Sephardic Recipes With A Modern Twist

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Syrian Meat Pies

Syrian Meat Pies


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LACH’MAJIN

For dough:

2 dozen store-bought small pizza dough rounds
1/2 cup avocado or canola oil

For topping:

1 pound ground beef
2 onions, finely chopped
3 ounces tomato paste
Juice of one lemon
1 cup tamarind concentrate
1 tablespoon allspice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon pepper

Pine nuts for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.

  2. Combine beef, onion, tomato paste, lemon juice and tamarind concentrate with all the spices.

  3. Mix well.

  4. Grease baking sheets with oil, then place pizza rounds on sheets. 

  5. Place heaping tablespoon of meat onto each round, spread and press firmly. 

  6. Bake pies for 15 to 20 minutes or until crust is golden brown. 

  7. Garnish with pine nuts.

Makes two dozen pies.