Borekas: Savor these flaky, delicious Israeli pastries!

When you need something tasty, filling, delicious, and a great value, borekas are the answer to hunger pangs! From cheese to mushrooms to squash and even pizza, Borekas are a delicious Israeli treat.

For breakfast, lunch, dinner, and everything in between, borekas are the ultimate Israeli snack. Palm-sized pockets of puff pastry with mouthwatering fillings. The flaky, golden puff pastry or filo crust encases a flavorful fillings that vary depending on regional preferences and personal tastes. Each bite is a delightful taste of Israel’s culinary heritage!

Head over to the local markets around Israel to find stalls selling a huge variety of warm borekas ready to eat on the spot. They come in all shapes and sizes and the larger ones are often served alongside haminados (overnight hard-boiled eggs), olives, or pickled vegetables.

Today, Borekas remain a beloved staple of Israeli cuisine, cherished for their delicious flavor, comforting warmth, and cultural significance. Whether enjoyed fresh from the oven at a local market stall or prepared lovingly at home, borekas continue to bring joy to all who taste them, carrying on a tradition that has stood the test of time.

Discover the Delicious Legacy of Borekas: A Rich Culinary Heritage

Originating from the diverse culinary traditions of Israel, borekas have a past that dates back centuries. Some trace borekas' roots to Sephardic Jewish cuisine, while others attribute their creation to Turkish or Balkan influences. Regardless of their origins, borekas are a delicious part of Israeli cuisine, beloved for their versatility, flavor, and comforting appeal. A simple yet satisfying snack, Borekas became popular for their delicious flavor and handheld size.

As Jewish people spread across the world, they took with them this delicious and convenient treat, transforming it with new and unique flavors until they brought it with them to Israel. Borekas evolved to include an array of fillings. You may find fillings such as cheese and spinach, ground meats, or chard eggplant. You may even come across sweet flavors in your tasty borekas.

Try this tasty recipe to bring this tradition to your own kitchen and bring the flavors of Israel into your home.

Spinach and Feta Borekas


- 1 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed, squeezed dry

- 1/4 cup cottage cheese or yogurt

- 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

- 1 egg yolk

- 1 green onion, finely chopped

- ½ teaspoon salt

- ½ teaspoon black pepper

- 1 teaspoon dried minced garlic

- 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed

- 1 large egg

- 1 tablespoon water


1. Preheat your oven to 410°F (210°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a mixing bowl, combine the thawed and squeezed dry spinach, cottage cheese, feta cheese, egg yolk, green onion, salt, pepper, and minced garlic. Mix well to combine.

3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the puff pastry sheet into a large rectangle. Cut the pastry into 16 rectangles. Working one rectangle at a time, place 1 tablespoon of the filling in the bottom third and fold up, forming a triangle. Crimp the ends using the tines of a fork, and place seam-side down on the prepared baking sheet.

4. In a small bowl, whisk together the large egg and water to create an egg wash. Brush the tops of the borekas with the egg wash.

5. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the borekas are golden brown and cooked through.

6. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly before serving warm. Enjoy your delicious spinach and cheese borekas!

Borekas are more than just a pastry; they are a culinary journey through the vibrant tapestry of Israeli heritage.

Whether you're biting into one at a bustling market, like Machane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem, or savoring it in the comfort of your own kitchen, each flaky bite connects you to the heart and soul of Israel.

As you indulge in the delicious flavors of Borekas, you're not just tasting a pastry—you're honoring generations of cooks who have passed down these cherished recipes. From Sephardic Jewish traditions to Turkish and Balkan influences, Borekas celebrate the diversity and depth of Israeli cuisine, weaving together a mosaic of flavors and textures that reflect the country's rich cultural heritage.

With each bite, you're not just nourishing your body; you're nourishing your soul, forging connections with the past while creating new memories and traditions for the future. So savor every moment, relish every flavor, and let Borekas be your guide on a culinary journey through the heart and soul of Israel.

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