Crispy Turkish Börek
The perfect Easter dish – this Turkish Börek is salty, crispy, savoury and oh-so-satisfying.
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This deliciously crispy spiral of pastry is the vegan main alternative to slow roast lamb in my Easter Feast menu, but don’t let that pigeonhole you as it’s delicious any time of the year and beloved by vegans and die hard carnivores alike. You can serve it with the accompaniments outlined in the feasting menu, or it can be delicious on its own with a simple side salad.
Filled with slow cooked butternut, gooey onions, pulses, nuts, herbs and spices, this little number is always a massive crowd pleaser. We use a smidge of good olive oil to layer our pastry together over the copious amounts of melted butter usually called for when working with phyllo and fill our börek with different textures of veggies in place of loads of cheese. Give it a try and you will see why hands down, this is one of my favourite meals to cook for a group of friends.
Börek freezes really well, so double the recipe and pop one uncooked in the freezer. Your future hungry self will thank you for being so organised!
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Frequently Asked Questions
Can I add cheese to this?
For the non-vegans (and vegans) out there, feel free to chuck in some dairy, or non-dairy, cheese and experiment with your flavours. Make sure to tag us on Instagram!
Can I use any other vegetables?
You can replace the butternut with carrot, pumpkin or orange sweet potato.
Can I swap out the dates?
Dates work really well here, but in a pinch dried apricots can be used,
What can I do with the remaining chickpeas?
Toss your remaining half tin of chickpeas in pil, salt and pepper and bake them alongside your borek until crisp for a crunchy snack.