Savory Symphony: Sfeeha Delights


Embark on a culinary journey with Savory Symphony: Sfeeha Delights, a traditional Middle Eastern dish that transforms simple ingredients into a gastronomic masterpiece. These open-faced meat pies blend finely minced meat with rich spices, spread on a soft, doughy base, and baked to golden perfection. Each bite offers a harmonious blend of flavors, making Sfeeha a favorite at gatherings, a staple for family meals, and a delightful snack any time of day.

Savory Symphony: Sfeeha Delights

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 6 people
  • Serving Size: 2 pies

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 300 kcal
  • Protein: 15 g
  • Carbohydrates: 25 g
  • Fat: 15 g
  • Sodium: 300 mg
  • Fiber: 2 g


For the Dough

  • All-purpose flour: 500 grams (17.6 ounces / 1.1 pounds)
  • Dry yeast: 10 grams (0.35 ounces / 0.022 pounds)
  • Warm water: 250 ml (8.5 ounces / 0.55 pounds)
  • Olive oil: 30 ml (1 ounce / 0.066 pounds)
  • Salt: 5 grams (0.18 ounces / 0.01 pounds)

For the Filling

  • Ground beef or lamb: 400 grams (14.1 ounces / 0.88 pounds)
  • Onion, finely chopped: 100 grams (3.5 ounces / 0.22 pounds)
  • Tomatoes, finely diced: 200 grams (7.1 ounces / 0.44 pounds)
  • Pine nuts: 50 grams (1.76 ounces / 0.11 pounds)
  • Ground allspice: 5 grams (0.18 ounces / 0.01 pounds)
  • Ground cinnamon: 2 grams (0.07 ounces / 0.004 pounds)
  • Salt and pepper: to taste

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Dough Preparation: Mix flour, yeast, warm water, olive oil, and salt to form a soft dough. Let it rise until doubled in size.
  2. Making the Filling: Combine ground meat, onions, tomatoes, pine nuts, allspice, cinnamon, salt, and pepper.
  3. Assembling Pies: Divide the dough into small balls. Roll each into a circle and place on a baking sheet. Spread the meat mixture on top.
  4. Baking: Bake in a preheated oven at 200°C (390°F) until the dough is cooked and the tops are golden.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Ensure the dough is not too thick for a perfectly cooked base.
  • Browning the meat mixture before spreading on the dough can enhance the flavor.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I make Sfeeha ahead of time?

Yes, prepare them up to the baking stage and refrigerate. Bake when ready to serve.

Is there a vegetarian alternative for the filling?

Absolutely, try a mixture of spinach, feta cheese, and herbs.

How long do Sfeeha last?

They can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days and reheated in the oven.