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Ayesha Nurdjaja serves bourekas with braised butter beans

Celebrate the season with spiced butter beans and savory bourekas filled with leafy greens and salty cheeses.
/ Source: TODAY

Ayesha Nurdjaja, executive chef of acclaimed restaurants Shuka and Shukette in New York City, is joining TODAY to share a few of her favorite Mediterranean-inspired appetizer recipes. She shows us how to make cheesy bourekas filled with Swiss chard and slow-cooked spiced butter beans.

Bourekas

Bourekas

Ayesha Nurdjaja

This recipe is easy to make yet looks so impressive. Once you master the technique, filling variations are endless.

Braised Butter Beans

Braised Butter Beans

Ayesha Nurdjaja

Beans are so underrated. This recipe is like a hug in a bowl. Serve as is or add more liquid to make a soup. Better yet — slather these thick braised beans on a hot pita. Trust me!

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