Banica with Meat

Banica is a traditional Bulgarian dish, a version of a Mediterranean burek or Greek spinakopita. It can be made with various fillings but the most common one is cottage cheese. I made this recipe with ground beef.
  • 1 pack phyllo dough
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 300g yogurt (greek or balkan style)
  • 100g butter
  • 3-4 white onions, chopped
  • salt, pepper to taste
  • oil

1. In a heated pan saute chopped onions until soft and translucent. Add ground beef, salt and pepper to taste, and cook 15-20min. Remove un-evaporated liquid, if  any. Cool.

2. Whip together eggs and yogurt. Add to the meat and onion mixture.

3. Oil a pyrex dish and follow the procedure:
  • put one layer of phyllo dough, oil
  • add another layer, oil
  • repeat again with 3 sheets of phyllo at the bottom
  • add half of the meat/egg mix and spread
  • cover with 2 dough layers oiled in between
  • spread the meat/egg mix
4. Cut into serving pieces before putting into the oven.
5. Cook on 400F/200C till ready (20 min). Sprinkle with cheese 10minutes before removing from the oven. 

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