Lebanese meat pies are flavorful flat bread pies with spicy ground meat toppings.
Author: Esperance Sammour
Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: Lebanese, Middle Eastern
Meat Topping Ingredients (5 servings)
1 lbs lean ground beef (no fat)
1 large red onion finely chopped
1 large ripe tomato, finely chopped
¾ cup of pine nuts
2-3 tablespoons of Pomegranate Molasses
1 teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice (optional)
½ cup of finely chopped Parsley leaves
2 teaspoons of 7-spices
1-2 teaspoons of salt
a dash of cayenne pepper (or to taste)
6 cups of multipurpose flour
½ teaspoon of yeast melted
2 and ¼th cups of warm water
1 and ¼th teaspoon of salt
Dough Preparation Method
To save time, you could substitute with fresh thin-crust pizza dough. But if you’re more adventurous, here’s how to make this simple dough from scratch.
Melt the yeast in ½ cup of warm water along with a tiny bit of sugar (1/8th of a teaspoon)
Add all dough ingredients to your food processor, and let it knead for a few minutes until you get a dough. Alternatively you could also knead by hand by mixing all ingredients in a bowl.
Let the dough rest for 20 minutes as you now prepare the meat fillings.
Baking the Pies
Preheat oven to 500-520 degrees F
Once dough is ready, make it into rounds of 8 inches in diameter and ⅓ inch thick
Place dough on baking tray that has had some flour sprinkled on
Spread 3-4 tablespoons of meat topping evenly on every dough
Bake for about 10 minutes or until dough turns a bit golden. You could also end it with a 2-minute broil on High.
Serve hot along with any of the following side toppings: additional cayenne pepper, freshly squeezed lemon juice or even Tabasco sauce! You could also offer a Ayran Yogurt drink with it if available, this is basically plain yogurt watered down a bit and blended with some salt and ice. In Lebanese parties, meat pies and other similar pastries are sometimes served as Hors D’oeuvres and appetizers. You would typically find them made into small “mini-pizzas” of about 2.5 to 3 inches in diameter and served along a rainbow of other appetizers and mezza.
Recipe by Mama's Lebanese Kitchen - Traditional Lebanese Recipes at http://www.mamaslebanesekitchen.com/meats/lebanese-meat-pie-recipe-sfeeha-lahm-bi-ajeen/