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Cheats Zelnik with Softened Leek

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Recipe origin: Sydney, Australia

I’m always on the lookout for a cheaters version of my beloved Macedonia favourites. Although nothing beats the taste of fresh homemade pastry sheets, I rarely have half a day to make the sheets from scratch. So when I stumbled across the super thin wheat wraps made by Mountain Bread, I knew I was onto something BIG!!

Mum often makes her cheats zelnik with fresh lavash, a thin and soft Middle Eastern flatbread. It makes for a quick substitute, although the texture is nothing like zelnik, and unless you add a good measure of water to help soak the bread, the final result is too dry.

I made this cheats zelnik with softened leek, but you can try other classic fillings like spinach and cheese, tomatoey onion, or sugary apple and walnut.

Making cheats zelnik



Serves 8

1/2 cup (125ml) vegetable oil (e.g. canola or rice bran oil)
2 large leeks, white and light green part chopped, dark green outer leaves discarded
Sea salt to taste
1/4 teaspoon mild paprika
1 x 200g packet Mountain Bread Wheat Wraps (if not available use another thin wheat based bread)

1) Heat 2-3 tablespoons of oil in a large frying pan over low-medium heat, add leek and sprinkle with salt to taste, gently fry until leek has collapsed but not browned (10 minutes). Once cooked remove from heat and allow to cool.

2) Preheat oven to 180°C and brush a medium rectangular baking tray with oil. If necessary cut bread length to fit into tray snugly.

3) Place 1 sheet of bread in the the tray and evenly scatter leek. Brush another piece of bread with oil and place on top, scatter with leek and repeat with remaining bread and leek. To finish brush top layer with oil.

4) Bake for 15 minutes, then turn oven down to 160°C and bake for further 10-15 minutes, or until lightly golden.

5) Serve while warm or at room temperature as meze or a light meal with yoghurt or buttermilk.

– Try other traditional zelnik fillngs like spinach and cheese, tomaty onion, potato and leek.

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7 Comments  |   Add a comment

  1. Lidija

    Great idea Suz, I might try this over the weekend. I love mountain bread rolls.

  2. Mira

    I can certainly guarantee this one it is extreme deliciousness mmm!!!

  3. Deanna

    Made this instead of sandwiches for my fiancé’s lunch box… He just called to tell me how much he loved it!!!

    Definitely made the short list for lunch box ideas!!!

  4. Ljubica

    Dali Mountain Bread Wheat Wraps se nekakov vid na kori,receptot mnogu mi se dopaga ama samo me interesira kade mozam da gi nabavam ovie taka nareci gi kori.
    Odnapred blagodaram

  5. Village Feast

    Hi Ljubica,
    Which country do you live in? Mountain Bread Wraps are very thin and yes, similar to kori.

  6. Zoe

    Hi there, A dear friend made this for me one day, It is simple and so delicious…Moorish :)

  7. VillageCook

    Yay, so glad you enjoyed – hope you get a chance to give the recipe a go too :)

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