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A traditional meat borek from Belgrade, Serbia
Alternative namesBurek, börek, bourekas, boreg, byrek
TypeSavoury pie
CourseTea pastry
Main ingredientsFlaky pastry (usually filo), various fillings
VariationsMeat, potatoes, leafy greens, cheese, eggplant, mushrooms

Börek[1][2] or burek is a kind of pastries or pies found in the Balkans, Middle East and Central Asia. The pastry is made of a thin flaky dough such as filo with a variety of fillings, such as meat, cheese, spinach, or potatoes. Boreks are mainly associated with the Middle East, Caucasus, and also with the former Ottoman Empire, including the Balkans and the South Caucasus, Eastern European and Central European countries, Northern Africa and Central Asia. A borek may be prepared in a large pan and cut into portions after baking, or as individual pastries. They are usually baked but some are fried. Borek is sometimes sprinkled with sesame or nigella seeds. It can be served hot or cold.

It is a custom of Sephardic Jews to have bourekas for their Shabbat breakfast meal on Saturday mornings.

It is commonly served with ayran in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and North Macedonia.

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  1. "Home : Oxford English Dictionary". www.oed.com. Archived from the original on 2021-09-25. Retrieved 2021-09-25.
  2. "BOREK | Definition of BOREK by Oxford Dictionary on Lexico.com also meaning of BOREK". Lexico Dictionaries | English. Archived from the original on September 16, 2021. Retrieved 2021-09-25.