 




  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon ground allspice
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 potato, finely chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 (16 ounce) package phyllo dough
  • 1/4 cup melted butter


1. Preheat an oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

2. Brown ground beef in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain fat; stir in allspice, paprika, salt, and pepper. Transfer beef to a large bowl and stir in potato and onion

3. Unroll phyllo pastry and transfer 2 sheets to a work surface; stack sheets. Spoon 1/8th of the ground beef mixture down one long edge of the phyllo pastry.


4. Roll phyllo into a tube, encasing beef.


5. Shape the tube into a coil (snail shape). Place the roll on an ungreased baking sheet; brush with melted butter. Repeat, placing finished rolls up against one another to keep them from unrolling.


6. Bake burek in the preheated oven until golden brown, 20 to 30 minutes.