Somewhat challenging prep but the payoff is worth it. Sigara boregi is something every Turkish household used to have when I was growing up. The name comes from the shape. It looks like hand rolled cigarettes. And I do a mean roll.
The feta, parsley and black pepper play off of each other in a way that makes this a special feeling dish although there is absolutely nothing special about it. I also use red chili pepper flakes to spice it up ever so slightly. Frying is bad for you of course so be careful when you make these. They go down very easily but if Recipe Calculator on Sparks People is right, then these puppies are 64 calories each. Yikes. But so gooood.
Sigara Boregi (‘Cigarette’ Pastry)
- Yufka triangles, from a Middle Eastern grocery
- 4 oz fat-free feta cheese
- 1-2 tsps Italian parsley, finely chopped
- 2 pinches of black pepper
- 2 tsps water, in shallow dish
- Sunflower oil for frying
Note: Yufka is the Turkish word for a round and thin hand-rolled pastry sheet (thicker than phillo, thinner than flaky pastry sheets). You can find the triangles in the frozen food section, generally in packs of 24 triangles, in most Middle Eastern markets.
Thaw the triangles and then cut them vertically to double the triangle count. Set aside.
On a dry surface, lay out a triangle of yufka and put a teaspoon of feta mixture on the wide edge (see image). Then fold the outside edges inward just below the mixture, and roll the yufka into a ‘cigarette’ leaving about 2 inches of flap at the tip of the triangle. Dip the 2 inches of the yufka in the water and then finish rolling it in shape of a cigarette. The water will help seal the pastry.
In a shallow frying pan, pour a 1/8 inch thick layer of sunflower oil and fry the pastries on medium high heat, turning them midway through approximately 45-50 seconds per ‘cigarette’.
Makes 48 cigarettes.
Here is the awful truth about this dish’s nutrition: