Beef Fatayer

Nicole P.


Fatayer is a Middle Eastern meat pie pastry that can alternatively be stuffed with spinach, cheese or meat. I made 2 flavors today, one being the spinach (triangle) and the meat (square)
The pastry texture is more like a bread type than a pie crust :)
And again, this recipe was handed down from my Lebanese friend Joumana :)
On this page, i am posting the beef fatayer recipe (i will share the spinach one shortly)


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about 30 (depends how much dough you use!)


  • ·
    to make bread type dough:
  • 2 c
    warm water
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 3 Tbsp
  • 5 c
    bread flour
  • 1/4 c
    oil (i used olive)
  • 1 1/2 tsp

  • 2 lb
    spinach (fresh or frozen..i used frozen)
  • 1
    small chopped onion
  • ·
    juice of 2 lemons
  • 1/4 to 1/3 c
    oil (once again, i chose olive oil!!)
  • ·
    salt and pepper to taste

  • 2 lb
    ground beef or ground lamb (or both)
  • 2
    large tomatoes (finely diced)
  • 1/2 c
    parsley (finely chopped)
  • 1/4 c
    tomato paste
  • 1/2 c
    tomato sauce
  • 2 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1
    onion (finely chopped)

How to Make Beef Fatayer


    1. Thaw the spinach and then cut up and wash it and make sure to drain it very well!! This is a VERY important step, you do not want to keep any liquid from the spinach, it needs to be water-free!
    2. Add chopped onion (since I’m not a huge onion fan, we’ll go with 1 large onion, maybe a little more)
    3. Add lemon to taste ( I prefer it tart, so aim for 1 large lemon per lb. of spinach = 2 lemons for this)
    4. Add oil to the mix
    5. Add salt, pepper and a little bit of sumac
    Mix together to get something similar to a 'paste'

    Pinch off about 2 1/2″ balls of dough and roll out into a 4″ circle. Put a heaping tablespoon of the spinach filling in the middle of each circle. Fold up from the bottom to the middle and bring in sides to the center to form a triangle. Press down on the seams firmly and pinch ends together.

    Place the fatayer on a cookie sheet that has been brushed with butter or olive oil and place the pies on the tray. Brush the tops with oil and put in a preheated 500 degree oven for 15 minutes or until a little brown.
    Mix all above ingredients together

    Instead of making into triangles, you will make squares. Just add a tablespoon of the mixture to the middle of the square dough and pinch each side of the edge to hold the meat. Put on a greased cookie sheet and bake on 500 for 15 minutes.

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About Beef Fatayer

Course/Dish: Meat Appetizers
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Middle Eastern

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