By Veggie Tom
I’ve tasted Waitrose Spinach & Feta Bourekia… should you put a pack in the trolley or leave it on the shelf?
Waitrose Spinach & Feta Bourekia blurb reads: Crisp and tangy – spinach, cream cheese and greek feta wrapped in pastry.
OK: Waitrose does a nice line in oven-bake bites, like falafels, koftas, corn fritters and stuffed vine leaves. They’re not cheap, but they’re great fodder for snack, grazing and parties. So how do these pastry parcels shape up?
The tasting note: Gorgeous. The cream cheese and spinach keep things moist while the feta and lemon juice and plenty of tang. You could eat them cold, but it’s really worth sticking them in the oven.
The full ingredient list: Wheat flour, spinach (23%), full fat cream cheese (15%), rapeseed oil, feta cheese (6%), medium fat hard cheese, onions, water, lemon juice from concentrate, mint, parsley, salt, cornflour, ground black pepper, maize starch
Bourekia? These deep-fried, half-moon-shaped pastry parcels can be found in Greece, Cyprus and all over the Middle East. They can be savoury (see the classic Cypriot version made with halloumi cheese) but they also work with a sweet filling – ricotta or a similarly mild, fresh cheese is mixed with sugar and the finished bourekia are dusted with icing sugar.
Can you eat it? It’s veggie-friendly, but thanks to the cheese, it isn’t vegan friendly.
Should you put it in the trolley? Delicious – crisp when cooked, wonderfully savoury inside, and the shape adds a certain something too. You don’t get many in a pack, though, so make sure the price is right for you.
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