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National dish of Kosovo

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  • Independence: 17. 2. 2008
  • Capital: Pristina
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Cheese Byrek


  • 1kg ricotta cheese
  • 200g sour cream
  • 1/2 Tsp salt
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 3 egg whites, stiffly beaten
  • 160g oil
Cheese Byrek is national food (dish) of Kosovo


Preheat 180 d C.

Filling: Beat cheese, sour cream, salt and egg yolks in a bowl and until well combined. Beat egg whites till stiff, fold through the cheese mixture. Cut pastry into sheets to fit a 30x35 cm greased baking dish. Brush 2 sheets of pastry individually and generously with oil and place into the greased dish. Spread a thin layer of cheese filling onto the pastry. Repeat the procedure alternating pastry and filling until both have been used up. Brush top generously with oil and sprinkle with a little salt. Make a few holes in the top with a fork. Bake for 30 minutes. Cut into desired portions and serve hot.

Note: The filling may be spread onto the uncut buttered pastry and rolled into a roulade, then curved, if necessary, to fit the baking tray.

Suggestions: Burek can be made using a variety of fillings such as - grated nuts; lightly fried grated potatoes and leeks; fried spinach and mushrooms; fried spinach and onion; soft cheese and eggs.


Byrek (also burekas, börek, burak, boereg, piroq, and other variants on the name). This a type of baked or fried filled pastry, popular in the Arab world, some countries around the Mediterranean Sea, the Slavic cuisines, throughout the Balkans and the former Ottoman Empire. They are made of a thin flaky dough known as phyllo dough (or yufka dough), and are filled with salty cheese (often feta), minced meat, potatoes or other vegetables. Burek may be prepared in a large pan and cut into portions after baking, or as individual pastries. The top of the Burek is often sprinkled with sesame seeds.

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