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Sfeeha (Middle Eastern meat Pies)

Good morning lovely friends! Today, I present to you Sfeeha. These Middle Eastern Meat pies are to die for any time of the day. My husband is a big fan of making dough. He is an even bigger fan of eating red meat. So, you can say that this is right up his alley. I have been meaning to make meat pies for a while now; I haven’t made these in 2 years! Yesterday, the weather was gloomy and snowing in Chicago and made for the perfect day to stay in and bake with my husband.

I added the easy dough recipe below which is delicious for pizza nights too! This dough bakes super fluffy and melts in your mouth. It is great for stuffing ingredients or a flat-faced pie. The meat recipe for the sfeeha is below that. Combine the two and you have a killer savory meat pie.

Can’t wait to see what you make these and enjoy them with your family!

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5 from 10 votes

Easy Dough

This dough recipe can be used to make anything from pizza to savory Middle Eastern pies known as mo3ajanat.
Prep Time2 hrs
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dough making, dough recipe, easy dough recipe, Fufus Kitchen, middle eastern cheese pies, pizza dough
Servings: 2 large pizza pies
Author: Heifa


  • 5 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Olive Oil
  • 2 cups Water, lukewarm
  • 1 packet Fast Rising Yeast about 2-3 tsp
  • 2 tbsp Dried Milk Powder optional, does add extra fluffiness to the dough however


  • This recipe can either be done by hand or using the dough handle for the Kitchenaid.
  • First, mix together in the desired bowl the yeast, sugar, salt, milk powder, lukewarm water, and 2 cups flour until well combined.
  • Cover with a towel and allow this to rest for 15 minutes.
  • Then, add the olive oil and the remaining 3 cups of flour to the dough. It may be easier to do so one cup at a time. Use either dough hook or hands to bring this together.
  • If the dough is too sticky at this point, add a pinch of flour to work with it.
  • Shape it like a big ball and cover it with a towel for 1 hour.
  • Divide it into smaller balls (around 25) for meat, spinach, za'atar, and cheese pies and rest for another 45 minutes covered with a towel preferably in a warm area. If using for pizza dough, just divide dough in half for 2 large pies.
  • When ready to bake the desired pie, place in a 350 F oven for about 20 minutes for the savory pies and around 25-30 minutes for a large pizza. Keep an eye on it after 20 minutes.
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5 from 6 votes

Sfeeha (Middle Eastern Meat Pies)

These delicious meat pies are a Middle Eastern crowd pleaser! Imagine a bite of fluffy yet crisp dough topped with flavorsome ground meat that has been mixed with spices and vegetables. It really is the perfect appetizer, side dish, brunch, and or dinner. You can have these any time of the day and be happy!
Prep Time2 hrs
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time2 hrs 25 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Keyword: arabic brunch item, arabic meat pie, Fufus Kitchen, how to make meat pies, how to make sfeeha, meat pies, savorypies, sfeeha
Servings: 24 pieces
Author: Heifa


  • 1 lb Ground Beef You can also use ground lamb or mix the two.
  • 1 tsp Pomegranate Molasses
  • 1 tsp Tahini (optional)
  • 1 tbsp Seven Spice
  • 1 tsp Allspice
  • 1 packet of Ziyad Brand Liyye Seasoning This gives a smoky lamb flavor. If you are using lamb, it is not necessary. In general, this is optional but adds a great depth of flavor.
  • 1 tsp Chili paste and/or Tomato paste
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon

Salsa Mixture for the meat

  • 1 Tomato
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 cup Fresh Parsley
  • 2 Garlic cloves


  • Process the ingredients for the salsa in a food processor. Drain the veggie mixture from its excess liquid.
  • Add all the ingredients for the meat and 4-5 tbsp of the salsa mix to the meat and mix together very well.

Assembly & Cook time

  • Once the dough is ready, flatten out the ball sized dough into what looks like a thin pita shape. Top it off with a spoonful of the meat mixture and spread that around the center but leaving 1 inch around the edges. Repeat this step with all the dough.
  • Bake in a 350 F oven for 20-25 minutes until browned at the bottom and broil for another 1 minute to brown the top.


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