Chebureki – Russian Meat Filled Snacks / Chebureki – ruska verzija bureka

If you are from Balkans then you can appreciate a good burek. This Russian turnover has a similar concept, but is traditionally deep fried. Since I care very little for traditions, I decided to try roasting Chebureki in the oven. The finished result was a success and we devoured the whole lot of them with magnificent speed.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields about 10 Chebureki / 0.43 EUR per Cheburek / 4.29 EUR for all)

For the dough:

3 cups all-purpose flour (0.20 EUR)

1 tbsp sugar (0.01 EUR)

1 tsp salt (0.01 EUR)

4 tbsp sunflower seed oil (0.05 EUR)

1 tbsp vodka (0.13 EUR)

¾ cup to 1 cup warm water (–)

For the mince filling:

1 large onion (0.10 EUR)

Handful of fresh parsley (0.27 EUR)

450 grams lean ground beef (3.33 EUR)

1 tsp salt (0.01 EUR)

½ tsp freshly ground black pepper (0.03 EUR)

2 tbsp yogurt (0.07 EUR)

Additional:

Flour for dusting (0.01 EUR)

5 tbsp sunflower seed oil (0.07 EUR)

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METHOD:

Prepare the dough by whisking together flour, sugar and salt. Add in the oil, vodka and ¾ cups of water. Stir to combine and if needed add in a bit more water. Turn the dough out on a clean, lightly floured work surface and knead for a few minutes until the smooth. The final dough needs to be soft and pliable, but not too sticky. Tightly wrap the dough in cling foil and allow it to rest at room temperature for an hour.

While the dough is resting prepare the filling. Roughly chop the onion and parsley, then throw them in a food processor and blitz until finely chopped. Add in minced beef, salt, black pepper and yogurt. Blitz some more so that everything is well incorporated. Refrigerate and allow the flavors to marry while your dough is resting.

Preheat the oven to 200°C and line a baking tray with parchment paper. Roll the dough into a sausage then divide into 10 equal parts. Keep the dough pieces covered with a sheet of cling foil to prevent it from drying out while you’re working on assembling the Chebureki. Shape each dough piece into a ball then roll out into a thin circle. Place about two tablespoons of meat filling onto one half of the circle, fold over and press the edges firmly down with a fork. Repeat until all the dough and filling are used up.

Spread the Chebureki on a prepared baking tray and brush their tops with oil. Bake for 30 minutes, until crispy and golden brown to your liking. For better results flip the Chebureki over once, halfway through the baking. Serve hot with a glass of cold yogurt and a big salad.

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Ako ste kojim slučajem sa Balkana, onda sigurno znate cijeniti dobar burek. Ova ruska poslastica koncepcijski je jako slična, ali razlika je u tome što se Chebureki tradicionalno prže u dubokom ulju. Pošto meni tradicije i nisu baš visoko na listi životnih prioriteta, odlučila sam si pojednostaviti život i Chebureke peći u pećnici. Krajnji rezultat je bio ogroman uspjeh a cijelu hrpu Chebureka smazali smo u rekordnom vremenu.

SASTOJCI:

(Za oko 10-tak Chebureka / 3,21 kn po Chebureku / 32,07 kn za sve)

Za tijesto:

3 šalice glatkog brašna (1,50 kn)

1 žlica šećera (0,05 kn)

1 žličica soli (0,01 kn)

4 žlice suncokretovog ulja (0,40 kn)

1 žlica votke (1,00 kn)

¾ do 1 šalice tople vode (–)

Za mesni nadjev:

1 veliki luk (0,75 kn)

Pregršt svježeg peršina (2,00 kn)

450 g krte mljevene junetine (25,00 kn)

1 žličica soli (0,01 kn)

½ žličice svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,25 kn)

2 žlice jogurta (0,50 kn)

Dodatno:

Brašno za posipanje (0,10 kn)

5 žlica suncokretovog ulja (0,50 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Napravite tijesto tako da prvo pomiješate brašno, šećer i sol. Dodajte ulje, votku i ¾ šalice vode. Miješajte da se sjedini, pa po potrebi dodajte još malo po malo vode. Tijesto iskrenite na čistu, lagano pobrašnjenu radnu plohu te mijesite par minuta dok ne bude glatko. Konačno bi tijesto trebalo biti mekano, ali ne previše ljepljivo. Čvrsto umotajte tijesto u prijanjajuću foliju i ostavite ga da miruje na sobnoj temperaturi sat vremena.

U međuvremenu dok tijesto odmara pripremite mesni nadjev. Grubo narežite luk i peršin, pa ih ubacite u multipraktik i pulsirajte da se usitne. Onda dodajte junetinu, sol, papar i jogurt, pa još malo pulsirajte da se sve sjedini. Stavite nadjev u hladnjak i pustite i njega da odstoji kako bi se okusi proželi, a sve dok čekate tijesto.

Zagrijte pećnicu na 200°C i protvan obložite papirom za pečenje. Tijesto oblikujte u kobasicu i podijelite na 10 jednakih dijelova. Komadiće tijesta držite pokrivenima sa prijanjajućom folijom dok spravljate Chebureke kako se oni ne bi previše isušili. Svaki komadić tijesta oblikujte u kuglicu, pa razvaljajte u tanki krug. Oko dvije žlice nadjeva stavite na polovicu tijesta, presavijte, pa viljuškom dobro stisnite rubove da se spoje. Ponavljajte dok ne potrošite svo tijesto i nadjev.

Chebureke raširite po pripremljenom protvanu i sa gornje strane premažite uljem. Pecite 30-tak minuta, dok ne budu zlatno smeđi po vašem ukusu. Za još bolje rezultate preokrenite Chebureke jednom tijekom pečenja. Poslužite vruće sa čašom hladnog jogurta i velikom salatom.

Chebureki – Russian Meat Filled Snacks / Chebureki – ruska verzija bureka

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