Sfiha is a traditional pizza-like dish. It has many variation and is made differently from one country to another. There are two ways of making Sfiha, one is made with tomatoes, like in this recipe, while the other is with Tahini sauce.
Sfiha is a basic yeast dough, similar to a pizza dough, that is stuffed with a spiced lamb meat mixture. It may look intimidating to make but its actually not difficult at all. I will try to explain it as much as I can and I hope all the photos will help in simplifying the process.
You will need:
- My Basic Dough Recipe, triple the recipe.
- 1 pound minced lamb meat, around 500 grams *
- 1 big onion, chopped finely
- 2 big tomatoes, chopped finely
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon sumac spice
- 1 teaspoon all spice
- Salt and Pepper to taste, plus more for tomatoes and onions
* Usually we use lamb and sometimes we use half minced lamb and half beef. If you don’t have it available you can use beef only. Don’t worry it will taste just as good.
After making the dough and while u are waiting for it to rise. Place each of the tomatoes and onions in a separate sieve and add a little salt to it, around half a teaspoon. This will help in releasing all there juices. Allow both to drain of their liquids for around half an hour. Press lightly with the back of the spoon to make sure it doesn’t have much liquid left.
In a bowl, mix the minced meat, tomatoes, onion, sumac, and tomato paste. Then season with all-spice, salt and pepper. Be careful not to add a lot of salt as the tomatoes and onions already have some.
Using your hands, mix the meat well and make sure everything is well incorporated.
Use any method you are comfortable with and shape the dough into 2 to 2 1/2 inch balls.
Place all the dough balls on baking sheets.
Take the meat mix (about 2 tablespoons each) and without flattening the dough, simply press it down. So first place the meat.
Then press it down.
And spread it out a little. Follow the photos one by one and you will understand exactly what I mean.
Make sure that the meat is well pressed down or it will pop out of the dough while baking.
If the meat mix gets over and you still have some dough left. Simply flatten it out and spread some white cheese spread on it.
Bake the Sfiha on medium heat for half an hour or until the meat is done and its nice and golden.
Serve the Sfiha straight out of the oven with pickles and green olives.
Happy Baking, and as we say in Arabic “Sahha Wi Afia”