For today's recipe, we made a quick pastry pie with colourful vegetables that's just perfect for a healthy midweek family dinner. We got inspired by the classic Cretan Boureki filo pie but made it 100% dairy-free and vegan using tofu instead of crumbled feta. Let us show you how to do it!
The great thing about this recipe is that you won't even have to spend time cooking the fillings. Instead, just slice the potatoes and zucchini, crumble the tofu, and assemble the pie. Job done! Then, let the oven take care of the rest and get ready to savour this glorious boureki.
If you're not familiar with the word boureki, it's a broad term that refers to a family of baked phyllo pastries. Boureki is the Greek version of börek, the Turkish yufka (filo dough) pastries. But borek recipes are not limited to Greece and Turkey; you can also find them under the name of bourekas, boreg, or bryrek in Israel, Armenia, Serbia, and Slovenia, to mention a few.
Common stuffings in these filo pastry pies include meat, cheese, greens, and potatoes, but also sweet ones like custard. In Greece, there's a special type of boureki found in the local cuisine of Chania, in Crete. It consists of layers of zucchini and potatoes topped with mint and mizithra, a local crumbly cheese similar to feta.
In our recipe, we kept the base Cretan boureki ingredients like filo sheets, chopped mint, zucchini, and extra virgin olive oil, but we swapped white potatoes with sweet potatoes and cheese with tofu. We opted for sweet potatoes as we've seen some winter variations of the boureki made with pumpkin instead of potatoes. This way, we got that same gorgeous orange colour and yet retained the flavour and texture of potatoes —it's a win-win!
Firm tofu was our go-to choice for this vegan recipe as we have already used it in our previous Greek mushroom pie. But this time, we marinated it with lemon juice, garlic, and nutritional yeast, for a quicker, no-cook option. Thanks to tofu, each slice packs plenty of plant-based proteins, which combined with fibres from the veggies and unsaturated fats from olive oil make this greek pie a balanced meal that will make everyone happy!