Su Boregi (Water Borek)

A slice of Turkish water borek stuffed with feta and parsley.

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Homemade phyllo sheets are slightly cooked in simmering water, then stuffed with feta cheese and baked in oven.




  • 500g feta cheese
  • Half bunch of parsley
  • 200g butter, melted

Phyllo Sheet Dough:

  • 10 cups flour
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 6 eggs

To cook the phyllo sheets

  • 3lt water to boil
  • 3lt cold water
  • 1/2 tbsp salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil


  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup yogurt


Make The Filling 

  1. Combine cheese and chopped parsley in a bowl and put it aside. Also, keep the melted butter in another bowl on the side.

Make The Phyllo Sheets

  1. Combine flour, milk and eggs in a large bowl. Knead it well either with your hands or in your stand mixer. Add little flour if necessary. It won’t be a soft dough. Now transfer the dough on the counter, roll it into a log and cut it into 10 balls. Cover them with a damp kitchen towel so that they don’t dry when you are rolling them out one by one. Dust the counter with a little flour each time you roll out a dough ball. Stack the phyllo sheets on the counter. Make sure you sprinkle a generous amount of flour between each so that they don’t stick. Brush a baking sheet with oil or use a cooking spray. Place an uncooked phyllo sheet in the baking sheet as the bottom of your water borek. Then cook the remaining phyllo sheets. Read on to learn how.

Cook The Phyllo Sheets In Simmering Water

  1. Fill a large pot with water, add in salt and olive oil. Bring it to a boil. Fill a large bowl with cold water and put it aside. With the help of a thin rolling pin, take the phyllo sheet to the pot and drop it into the simmering water. Keep it there for 2 minutes and take it out with a large slotted spoon. Transfer it into the cold water to stop cooking. Keep it there for a few seconds and then transfer it on a clean kitchen towel. Repeat the same steps for the remaining phyllo sheets. 

Assemble The Börek

  1. Remember the first phyllo sheet you place uncooked in the baking sheet? Brush the top of it with melted butter. Now place a cooked phyllo sheet on that first one. Brush it with melted butter too. Repeat with 3 more phyllo sheets. Spread the cheese mixture on the fifth phyllo sheet. Place the 6th phyllo sheet on it. Brush it with melted butter and repeat with the remaining sheets. 
  2. In another bow, whisk together the egg, yogurt and olive oil. Spread this mixture on the top sheet generously. And finally bake it in a preheated oven at 350F/180C. for about 40 minutes or until golden.
  3. Cut it into squares and serve.