Savory pastry - This is a meat pies perfect for mezzeh or as a side
dish and can be served hot or at room temperature. Filling and dough can be
made ahead and refrigerated, or the pastries can be made and frozen, then baked
or fried later. In Douma, they were usually fried, because people did not have
ovens in their homes; today, baking them is recognized as more healthful. It is
worth trying both methods to discover which you prefer.
- Combine butter with salt and flour - mix well by hand to blend
- Dissolve yeast in lukewarm water - after five minutes, knead into
- Divide dough and roll into four balls - cover and let rest for
half an hour while you make the filling.
- Then roll dough out on a lightly
floured board to Vs-inch thickness - cut into circles about three inches (8 cm.)
- Fill each with a tablespoon of filling - fold in half and pinch curved
edges to seal, forming fat half-moons.
- Fry in equal parts of olive oil and
clarified butter over high heat until golden.
- To bake, arrange pastries on a
tray and bake 10 minutes at 450°F on bottom rack, then move tray to top rack for
10 minutes more or until browned.
- 2 c. chopped onions
- ¾ tsp. salt
- 2 tbs. olive oil
- ½ c. pine nuts
- 1 lb. ground or finely-chopped lamb
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- ¾ tsp. black pepper
- ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
- 6 whole allspice berries, freshly ground, or ¾ tsp. ground
- ½ c. labnah or kefir cheese
- 2 tbs. lemon juice
- Sauté onions and salt in olive oil over medium heat until
onions are translucent - add pine nuts and saute a few more minutes.
- Add meat,
stirring occasionally for 10 minutes.
- Just before meat is done, add seasonings
and cook two more minutes.
- Remove from heat.
- Add labnah and mix well.
- Mix in lemon juice.
- Taste and adjust seasoning.