- 500 g All purpose Flour
- 300 ml Waterlukewarm
- 1 tablespoon Salt
- 10 ml Sunflower Oil
- 500 g minced beef
- 2 pcs Onion chopped
- 20 ml Sunflower Oil
- 1 tablespoon Salt
- 1/2 teaspoon Black pepper
In Bosnia and Herzegovina, besides cevapi, burek is, certainly the most famous and widespread dish. It is a traditional Bosnian cuisine street food speciality. Burek recipe is quite simple. It is made from finely minced meat, onion, salt and pepper wrapped in a thinly stretched dough called – jufke.
In Bosnia and Herzegovina, you can find countless buregdinice (shops that serve burek only) in literally every town and village. Traditionally, it is served warm, usually with yoghurt, and eaten quickly, on the go.
Burek Recipe Origin
Like many other dishes of traditional Bosnian cuisine, burek recipe has its origins in Turkish cuisine. In fact, there is a borek dish in Turkey, and you can find more about it in this blog post.
Thus, with the Turkish conquests, it came to Bosnia, but here it gained a local twist and a different meaning. Unlike Turkish cuisine, where borek is considered a dough with different fillings, in Bosnia, it is made only of meat. In Bosnian cuisine, dishes prepared in this way with fillings of, for example, cheese, spinach, potatoes, are considered pies. So there are potato pie, vegetable pie, cheese pie, etc.
In Bosnia and Herzegovina, burek can be found in two standard versions. The first version is baked in a casserole in a tubular shape and is known as ciza. It is more common in buregdinice (specialised shops) where it is sold as bulk for a kilo. Another spiral-shaped version is more common in bakeries and is called whirligig.
Around Sarajevo, capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, are popular and so-called – buredžici. These are smaller whirligig burek, coated with sour cream and garlic.
Let’s just mention it has found its place in popular culture. Namely, Dino Merlin, a popular singer-songwriter and singer, named his studio album Burek.
This burek recipe is from Amira, a colleague of my wife. She was born in Sarajevo, and she most certainly knows how to prepare Bosnian dishes.
When they are baked, cover them with a wet cloth and leave for about 10 minutes, so that the crust is soft and crispy.
In Bosnia, burek is traditionally served with yoghurt.