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Poğaças - Turkish Cheese Filled Pastries

Turkish poğaças or pogachas is a very easy dough to make these tasty pastries.  These make a 25-28 small sized pastries that are usually served as mezze.  The savory flavor is really nice when filled with feta or blue cheese. There are other variations from Croatia, Serbia and Hungary to name a few.  

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Turkish
Keyword baking, bread dough, cheese filled, egg wash, pastry, rolls
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: Change to adjust-> 12 servings
Calories 275 kcal


  • 2 egg yolks + 1 Tbs. water for egg wash
  • 5 cups flour
  • 200 grams butter softened
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp nigella seeds for sprinkling*

*you can substitute poppy seeds for nigella seeds or also toasted sesame seeds.


  • ¾ cup feta cheese crumbled
  • 2 Tbs parsley chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Combine all filling ingredients in a bowl and set aside
  3. In a small bowl, beat egg yolks with 1 Tbs. of water. Set aside. You will use this to brush the pogacas before baking.
  4. Place all dough ingredients in a wide and deep bowl, Mix thoroughly and knead with your hands until the dough is elastic, non sticky and smooth, Take a piece of dough that is approximately the size of an egg and flatten on the palm of your hand.
  5. Place a teaspoon of filling in the center of dough and close up like a half-moon.Make sure the edges are tightly pinched so no filling escapes during the baking process.
  6. Place the pogacas on a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet (about 12 per sheet)
  7. Brush with egg wash.
  8. Sprinkle with nigella seeds and bake for about 25 minutes, or until golden brown. Yield: about 25-28 pogacas.
Nutrition Facts
Poğaças - Turkish Cheese Filled Pastries
Amount Per Serving
Calories 275 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 43mg14%
Sodium 505mg22%
Potassium 268mg8%
Carbohydrates 45g15%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 155IU3%
Vitamin C 0.9mg1%
Calcium 126mg13%
Iron 3.1mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.