Traditionally, boureki is made with mizithra cheese which is difficult to find in the UK, so I've used feta instead.
- 2lb/900g (unpeeled weight) baking potatoes
- 1lb/450g courgettes/zucchini
- 2 tbsp fresh chopped mint or 2 tsp dried mint
- 1 tbsp fresh chopped dill leaves or 1 tsp dried dill
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 8oz/200g pack of feta
- black pepper, to taste
- ½ pt/280ml hot vegetable stock (made with a stock cube)
Pre-heat the oven to 170C/160C Fan/325F/Gas 3.
Peel and slice the potatoes as thinly as possible. This is best done using a food processor or mandoline slicer.
Thinly slice the courgettes the same way.
Grease an oven proof dish (approx 25x20cm) generously with olive oil and place a layer of courgettes in, slightly over lapping. Repeat with a layer of potatoes and another layer of courgettes. Crumble half of the feta over, and sprinkle with black pepper, half of the mint and half of the dill.
Continue layering up the vegetables, finishing with a layer of potato.
Mix the rest of the herbs into the stock and carefully pour the into the dish over the vegetables.
Top with the remaining cheese, an extra sprinkle of mint and drizzle the remaining olive oil over.
Cover the dish tightly with foil and place in the oven.
Bake for 2-2½ hours until the potatoes are soft (insert a sharp knife into the potatoes, to see if they are tender) - believe me, it will take this long to cook, as I have tried to reduce the cooking time and ended up with under cooked potatoes!
If liked, remove the foil for the final 10-15 minutes, to brown the top of the boureki. Allow to cool for around 10 minutes before cutting into squares.
Serve with seasonal vegetables or salad.
Seasonal variation: Try swapping the courgettes for sliced squash, pumpkin or celeriac.
Vegan version: Swap the feta for a vegan feta-style cheese. When topping the bake, mix the crumbled 'feta' with the remaining olive oil before sprinkling over the potato, to help stop it from drying out too much.
Slow cooker version: Although I haven't tried this, I reckon this dish could also be cooked in a slow cooker. Follow the recipe above but reduce the amount of stock by half. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 7-8 hours. Brown under the grill before serving. Do let me know if this works!
I'm linking this recipe up to Ren Behan's Simple and in Season event for October.