Ground Meat Phyllo Pie

Ground Meat Phyllo Pie, commonly known as Goullash with meat or “Goullash Bi Lahma” in Egypt .  Goullash is the Arabic name for phyllo dough.

This recipe comes from a distant relative who was also my grandma’s best friend. She is a great cook and my mama learned the recipe from her.

While researching about this recipe, I discovered that it is of Turkish origin and is known in Turkey as burek. Not a big surprise, after all the Turkish and the Middle Eastern cuisines are quite similar.

This Ground Meat Phyllo Pie is actually easy to make and is perfect for entertaining. The amount of milk used may seem like a lot but trust me, just follow the recipe and you will not be disappointed.

You will need:

  • 1 pack phyllo dough, 500 grams
  • 1 lb minced meat *
  • 2 tablespoons  samneh or ghee or butter **
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper (capsicum), chopped
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon all spice
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • Samneh, Ghee or Butter, for brushing between layers

* You can use ground beef or lamb. Or even a mix of both, which ever u prefer.

** As I always mention; Ghee or samneh is clarified butter. So they have higher burning point and are more flavorful. But if you don’t have it available, just use butter.


Ground Meat Phyllo Pie - melt butter then add onion

Start by making the filling.

In a pot, melt the samneh or butter. Then add the onion and cook until translucent.

Ground Meat Phyllo Pie - Add minced meat and brown

Add the minced meat and stir until browned.

Ground Meat Phyllo Pie - add bell pepper

Once the meat is nicely browned, add the green bell peppers and stir well.

Ground Meat Phyllo Pie - add tomato sauce

Season the mixture with the all-spice, salt and pepper. Then add the tomato paste and mix well.

Set the filling aside.

Ground Meat Phyllo Pie - place 1st layer

Now for the pie itself.

Melt the rest of the samneh or butter and set it aside.

Brush a baking sheet with a little of the melted butter, then place a sheet or two of phyllo dough. Brush the dough again with butter.

Ground Meat Phyllo Pie - Place second layer and brush

Repeat the process of brushing between layers of dough until half the packet of dough is used.

Ground Meat Phyllo Pie - place the filling

Place all the filling, minced meat and bell pepper mix. Spread it out and cover all the dough.

Ground Meat Phyllo Pie - keep layering

Then again repeat with layering and brushing with butter between layers until all the phyllo dough is used.

Ground Meat Phyllo Pie - add milk

Now I did the mistake of brushing the last top layer with butter, but u shouldn’t. Instead add the milk to it. This will help it get a nice golden color.

Ground Meat Phyllo Pie - add milk

I know 3/4 of a cup might seem like a lot of milk to add. But its not. This makes it moist enough for you to be able to slice it later on. If you don’t add it, it will be too crisp and will break when you slice it.

Bake it at medium heat for 30 mins. Until the bottom and top are golden color.

goulash or ground meat phyllo pie

Let it cool down a little, then slice the Ground Meat Phyllo Pie into squares.

Happy Baking, and as we say in Arabic “Sahha Wi Afia”

60 thoughts on “Ground Meat Phyllo Pie

  1. Oh, yum! I think they make something like this in the book Pomegranate Soup, it is a novel that ends each chapter with a recipe.
    I love they way you show step by step photographs with your recipe, very Jacques Pépin!

    1. Thanks Whatcheernetop… Im glad u like it … stay in touch 🙂
      Oh yea … I got curious about the book “Pomegranate Soup” and googled it … it sounds like a very interesting one … 🙂

    1. Thanx Biz319 … Well phyllo is a very easy dough to handle ..that only thing is that u have to make sure it doesnt dry out … and that as simple as covering it with a towel … let me know what u think of it when u get to try it … stay in touch 🙂

  2. Another hit! Your blog is so professional-looking. I love coming here. This is another one of your recipes I will definitely be making. I have used phyllo dough and, for me, a little canola oil in between layers works fine and has less cholesterol ( my problem). Tomorrow I will be trying out your dough recipe, and I may use this filling idea and shape it into a football shape for this Sunday’s Super Bowl. I’ll let you know how I make out.

  3. Hi Laila, looks yummy. I’ve been buying this from the farmers market outside my office, but now I’ll have to try making it myself.
    Melissa (Little Beans)

  4. I have been trying to clear out the freezer and in fact was wondering today what to do with that phyllo dough I bought. Burek, yum! I had it in Bosnia (where it must obviously be coming from the Turkish influence)–there was cheese, spinach, meat, and even potato (talk about carbohydrates: a potato burek? But filling). Thanks for the great idea!

    1. Thanx Sarabclever …glad to hear from u again … well u r right .. it has alot of different fillings and i know its not the healthiest thing to eat .. but it sure is tasty … let me know how it turns out .. and stay in touch 🙂

  5. I love this B’stilla, it’s my family favorite. I normally make this with ground lamb. Never tried it with beef though. It must tastes delicious too.

  6. I wish it’s easier to find these type of ingredients. Am dying to try these recipes, phyllo, tabbouleh, hummus… I miss these kind of food. Thanks for stopping by 😀

    1. I hope u get to find the ingredients Barefooteter.. maybe there is a specialty store or something … well stay in touch 🙂

    1. Thanx NaplesGirl.. glad to hear from you again… i used to be afraid of using it too but its actually very easy to handle … just make sure to get a good brand … you really should try it … Let me know how it turns out … 🙂

    1. Yea i think it can work .. but i never personally tried it .. There are people who fill it with even spinach and cheese … but i think if u try it with vegs it will turn nice … maybe saute the onion with carrots, potatoes (all cut into really small cubes) .. Then add the bell peppers, spices and tomato sauce … I think this will make a good filling … i will even try to make this soon 😛 .. let me know how it turns out when u get to try it … 🙂

  7. Hi, I’m just passing by via alphainventions.

    Your blog has some nice elaborate recipes, and I very much like the fact that the pictures don’t look manipulated or stylized like they usually do in traditional cook books (if they have pictures).

    Keep up the good work.

    1. Onlinepastrychef: it sure is a comfort food … simple to make … and very tasty … let me know if u try it … 🙂

  8. Laila ~ this turned out very good. I made it last night for dinner. The only thing I did different was the addtion of some feta cheese that I had to use up soon…so I added it on top of the meat mixture before add the top layer of phyllo.

    I made a salad of sliced cucumbers and red onions with garlic red wine vinegar to go along with it.

    My husband says Thank You for sharing the recipe. He’s quite enjoying all the new recipes that I’ve been trying.

    1. Im really glad you enjoyed it .. i bet the feta gave it a nice taste … and your salad sounds like a delicious side dish … im really happy with your feedback 😀 … stay in touch 🙂

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