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Burekas Filled with Burnt Eggplant

Author: Rina Dzen

This is the dish that Rina’s mother always kept an arsenal of in the freezer so that it was always available to her children. Now that Rina has her own children, she has developed the same habit to ensure her kids never go without burekas.


2 medium size eggplants
1 egg
2 sticks butter (or margarine etc.)
3/4 cup oil
1 glass milk
Block Feta cheese, or cottage/ricotta or combination
Sesame seeds or grated cheese


Place eggplants in a pan and over open stove fire, on high.
Let burn well on all sides, while periodically turning
Let cool, peel burned peel, or scope inside into a strainer and let drain for 1/2 hour or more.
In a frying pan sauté eggplant while mashing it with a wooded spoon, to let remaining liquids evaporate, added cheese and continue until cohesive and dry consistency.
Take off the stove, and add the egg once semi cool. Add salt if needed.
You have your filling.

Prepare the dough:

In a large bowl melt in microwave butter, add milk oil, and salt.
Add flour, about a pound or more, a little bit at a time, until you get a soft dough.
Divide into ping-pong size balls and let stand for 1/2 hour.
Open each ball to a round shape using a rolling pin. Place one teaspoon of filling and close in half, making sure it’s fully closed (pinch and fold the portions to close).
Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake on medium until golden brown, about 40 minutes.

* Nice for breakfast, a snack, and light meals.


Rina was born and raised in Holon, Israel. She did her army service in the NACHAL, and married in Kibbutz Gvulot, were she met her husband. She completed her BA at TLV while living in Gvulot and traveling back and forth. Rina  moved to the United States when she was 28 to be closer to her husband’s side of the family and continue their education. Rina completed a school psychology degree in Queens College. She has been working in a special education preschool for 20 years. She enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with her family, and eating good food.