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Beef Fatire

Chef Rami Aboumrad,
Baraka Pita Bakery & Mediterranean Deli

Seven spice powder can be purchased at Halal Meat Centre (206 Maryland St, 774-8095) or Superstore. Set off the subtle spices with a squeeze of lemon or dab of hot sauce.

Ingredients
Dough
2 cups flour
1 cup water
1 tsp salt
1 tsp yeast
1/2 tsp sugar

Beef Mixture
5 medium-sized tomatoes
2 onions
1 tsp seven spice
1 tsp oregano, fresh or dried
1 tsp parsley, fresh or dried
1 Tbsp salt
1 tsp seasoning salt
1 tsp black pepper
1.1 lbs (500 grams) ground beef
canola oil for pan

Method
Dough
1. In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients until well blended using a wooden spoon.
2. Set aside to let dough rise, about 30 mins.
3. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough to 1/8″ thickness.
4. Using a cookie cutter or drinking glass, cut out circles of dough.

Beef Mixture
1. Using a food processor, liquify tomatoes, herbs, onions and spices.
2. In a mixing bowl, combine tomato purée and ground beef.
3. Place a strainer in a bowl. Drain beef mixture in strainer, discard excess liquid.

Assembly
1. Preheat oven to 400°C.
2. Drop 1 Tbsp of beef mixture on the centre of each dough circle.
3. Use fingers to fold and pinch dough into six pointed stars.
4. Place fatire on a lightly oiled baking sheet.  Lightly brush oil on edges.
5. Bake until bottom and edges of fatire are golden brown and meat is cooked through, about 12 mins.

Yield 3 dozen

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