Spanakopita Bourekas

Written by chanie on December 21st, 2016

It’s mashup time! I think my favorite part of being a food blogger is being able to play around with recipes and coming up with my own twists on things. I love mashing things up. What’s a mashup? Well, it’s when I take a traditional food and I fuse it with another cuisine or concept to create a hybrid sort of recipe. It would probably be easier if I showed you.

Take these pecan pie lace cookies that I made for Thanksgivukkah back in 2013 (gosh, was that really three whole years ago?!). Since Thanksgiving and Chanukah came out on the same night (which only happens in a gazillion years btw), I decided to fuse a Thanksgiving concept: pecan pie, with a traditional Jewish pastry: lace cookies, or, florentines. Florentines are traditionally made with almonds, but I used pecans, and to up the Chanukah ante, I drizzled the cookies with Chanukah symbols and filled them with raspberry jam. That, my friends, is a mashup.

Of course I’ve got plenty of other Chanukah mashups on the blog, like these poutine latkes, a twist on the classic Canadian dish of gravy and cheese smothered french fries (yes, I went there). Then there was my falafel latkes, or falatkes, a fusion of the Israeli staple and the classic potato latke, which I took to another level with the sabich. And finally, the droolworthy donut milkshake and potato latke funnel cakes that have been blowing up feeds everywhere. Told you I loved mashups :)

So Chanukah is upon us, and I really wanted to mashup a Greek staple with a typical Jewish food. Traditional spanakopita is a spinach feta pie made with a filo (or phyllo) crust. Filo is notoriously difficult to work with, since it is paper thin and tears easily, so I decided to turn the pie into the perfect hand-held appetizer: bourekas. With lots of Chanukah parties on our calendar, this makes a great finger food for the table!

Bourekas are a family favorite and not just because they are uber delicious, with all the flaky layers of buttery dough. It’s because they are so. freakin. easy. Truth be told, I was originally going to make spanakopita rugelach, but I’ve been feeling out of sorts this week and the idea of working on a savory cheese dough was just off the table. So I thought about what I could use to make these super easy and semi-homemade, and I went to that beloved ingredient that makes party planning so much easier – the puff pastry. Oh how I love thee.

I always keep puff pastry in the freezer because it makes the most impressive danish pastry in no time, it’s a must-have for my kids favorite deli roll, it makes an easy topping for pot pie, and the quickest impressive fruit tart. I also love it for cream horns, pinwheels, bite-size bundles, and even hamantaschen!

I’m all about finger food at my Chanukah party, so I hope this post gave you some “food for thought” for your Chanukah menu planning! For more great Chanukah recipes, check out the index!

Happy Chanukah! Happy Chrismukkah! Happy Donut Day! And yes, Happy Birthday and Anniversary to me!! (I was born and got married on the 5th night!)

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  1. Chagiet says:

    Looks great. How much ricotta do you suggest to add and how much of the suggested herbs?
    Also, which Feta cheese is best, cow or sheep?

    • chanie says:

      I would put about a cup or so of ricotta, until it’s nice and creamy. As far as herbs, it’s to taste and depends what you like. I wouldn’t put more than a small handful (a handful before chopping, not after). I prefer cows milk feta, but it’s a personal preference. I don’t like the flavor of sheep’s milk.

  2. Chagiet says:

    Does it really only make 10 borekas?

  3. Susan says:

    I agree, phyllo dough is difficult to work with. I have never seen mini puff pastry sheets, what brand do you buy and who sells it?
    Happy birthday and anniversary to you!

  4. anne hassan says:

    One of my faves. I usually make this whenever I finish the Syrian white cheese and there’s the layer of crumbly/sludgy cheese at the bottom that I hate to waste. Sometimes I just buy a ball of pizza dough, need in some olive oil, and do about the same thing. I don’t like nutmeg; I add sautéed onion, Aleppo pepper (our all-purpose condiment) and mint.

    • chanie says:

      Sounds nice! I’m so happy you mentioned aleppo pepper since I have it sitting in my cabinet and I have no idea what to do with it. Please share ideas!

  5. Donna Thomas says:

    Love your mash-ups and your great personality :-). I’m learning so much from your recipes and blog. Can’t wait to purchase the Spiralizer and do your Cheesy Zoodle Marinara recipe. Did I miss your kugel recipe anywhere? I’ll bet yours is super.

    Take care and keep doing what you love.

    Donna
    Easton, PA

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