Lahma Bajeen - Meat Pies

"Meat Pies These freeze well pre baked."
photo by Jamilahs_Kitchen photo by Jamilahs_Kitchen
photo by Jamilahs_Kitchen
Ready In:
2hrs 20mins
18 pies




  • Dough:

  • Dissolve the sugar in the ¼ cup water. Sprinkle the yeast over the water and let ferment and bubble.
  • In a large bowl combine the yeast, flour, salt, olive oil, egg, and warm milk. Knead until a soft dough is formed. Dough will be slightly sticky, so always make sure your hands have a little olive oil on them.
  • Lightly grease the same bowl with olive oil. Return the dough to the bowl, cover with a clean cloth and leave in a warm dry place for at least 2 hours, until doubled.
  • Meat Filling :

  • Heat the olive oil in a heavy large skillet over medium high heat. Add the ground lamb or beef and stir and cook until the meat is crumbly and it is no longer pink.
  • Stir in the chopped onion and cook, stirring until the onion is soft , about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the pine nuts and all of the spices and seasonings. Stir and cook for one minute. Add the chopped tomatoes.
  • Cover the skillet , reduce the heat to low and cook for 10-15 minutes until the tomato is soft.
  • Remove from heat. Stir in the fresh lemon juice.
  • The mixture should not be watery but it should be moist. Set aside to cool.
  • Assembly:

  • Take fist-fulls of the dough and on a floured surface roll out into small balls. Let rest for 5 minutes. Flatten each dough ball into 4” disc, about ½” thick.
  • Place on a lightly oiled baking sheet and top with meat. Repeat with remaining dough and meat.
  • Bake until golden brown, about 18-20 minutes. Serve warm.
  • Best way to eat: Serve hot out of the oven or warm with fresh lemon or plain yogurt.

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  1. Now I am by no means an expert of Arab cuisine, so my opinions are derived from the experiences I've had at my local restaurants. This recipe is good , however, I think : 1- The dough should taste more like naan bread. This one tastes more like a typical Americanized pizza dough. 2-The meat filling is good but it's lacking consistency. It's also too dry tasting. Perhaps using a bit more of a tomato base (sauce/paste/etc) would solve this.
  2. I made the dough in my bread machine. I had to add more flour to it while it was mixing. When I removed it from the bread machine, it was all puffy. It was easy to work with. I made 8 lahma bajeen. The dough is great (texture and taste). I baked them at 350 F for 20 minutes and then it was not enough. Maybe it would have been better at a highter heat. It's not mentionned in the recipe. We may use less lemon juice and omit the cinnamon. Thanks Jamilah :) Made for Ramadan tag game<br/><br/> * 1 egg<br/> * 1 (7 g) packets dry active yeast<br/> * 1/4 cup war water<br/> * 1 teaspoon sugar<br/> * 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour<br/> * 1 teaspoon salt<br/> * 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus<br/> * 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil<br/> * 1 1/4 cups warm milk<br/><br/><br/>Meat Filling<br/><br/> * 1 tablespoon olive oil<br/> * 1 lb fresh coarsely groundlamb, and or 1 lb ground beef<br/> * 1 medium onion, chopped fine<br/> * 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon<br/> * 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice<br/> * 1/4 teaspoon black pepper<br/> * 1/4 teaspoon white pepper<br/> * salt<br/> * 1/4 cup pine nuts, sauteed in butter<br/> * 1/2 cup chopped tomato<br/> * 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice<br/> * extra olive oil
  3. These are fabulous! I made a double batch and added a bit of pomegranate molasses and some fresh mint to the mix and I could eat this everyday and never get bored! Made the extra to freeze and have as a convenient take along for picnics or a quick lunch. Yum!
  4. wonderful meat pies, i will make these often! made and reviewed for cookbook tag in the games forum
  5. Very tasty! I loved the cinnamon and allspice in the meat mixture. I used the pine nuts, but didn't saute them in butter first. Dough was easy to work with. I made some as written and the rest I added some crumbled goat cheese to. I froze about half of them to take for lunches or for a quick dinner. Made for Ramadan 2009 tag game.


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