Did you know that esfiha is also called sfiha in Arabic? It means meat with dough.
In Brazil, Esfiha is very popular, and we serve it in cocktails, birthdays and even weddings. Delicious!

Esfihas from Brazil

Esfihas from Brazil


500 gr. ground beef
1 large onion chopped and 1 tablespoon of garlic
2 tablespoon olive oil
Sal and pepper to taste
Tomato sauce

1 1/2 cup of WARM water
1 small cup of corn or canola oil
1 tea spoon of salt
1 table spoon of sugar
30 g of dry yeast or ( 3 table spoon of fresh yeast)

Mix in a blender  … You have to mix it all for 3 minutes.
In a bowl, put 750 gr of baking flour, make a hole in the middle, and begin to pour the mixture into the flour and mix with a fork and after it gets a good consistency, mix with your hands, for more 5 minutes, until it pulls away from the hand.
The dough must “rest” for 20 minutes.
After that make a roll and cut into 12 equal pieces. Open the dough (approximately 4 in diameter), place 1 tablespoon of the meat filling in the middle of the dough and close it by making a triangle (see the pictures). Place the Esfihas in a flour surface and let it rest for 30 minutes.
Bake in a hot oven, 400F for 20 minutes.


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