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Pizza Bourekas

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One of my favorite childhood memories of visiting Israel is going to a corner store and picking up freshly baked bourekas. With the warmth and delicious smell of the baked goods oozing through the paper bag, I couldn’t wait to eat them, especially my favorite ones – the pizza bourekas. I inevitably started munching on them on the way back to where we were staying. Acceptable in Israel, they were sometimes a to-go breakfast, or a midday snack. Here, I use prepared puff pastry to whip up a quick version of these beloved bites. While the aroma fills your home as they bake in the oven, and you take your first bite, I hope they remind you of happy memories too.

These pizza bourekas are great for a crowd – they get eaten up quickly, so I use two puff pastry sheets, otherwise while they’re cooling in the kitchen they might just disappear!

Thaw puff pastry sheets on a floured surface or floured parchment paper for 30-40 minutes. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare two baking sheets: cover with parchment paper or brush with oil.

When the dough is thawed, roll out to elongate and thin the rectangles an additional inch in all directions. Spread sauce all over the puff pastry rectangles, and sprinkle cheese evenly on top. Add olive slices if using, and sprinkle on the garlic powder.

Starting at the shorter side, tightly roll the dough all the way to the end to create a roll. Repeat for other sheet. Slice into half inch thick slices. Place on the baking sheets, and bake for 15 minutes until the cheese is bubbly and beginning to brown.

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