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Sfeeha Meat Pies

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Sfeeha, originating from the Levantine region, is a savory pastry cherished for centuries. Its popularity spans the globe, appealing to diverse palates with its flavorful meat filling encased in soft dough. Loved for its portable nature and comforting aroma, Sfeeha is enjoyed by locals and international food enthusiasts alike, symbolizing the rich culinary heritage of the Middle East.

Sfeeha, or Fatayer, is typically enjoyed as a savory snack or appetizer. It's often served alongside other dishes or as part of a mezze spread, especially during gatherings, parties, or social events in the Middle Eastern culture. Additionally, Sfeeha can be eaten on its own as a quick bite throughout the day. It pairs well with fresh yogurt or a squeeze of lemon for added flavor. While it's not uncommon to find Sfeeha being enjoyed for breakfast, its versatility allows it to be consumed at any time of the day, depending on personal preferences and culinary traditions.

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  • 600 ml warm milk
  • 700 g all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp instant yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3 tbsp olive oil or vegetable oil


  • 500 g lamb ground meat
  • 2 onions
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 small bell pepper
  • 1 chili (optional)
  • 1/3 cup parsley
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp "7 spice" or "all spice"
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • Optional: pomegranate molasses

7 Spice Blend

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg


  1. Mix warm milk, sugar, and yeast in a bowl. Add salt and vegetable oil.
  2. Stir in flour and baking powder; mix without kneading for 1 minute.
  3. Knead for 7-10 minutes until smooth. Let rise for 1-2 hours.
  4. Blend onions, tomatoes, and bell pepper. Mix with lamb meat and spices.
  5. Strain excess liquid from the filling.
  6. Roll dough 0.5 cm thick, add filling, and seal.
  7. Brush with egg yolk and milk mixture for a golden color.
  8. Place on baking tray. Bake at 180°C (365°F) for 10-12 mins.
  9. Serve with fresh yogurt and lemon squeeze.

Enjoy the Middle Eastern delight of Sfeeha with this soft and light dough recipe!


Recipe serves 40-45 pies.
Per pie:

Kcal 113
Fats 4.2 g
Carbs 14.6 g
Protein 4.3 g
Fiber 0.8 g
Sugar 1.6 g