Spinach and Feta Filo Pastry

Dive into the world of Turkish cuisine with this delightful Spinach and Feta Filo Pastry, also known as Börek. This easy vegetarian recipe combines the earthy flavors of spinach with the tanginess of feta and the stretchy delight of mozzarella, all wrapped in the delicate crispiness of filo pastry. Perfect for a light meal, appetizer, or a savory snack at any time of the day, this börek is not just delicious but also a feast for the eyes. Let’s start creating this flavorful masterpiece.

Filling Ingredients:

  • 470g filo pastry sheets: The base of börek, offering a crispy texture.
  • 1 onion, finely chopped: Adds sweetness and depth.
  • 260g spinach, roughly chopped: Brings color and earthy flavors.
  • 200g feta cheese, crumbled: Introduces a tangy, salty flavor.
  • 220g shredded mozzarella: Adds creaminess and a delightful stretch.
  • 1 tsp red chili flakes: Provides a subtle heat.

Egg Wash and Garnish Ingredients:

  • 4 tbsp plain natural yoghurt: Combines with oil and eggs for the egg wash, contributing to the golden color and crispiness.
  • 4 tbsp oil: Helps to crisp up the filo pastry.
  • 2 eggs: Binds the egg wash ingredients.
  • 1 tsp nigella seeds: Adds a slight onion-like flavor.
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds: Offers a nutty taste and an appealing look.


For the Filling:
  1. Prep the Spinach: In a large pan, sauté the chopped onion until translucent. Add the spinach and cook until it wilts. Let it cool, then squeeze out any excess liquid.
  2. Mix the Cheeses: In a mixing bowl, combine the crumbled feta, shredded mozzarella, and red chili flakes. Add the cooled spinach mixture and stir to combine thoroughly.
For the Assembly:
  1. Prep the Filo: Lay out a sheet of filo pastry on a clean surface. Keep the rest covered with a damp cloth to prevent drying out. Brush the sheet lightly with the oil from the egg wash mixture.
  2. Add the Filling: Place a portion of the spinach and cheese mixture along one edge of the filo sheet.
  3. Roll the Börek: Roll the filo sheet tightly over the filling, folding in the sides to seal the ends, and continue rolling to form a log. You can also shape it into a spiral for a different presentation.
  4. Repeat: Continue with the remaining filo sheets and filling.
For the Egg Wash:
  1. Prepare the Egg Wash: Whisk together the yoghurt, oil, and eggs until well combined.
  2. Apply: Brush the top of each börek roll with the egg wash, ensuring a light coating.
For Baking:
  1. Preheat Oven: Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F).
  2. Bake: Arrange the börek rolls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle with nigella and sesame seeds. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy.
  3. Serve Warm: Let the börek cool slightly before serving. Enjoy warm for the best taste.


This Spinach and Feta Filo Pastry is a testament to the simplicity and elegance of Turkish cuisine. The combination of creamy cheese, vibrant spinach, and crispy filo makes for a dish that’s as satisfying to make as it is to eat. Perfect for any occasion, this börek will transport you and your guests to the streets of Istanbul with just one bite. Enjoy the process of creating this delightful dish and the joy it brings to your table.