Byrek is known as the street food of the Balkans, dating back to the Ottoman Era and most believing that it originates in what is now known as Turkey. Pronounced with many variations Byrek, Burek and Borek, in Albanian some Pite or Lakror’s are also referred to as Byrek. Albanian Byrek fillings are most often savoury with Spinach Byrek being the most common. The other common types found in the Balkans are Cheese Byrek (more often made with gjizë, cottage cheese), Meat Byrek (Mish), Potato Byrek, Yogurt Byrek (Kos), Pumpkin Byrek (Kungull) and then using Nettles, Cabbage, Courgettes and Leeks will often be found too.

Albanian Pies

With the in-laws here (and eating more Albanian pies then normal!) I have been learning about the different types of pie in our hometown in Albania.

Here, in England a pie is a deep filled pastry serving filled with meats and potatoes. But, Albanian pies are different as there are many different types, all very different from...
18th January 2016

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