Sambousek meat pastries are an incredible freezer-friendly appetizer. Homemade dough is stuffed with minced meat, then fried until golden.
- homemade dough ajeen recipe (or store-bought dough, see notes)
- 1 lb (500 grams) minced beef or minced lamb
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon powdered cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon allspice
- 1 teaspoon seven spices
- dash of salt
- 2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses (optional)
- a handful of pine nuts (optional)
- 1-2 cups vegetable oil (for frying)
- Make the dough recipe. Or, use store-bought dough (see notes).
- Start making the meat filling by heating up the vegetable oil on a nonstick stovetop pan.
- Add the ground meat and cook until slightly brown, then add the onion and spices (cinnamon, allspice, and seven spices). Cook until done.
- If using the pomegranate and pine nuts add them at the end of the meat's cooking process.
- Set the filling aside.
- Split the dough into small circles. Use a rolling pin to spread out each piece.
- Use a medium-sized cookie cutter to make cuts in the dough and keep doing this until you have no dough left.
- Place each flat dough piece in the palm of your hand.
- Fill it with around a teaspoon of meat (don't overfill it).
- Close up the circle to create a crescent shape. Tightly close it up on the corners and make twists on the sides.
- Heat up the frying oil and start adding the sambousek pieces (you can do this in batches).
- Once they turn golden brown, remove them from the frying pan and place them on a plate lined with kitchen paper.
- Once the excess oil is gone, transfer the pieces to a serving dish.
- Serve & enjoy!
- If not making the dough from scratch, there are a couple of substitutions for store-bought dough. Pizza dough, whole-wheat biscuit dough, and dinner roll dough are all suitable options for this recipe.
- Category: Appetizer
- Method: Frying
- Cuisine: Lebanese
- Serving Size: 1 piece
- Calories: 101 calories
- Sugar: 0 g
- Sodium: 60 mg
- Fat: 5 g
- Saturated Fat: 1 g
- Unsaturated Fat: 4 g
- Trans Fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 9 g
- Fiber: 0 g
- Protein: 3 g
- Cholesterol: 5 mg
Keywords: sambousek, meat pastries, ground meat pastries, sambousek lahme