Sfeeha

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Sfeeha or Sfiha depending on how you like to spell it is a very popular side dish in the LEVANT region. A pie-like dish served with various filling but traditionally meat. Now everyone is biased to their moms food for sure, but I can safely say that our entire family and extended family is biased to my mom’s signature Sfeeha recipe, try it and enjoy, the filling is to die for regardless of how thin/thick you would like your dough to be.

Dough Ingredients

  • 5 Cups Flour
  • 1 TBSP Yeast + 1 TBSP Sugar in 1 Cup Warm Water
  • ½ Cup Veggie Oil
  • ½ TSP Salt
  • 1 TBSP Baking Powder
  • ½ Cup Yogurt
  • 1 Cup Warm Water

Dough Directions

  • Mix sugar and yeast in a cup of warm water. Set aside until bubbly for 8 – 10 minutes
  • Mix dry ingredients in a bowl and create a well in the mixture
  • Mix yogurt with half of the warm water cup mixture, kneading it until dough sets
  • Add remaining cup of water gradually on as needed basis to make your dough to your liking until no longer sticky
  • Wrap in a blanket and set aside for 4 -5 hours before use

Sfeeha Filling Ingredients

  • 400 grams baby veal minced twice
  • 2 Large Onions diced finely
  • 4 TBSP Vegetable Oil
  • Half a 1/3 cup of red vinegar
  • 1 Medium tomato diced finely
  • 2 Green peppers deseeded and diced finely
  • 1 TSP Cinnamon
  • 2 TSPS of Spices بهار (Black Pepper and Sweet Pepper Mix)
  • 1/3 Cup Tahini
  • 1/3 Cup Lemon
  • 1/3 Cup Yogurt Zabadi

Sfeeha Filling Directions

  • In a pan, add 2 TBSP of oil and cook meanwhile adding cinnamon, spices, and salt, stirring occasionally for 10 minutes
  • In another pan, cook onions until tender and then top with meat until it absorbs all liquid. Remove from heat and set aside for mixture to completely cool down.
  • Add onion/meat mixture to a bowl, then add red vinegar, lemon, yogurt, tahini, and stir. Then add tomatoes, and green peppers and mix well.
  • Tip: If the mixture is too dry add one TBSP of Red vinegar.

Sfeeha Assembly

  • Make dough into small balls and flatten to thickness of your liking
  • Make a small well using your fingers and add a tbsp of filling to each
  • Place all in an oil coated oven dish or tray
  • Bake in preheated oven at 200 C until red or golden brown to your preference

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