It is a matter of course that such a huge nation such as the former USSR is influenced multiculturally.This appetizer/sandwich is named chebureki, which sounds suspiciously close to burek, which is undeniably an Arab and Turkish pastry.
Having said that, this chebureki was more of a sandwich to me, and it never ceased to awe me how simplicity is incredibly underrated.
The filling consists of TWO ingredients only: chicken and onion. Seasoned lightly with salt and pepper of course. A tortilla is spread with the chicken putty, and toasted in a pan until the filling is cooked and the bread is golden.
It is best eaten warm, but it was still delicious at room temperature.
The original recipe adapted from Natasha’s Kitchen used turkey.
450g chicken breast fillets
1 cup onion
1 tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
Using a food processor, process the onion to a watery putty.
Add the salt, pepper, and chicken breasts, and process again into a putty.
Spread some chicken puree over half a tortilla, then fold over to form a half-circle sandwich.
Heat a couple of tablespoons of oil in a pan over medium heat, and add the turnovers two at a time.
If your heat is too high, the tortilla will burn and the chicken will stay raw.
They will take approximately 3 to 5 minutes per side, until the chicken is completely cooked and the tortilla is a golden brown.
Transfer to kitchen paper towels to soak up extra oil, and serve warm.