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Potato Börek Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 large onions, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 pounds potatoes, peeled and grated
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup melted butter
- 1/2 cup bread crumbs

Special Equipment Needed:
- Large bowl
- Grater
- Large skillet
- Baking dish

Step-by-Step Instructions:
1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
3. In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, salt, pepper, cumin, coriander, turmeric, cinnamon, nutmeg, parsley, feta cheese, walnuts, raisins, yogurt, and flour. Mix until well combined.
4. Spread the mixture into a greased 9x13-inch baking dish.
5. Drizzle the melted butter over the top and sprinkle with the bread crumbs.
6. Bake for 45 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 45 minutes
Temperature: 375°F
Serving Size: 8

Nutritional Information:
Calories: 300
Fat: 17g
Carbohydrates: 28g
Protein: 8g

Substitutions for Ingredients
- Olive oil: canola oil
- Feta cheese: goat cheese
- Walnuts: almonds
- Raisins: dried cranberries
- Greek yogurt: sour cream

- Add 1/2 cup of cooked and crumbled bacon to the potato mixture for a smoky flavor.
- Substitute the feta cheese for 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese.
- Add 1/2 cup of chopped fresh herbs, such as parsley, chives, or thyme, to the potato mixture.

Tips and Tricks:
- Make sure to grate the potatoes on the largest setting on the grater to avoid them becoming mushy.
- Use a non-stick baking dish to ensure the börek doesn't stick to the pan.

Storage Instructions:
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Reheating Instructions:
Reheat in the oven at 350°F for 15 minutes, or until heated through.

Presentation Ideas:
Serve the börek with a dollop of Greek yogurt and a sprinkle of fresh herbs.

- Chopped fresh parsley
- Chopped fresh chives
- Crumbled feta cheese

- Grilled chicken
- Roasted vegetables
- Greek salad

Suggested Side Dishes:
- Greek salad
- Roasted vegetables
- Grilled chicken

Troubleshooting Advice:
- If the top of the börek is not golden brown after 45 minutes, increase the oven temperature to 400°F and bake for an additional 10 minutes.

Food Safety Advice:
- Make sure to store the börek in an airtight container in the refrigerator and consume within 5 days.

Food History:
Börek is a traditional Turkish dish that is made with a variety of fillings, such as cheese, vegetables, and meats, and is often served as an appetizer or snack.

Flavor Profiles:
This börek has a savory flavor with a hint of sweetness from the raisins and a nutty flavor from the walnuts.

Serving Suggestions:
Serve the börek as an appetizer or snack with a side of Greek yogurt and a sprinkle of fresh herbs.

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Region: Turkish

Taste: Savory, Crispy, Buttery, Cheesy, Herby