The Budget Side 3 (a.k.a. Pizza Sticks)

Hey! It’s the end of the month and I’m totally broke again! Trying to save money sucks, but at least I can have some party food anyway! This time I’ve made Pizza Sticks, or if you are in Turkey, you can call them Pizza Borek. This little invention of mine is made using very very convenient store bought everything! So it’s cheap, it’s easy and it’s fast, just my thing!pizzasticks-3

So I used Turkish filo pastry, Yufka, that is generally used to make borek. Yufka is very convenient really, since it’s sold on every market and it’s not frozen so it’s ready to use. There are special talented people that do this Yufka pastry, it’s an art really, so it’s really common for people to buy it in the super market, and just use it to make baklava, or cheese borek, or whatever they please. I also used Barilla Tomato and Ricotta pasta sauce, because I love the taste of it, but really you can use any tomato sauce you like, or you can make your own. I’ve made a video so you can see how to fold the pastry, but here’s the full recipe.

Here’s what you’ll need (makes around 24):

  • 300 g of Yufka or filo pastry
  • 400 g of sliced Kaşar Cheese (or cheddar or whatever you like)
  • 150 g sliced Macar Salam or Pepperoni
  • 1 can Barilla Tomato and Ricotta Pasta Sauce
  • 1 egg
  • olive oil
  • garlic powder and salt (or Adobo)


Here’s how you do it:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200 C
  2. Fold your round yufka in half 3 times, so you’ll have a folded triangle. Cut the sides so you’ll have separate triangle sheets of yufka. You can buy them already in triangles sometimes. Also if you are using another filo pastry just roll it into a big thin cirle and do the same.
  3. Take half of a tablespoon of tomato sauce and line it on top of one sheet of pastry. Add one slice of cheese folded or cut into 4 (if you cut them before it’s easier). And on top add one slice of pepperoni.
  4. Fold the triangle as shown in the video. Tuck in the sides first, then the top of the triangle, and then roll it until you reach the end of the pastry.
  5. Repeat until you finish the pastry.
  6. Into a baking pan, add some olive oil and line the sticks over it. Make just one layer. They don’t need to be super apart, but they will be crispier if they are not all stuck together.
  7. Whisk one egg and brush it on top of the pastry. Sprinkle with garlic powder and salt to taste.
  8. Bake for 15 minutes at 200 C. And Voila!!


I didn’t ramble so much today since there’s the video that you can watch and it makes things a little simpler. I must say that these Pizza Sticks were gone within the day, so they are really tasty! Give it a try, it’s really easy too! Also I just spent around 9 €(or 27 TL) for the 24 of them, so that’s quite on the budget I would say!

Comment below , or like and share if you will! I would appreciate it!

Cheers 🙂


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