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Jewish Recipes --> Recipes --> Desserts --> Pastry

Cheese-Filled Pastries (Boyo de Queso) - Greek Island: Rhodes
Source: The Sephardic Table by Pamela Grau Twena
Recipe Ingredients:
  • 1 pound hoop cheese or another semi-soft cheese such as ricotta or pot cheese
  • 1 pound feta cheese
  • 1 cup mashed potatoes
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 16-ounce package filo dough (found in the frozen-food section)
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) margarine or butter, melted

Makes 80 pastries.

To make the filling: Blend all the filling ingredients together in a food processor fitted with the metal blade or by hand in a large bowl to make a smooth paste.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease 2 cookie sheets.

The trick to this recipe is in the handling of the filo dough. Cut the stack of filo leaves in half lengthwise and then in half again. Work with 1 stack at a time, forming each pastry on the top of the stack. Cover the stacks you are not using with a damp clean dish towel so that they do not become dry or brittle.

With a pastry brush, lightly brush the top of 1 piece of filo with melted margarine or butter, then turn it over so that it adheres to the piece below it. Place 1 teaspoon of filling in the center, 1 inch from the top of one end of the sheet, and spread it across to form a horizontal line. Do not overstuff the pastries or they will burst. Carefully roll up the pastry sheet from the filling end to make a small cigar-shaped pastry. Repeat until all pastry sheets are used and there is no more filling.

Transfer the pastries to the cookie sheets and bake until golden, about 20 minutes.
 

Note: Hoop cheese is similar to farmer's cheese in that it is a dry cottage cheese; however hoop cheese is made from milk alone while farmer's cheese is made with milk, cream and salt.

Greece -- Pastry -- Shavuot

Cooking Tips:   These pastries can be made ahead and frozen. Follow the recipe up to the point of baking the pastries; at which time they should be frozen. Let the pastries thaw for 30 minutes before baking.

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