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Cigarro Burek (Cheese-filled Phyllo Pastry) (D)
Source: Unknown
Yield: 40

6 oz. crumbled feta cheese
4 oz. cream cheese
1 beaten egg
2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
1 tbsp. fresh chopped dill OR 1 tsp dried
8 slices phyllo dough
1/2 cup butter

Throughout the Middle East, bureks are made by folding buttered, cheese-filled phyllo dough into little triangular shapes. Cigarro bureks taste the same but, as the name implies, are rolled into cylindrical shapes resembling small cigars. Bureks, frozen unbaked, can go directly from the freezer into a preheated 375°F oven to make an instant hors d'oeuvre.

Defrost the phyllo dough and return the remainder to the freezer. Butter a cookie sheet. Melt the butter and remove from the heat.

Preheat the oven to 375°F.

Mix the feta and cream cheese with the egg and herbs and set aside.

Layout one sheet of phyllo dough on a counter. (Keep the remaining dough covered with a slightly damp towel to prevent its drying out.) Brush the sheet of dough with some melted butter.

Cut it the short way into 5 strips, about 3"x10" each. Place 1-1/2 teaspoons of the filling at one end of each strip. Roll the strips into cylinders about 1/2" in diameter. Continue until all of the dough has been cut, filled, and rolled.

Arrange 2 to 3 cylinder per person on the cookie sheet and brush them with more butter. (Freeze the rest of the cylinders, unbaked, for use at another time.) Bake for about 10 minutes, or until the cylinders are well browned and very flaky.

Posted by Nancy Berry

Nutritional Info Per Serving: 56 Calories (kcal); 5g Total Fat; (84% calories from fat); 1g Protein; 1g Carbohydrate; 18mg Cholesterol; 101mg Sodium