Mediterranean Meat Pies (Sfeeha)


This savory Lebanese meat pie recipe is a takeoff on one from my Lebanese mother-in-law (who is one of the very best cooks I know). She makes the dough from scratch, but I use puff pastry instead to save time. These little pies are great for an appetizer or as a side dish!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
36 small pies


  • 1 pound ground beef

  • ½ pound ground lamb

  • 1 white onion, finely chopped

  • ¾ cup pine nuts

  • teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • cup lemon juice

  • 2 (17.3 ounce) packages frozen puff pastry, thawed

  • 1 egg, beaten


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in ground beef, ground lamb, onion, pine nuts, cinnamon, and salt and black pepper. Cook and stir until meat is crumbly, evenly browned, and no longer pink. Drain and discard any excess grease.

  2. Stir in lemon juice. Taste and adjust the seasonings. Let the meat mixture cool.

  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a baking sheet or line it with parchment paper.

  4. Roll out thawed pastry sheets to about 1/8 inch thick. Using a sharp 3-inch round cookie cutter, cut out at least 9 rounds per sheet. Lightly brush the inside edges with a little water, and place about 2 teaspoons of filling into the middle of each round. Fold the pastry round in half to cover the filling and seal the edges well. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet and repeat with the remaining dough circles.

  5. Brush each pie with a little egg wash. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes.

Editor's Note

For following halal rules, look for puff pastry dough that isn't made with lard.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

412 Calories
29g Fat
26g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 18
Calories 412
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 29g 37%
Saturated Fat 8g 39%
Cholesterol 34mg 11%
Sodium 162mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 3mg 13%
Calcium 14mg 1%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 174mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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