Sherryl Betesh's Meat Sambousak (Meat-Filled Sesame Pastries)
Total:
1 hr
Active:
45 min
Yield:
36 sambousak
Level:
Easy
Total:
1 hr
Active:
45 min
Yield:
36 sambousak
Level:
Easy

Ingredients

Filling:
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil 
  • 1 pound ground beef 
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt 
Dough:
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup semolina 
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder 
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt 
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) margarine, softened 
  • 3 ounces sesame seeds 

Directions

For the filling: Combine the onion and oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook until the onion is softened, about 3 minutes. Add the beef and cook, breaking up large clumps with a fork, until well browned, about 10 minutes. Add the allspice, cinnamon and salt, stirring to combine. Set aside to cool.

For the dough: Mix the flour, semolina, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Add the margarine and mix together with your fingers until small pea-size clumps form. Mix in warm water, a little at a time (up to 1/2 cup), until a soft dough forms. Shape the dough into 36 balls.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Put the sesame seeds on a plate. Place a dough ball on a cutting board and flatten into a 1/4-inch-thick round with your palm. Top with about a teaspoon of the filling. Fold the dough over the filling. Press the edges together, gently twisting with your thumb to form a fluted edge. Dip into the sesame seeds and place on a baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough balls. Reserve the extra filling for another use.

Bake the sambousak until lightly golden brown, about 15 minutes.

A viewer or guest of the show, who may not be a professional cook, provided this recipe. It has not been tested for home use.

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