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Spinach & Feta Börek

50 min

Main

Snack

Appetizer

10 ingredients or less

Freezer-friendly

Börek or burek are pastries found in the Balkans, Middle East and Central Asia. The pastry is made of a thin flaky dough with a variety of fillings, such as cheese, spinach, or potatoes. We made our vegan version with tofu and spinach, but also added some vegan feta cheese for extra flavour and creaminess. It is flaky, crispy, soft and buttery on the inside. A delicious lunch or even a snack in between.

Servings

Total

50 min

Prep

20 min

Cook

30 min

Contains

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soy

Gluten symbol

gluten

Free from

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peanut

Treenut symbol

tree nut

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sesame

Ingredients

Filling

  • ½ Tbsp (7 mL)
    vegetable oil
  • 12 oz (350 g)
    firm tofu, crumbled
  • 2 Tbsp (9 g)
  • ¾ tsp
    salt, plus more to taste
  • 4 cups (450 g)
    frozen spinach
  • 2 Tbsp (14 g)
  • ¼ cup (60 mL)
    water

Assembly

  • 8
    square (20 cm) sheets of filo pastry
  • 2 Tbsp (28 g)
    unsalted vegan butter, melted
  • 3.9 oz (110 g)
    vegan feta, crumbled

Make your own

Directions

  1. Add the oil to a sauté pan on medium-high heat. When hot, add the crumbled tofu, Greek seasoning, and salt. Cook until lightly golden, about 5 - 8 minutes. Stir often.
  2. Add the frozen spinach and cook for 8 - 10 minutes, or until the spinach has thawed and much of the excess moisture has evaporated.
  3. Whisk the chickpea flour and water together in a small bowl until there are no lumps left.
  4. Add the chickpea flour mixture to the spinach and stir it in. Cook for 1 minute. Set aside to cool off slightly.
  5. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 390°F (200°C)*.
  6. Working with one sheet at a time, lightly coat one side of the filo sheet with a bit of the melted butter**.
  7. Scoop up about ⅓ cup of the tofu-spinach mixture. Arrange it in a line along the bottom edge of the filo sheet, then crumble some feta on top.
  8. Gently start rolling the filo sheet to encase the filling.
  9. Place the rolled filo sheets onto the baking tray, shaping it into a spiral. Don't worry if any cracks form. Continue until you've used up all the sheets and the filling.
  10. Lightly brush the top with butter and bake on the centre rack of the oven for 20 - 28 minutes, or until golden on top. Enjoy!

Notes

  • * We used top and bottom heating (not fan-assisted/convection).
  • ** Cover the remaining filo sheets with a damp towel to prevent them from drying out.

Storage

  • Börek is best enjoyed fresh out of the oven for optimal crispiness of the pastry.
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days, or in the freezer for up to 1 month. Simply reheat in the oven when ready to enjoy to crisp it back up.

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Plate method

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Grains & Starches 38%

square (20 cm) sheet of filo pastry

Proteins 17%

firm tofu

chickpea flour

Fruits & Veggies 45%

frozen spinach

Calcium

firm tofu

Fat

vegetable oil

unsalted vegan butter

vegan feta

Nutrition info

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Samantha - June 15, 2024, 12:52 p.m.

Really yummy. I got frozen filo which was a mistake, after making this I realised that it comes as a fridge option so will go with that next time to avoid having to defrost the pastry. Nonetheless, this was amazing! Will definitely be making this many more times


Ekaterina Reznikova - June 1, 2024, 2:49 a.m.

I have made this for two special occasion meals with non-vegans or vegetarians present. Never mentioned to them that there is tofu inside. Only crumbs were left on the plate.


Nazli - May 1, 2024, 1:08 a.m.

Delicious!! I had big sheets of dough on hand, so I stacked the sheets instead of rolling.

PUL Team - May 1, 2024, 1:31 a.m.

Ooo thanks for the tip, Nazli!


Anisha McClure - April 29, 2024, 1:07 a.m.

Delicious and actually super easy from start to finish. I hate working with phyllo but this was really forgiving even though my phyllo was super cracked. I didn’t have the stuff for Greek seasoning so used some Za’atar instead and it was delicious!!!

PUL Team - April 30, 2024, 7:27 p.m.

Yayy so glad that you enjoyed the recipe, Anisha!


Ericka - April 15, 2024, 2:41 a.m.

Delicious


Emma Granger - April 13, 2024, 8:16 p.m.

It was delicious, everyone loved it!
I used twice the amount of filo sheet (I layered two sheets on top of each other for each rolls so that it was easier to roll and wouldn't crack, also because I had lots of sheet in my packets). Thanks for the recipe as usual!

PUL Team - April 14, 2024, 1:08 a.m.

Ooo thanks for sharing your experience with the börek, Emma!


Krupa Parikh - April 1, 2024, 1:23 a.m.

Relatively easy recipe and looks beautiful


Genesis H - April 1, 2024, 1:03 a.m.

My fillo sheets were a bit bigger than the recipe called for, but they worked just fine. Really yummy!


Katlyn - March 28, 2024, 5:21 p.m.

It was amazing!
It came out perfect, and it was really easy to make. We ended up eating it with some plant-based tzatziki and my mother loved it, too. She asked for the recipe, so we will definiately make it again!

PUL Team - March 29, 2024, 11:03 p.m.

Yayy so happy to hear you enjoyed it, Katlyn!


Mattie - March 24, 2024, 4:46 p.m.

This was delicious! Ended up a little too salty, because I didn’t realize the Greek seasoning I was using included salt so will adjust next time, but will for sure make it again!

PUL Team - March 24, 2024, 8:29 p.m.

So glad you enjoyed the Börek, Mattie! Thanks for sharing your experience with it 🫶


Lotte - March 20, 2024, 7:33 p.m.

Yummy! We would serve it with rice and a salad next time but it was very nice!

PUL Team - March 20, 2024, 11:31 p.m.

A lovely idea to pair it with salad, Lotte!


Csenge Berta-Jenei - March 19, 2024, 4:39 p.m.

It was so delicious with chili sauce!


Sweetboba - March 17, 2024, 11:14 p.m.

very yummy and easy to make, not sure if it was on the salty side because of the feta cheese.


Michelle Roy - March 17, 2024, 2:24 p.m.

This was delicious and so fun to make! My boyfriend loved it as well!


Amélie Labrie - March 15, 2024, 12:38 p.m.

So so good


alice - March 13, 2024, 10:36 a.m.

Délicieux! Merci Pick Up Limes!


Shawna - March 11, 2024, 4:47 p.m.

Made this together with the grape salad and let me just say, my husband has never eaten something so fast. We both loved it!! So much flavor happening!

PUL Team - March 11, 2024, 8:27 p.m.

Yay we're so thrilled that the Börek was enjoyed, Shawna - thank you!


Shane T. - March 11, 2024, 10:29 a.m.

WOW this was incredible!