Lebanese Meat Pies (Fatayer Blahmeh)

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Lebanese meat pies, also known as Fatayeh Blahmeh (فطائر باللحم), are delicious savory empanada looking pastries that are filled with a flavorful spiced ground beef mixture. They are made in different shapes and sizes based on preference, and served with a side of yogurt bowl.

Meat pies (Fatayer Blahmeh) are a very popular all around the world, not only in Lebanon. They may be called something different in another country and different cultures make them slightly different. So there is no right or wrong way.

A platter of freshly baked individual meat pies.

Lebanese meat pies bring back lots of beautiful childhood memories. As a kid, I used to buy them at the cafeteria in school with along with a can of soda. It was one of my favorite lunch choice at school. My mom would also make a batch for us here and there at home for dinner or we just had them during the day at snack time.

If you like Authentic Lebanese recipes, you can find many more recipes to enjoy with your family from my Lebanese Recipes collection. Some of my favorites include my Kibbeh Bil Sanieh (Baked Kibbeh) and Manakeesh Zaatar.

Why You’ll Love This Fatayer recipe

  • The dough is versatile. This is such a versatile dough, it can be used to make many things like mana’ish, pizzas, spinach pies and turnovers. So you can totally make a double batch of the dough and use it for another recipe!
  • It’s so easy to make from scratch. All the ingredients are simple everyday ingredients that you can find at your local grocery store or might already be in your pantry.
  • It’s freezer friendly. Make a huge batch and freeze them individually so you can pull them out whenever the craving strikes.

What You’ll Need

  • Oil for brushing
  • Flour for dusting

The Dough

  • All purpose flour
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Instant yeast
  • Baking powder
  • Canola or vegetable oil
  • Whole fat yogurt
  • Milk — whole works best
Ingredients to make meat pie dough.

The Meat Filling

  • Ground beef — I use lean ground beef
  • Onion
  • Pine nuts
  • Olive oil
  • Black pepper
  • 7 spice or all spice
  • Salt
  • Sumac
  • Red bell pepper powder or paprika
Ingredients to make meat pies.

How To Make Lebanese Meat Pies or Fatayer BLahmeh

  • Make the dough: Mix the dry and wet ingredients separately before combining them by mixing with an electric stand mixer to combine well using a flour dough hook for 2-4 minutes on low speed.
Making the meat pie dough: set of three photos showing the dry ingredients being mixed with wet then kneaded.
  • Let the dough rise: Remove the dough from the bowl and sprinkle some flour on a cutting board. Knead the dough a little with your hands and then from a nice ball shape. Spray the bowl with some oil spray and return the dough back to the bowl. Cover and let the dough rest for 1 hour.

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