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sambousek meat pastries on a plate

Sambousek Meat Pastries (Sambousek Lahme)

  • Author: Mariam
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 40 pieces 1x


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) 


  1. Make the dough recipe. Or, use store-bought dough (see notes).
  2. Start making the meat filling by heating up the vegetable oil on a nonstick stovetop pan.
  3. Add the ground meat and cook until slightly brown, then add the onion and spices (cinnamon, allspice, and seven spices). Cook until done.
  4. If using the pomegranate and pine nuts add them at the end of the meat's cooking process.
  5. Set the filling aside. 
  6. Split the dough into small circles. Use a rolling pin to spread out each piece. 
  7. Use a medium-sized cookie cutter to make cuts in the dough and keep doing this until you have no dough left. 
  8. Place each flat dough piece in the palm of your hand. 
  9. Fill it with around a teaspoon of meat (don't overfill it). 
  10. Close up the circle to create a crescent shape. Tightly close it up on the corners and make twists on the sides. 
  11. Heat up the frying oil and start adding the sambousek pieces (you can do this in batches). 
  12. Once they turn golden brown, remove them from the frying pan and place them on a plate lined with kitchen paper. 
  13. Once the excess oil is gone, transfer the pieces to a serving dish. 
  14. Serve & enjoy! 


  1. 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

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