Lebanese Meat Pies (Sfeeha)

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 20 mins

These small pies are easy to make and delicious. The leftovers are great for lunch.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 450ºF.
  2. Cut the pizza dough into 8 pieces, form the pieces into balls, cover and let sit.
  3. Heat a nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Add the meat, onion, and pine nuts and cook until the meat is browned and the onions are transparent.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients, stir until completely combined, and remove from heat. Taste and add more tomato paste or seasonings if needed. Set aside.
  5. To form the pies: Flatten a ball of dough into a disk. Roll out into a circle about 6" wide and 1/8" thick.
  6. Place some of the filling - about 1/4 cup - into the center of the dough.
  7. Fold the edges of the dough over the filling into a triangle, pinching the seams to seal them and leaving a small opening in the center. (You can also fold it into a square, or spread the filling out to the edges and leave the pies flat.).
  8. Place the pies on a lightly-oiled baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes, until the dough has started to brown.
Most Helpful

Delicious, and pretty quick to make. I used ground lamb and the pepper/allspice (since I didn't have all the components to make the Syrian pepper blend). They're great hot from the oven, but they're equally good at room temp. Thanks for posting! Made for PAC Fall '12

Muffin Goddess October 30, 2012

These are Fattiyah, not Sfeeha which are opened faced. Forget the tomato paste..it ruins the flavor. The lemon juice is important. Your meat pie will be chewy and tough if you use pizza dough so please make your own dough using all purpose flour or frozen french bread dough. Don't use canned biscuits.

lovestocookinNOVA November 15, 2015

Our family made this different. We used potatoes, onion, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Mixed together. We don't pre-cook the ingredients. Put it all in the dough, fold and bake.<br/>Also, tip: Use Pillsbury Hot Roll mix! Follow directions and roll out the balls fill and bake.

holly t. February 25, 2014