Cheese Bourekas with Fresh Herbs

  • 6 oz feta cheese
  • 2 Tbsp parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 Tbsp each of chopped fresh chives, dill, mint, and parsley
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4-6 sheets phyllo dough
  • 4 Tbsp butter

Mash together the cheeses, egg, nutmeg, fresh herbs, and pepper.  Add salt if needed.  Set aside.  Melt butter in a small saucepan.  Preheat oven to 375°F.  Butter a large baking sheet.  Unwrap and unfold the phyllo dough.  Place it on the counter and cover with a slightly damp kitchen towel.  Take one phyllo sheet, place it on the counter and fold it in thirds lengthwise and crease folds.  Unfold and cut with a sharp knife along creases to form three strips.  Brush each with butter.  Take a heaping teaspoon of filling and place it about one inch from the narrow end closest to you, off to one side.  Fold one corner over the filling to form a triangle.  Keep folding the triangle up the strip- like folding a flag, until the whole strip is folded into one triangle pastry.  Brush the top with butter and place it on a buttered baking sheet.  Repeat with the rest of the phyllo and filling.  Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown and crispy.  Serve warm.  Can be reheated until crisp.