Taste the World - Bosnia and Herzegovina - Burek

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 *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. 

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Burek

INGREDIENTS: 

  • 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

METHOD: 

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.

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4. Roll phyllo into a tube, encasing beef.

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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.

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

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