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Fatayer – Meat Pies

When family members come over I always aim to impress and sometimes impressing doesn’t necessarily mean making something difficult.

Fatayer are middle eastern meat pies which I like to serve with coffee and tea, they look pretty and are extremely tasty, the juices from the meats blending together and moistening the bread base. The fillings can vary but I make them with a mixture of beef and lamb mince meat, peppers and tomatoes. They are always a big hit so I guess that’s why I am confident in making the, mind you the fist time was quite hard and messy but now they take me less than an hour and come out splendid. The dough is actually quite easy to make and roll and can be prepared ahead and refrigerated.

Ingredients:

  • 2½ cups plain flour
  • 1½ teaspoons instant yeast (previously activated)
  • 1 tablespoon white granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup of lukewarm whole milk
  •  ⅓ cup olive oil

Place the flour in a bowl and make a well in the centre. Add the yeast, sugar and salt. Whisk the dry ingredients then add the milk and olive oil.

Mix well until combined then knead for 5 minutes.

Cover and let the dough rest for 10 to 15 minutes.

Meanwhile prepare your filling:

  • 1 medium red onion
  • 2 teaspoons of Allspice
  •  2 teaspoons of salt
  • 2 Table spoons of olive oil (I use extra virgin)
  • 1/2 Red pepper
  • 1/2 Green pepper
  • 1 Yellow pepper
  • 1 Firm tomato
  • 250g minced beef
  • 250g minced lamb

In a clean bowl mix the diced onions with the salt, oil and allspice

Next mix in your meats

Add your diced peppers

Add your diced tomato

Sprinkle with pepper and mix well.

Make sure everything is mixed properly.

Cover and go back to your dough.

Divide it into equal pieces (should make about 50) and roll into balls

With a rolling pin flatten one ball as if you were making a small pizza. You can use your fingers but I just prefer the rolling pin. Make sure it is not too think as that will prevent it from cooking properly.

Place one tablespoon of the filling into the middle of your circle, lift the corners and pinch them together on both sides.

Repeat for every ball.

It should look similar to an eye shape.

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Bake at 200degrees or 180 in a fan assisted oven for about 15 minutes or until golden.

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Serve hot and enjoy!

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