My dear friend, Kalisa, made these Lebanese-from-Brazil  “fast food” delights when I visited last weekend.  They are amazing! Esfihas are like little Middle Eastern pizzas and the spices are super interesting!


  • 1 package frozen dinner rolls (she used Rhodes – they’re vegan!)
  • 1 lb ground beef substitute
  • 1 large white onion chopped fine
  • 1 large tomato chopped fine
  • 1/2 bunch parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • lemon wedges

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Thaw dinner rolls and let rise according to package instructions.


Saute onions until carmelized. Add ground beef substitute, tomato, parsley and spices and heat all the way through.


Take one thawed and risen roll and cut the dough in half.  Roll into a ball and flatten with the bottom of a juice glass. Try to make them as thin as possible.



Place flattened dough rounds on a cookie sheet and press a spoonful of filling into the dough. (This keeps the filling from falling off the final product.)



Kalisa, the hostess with the mostest!

Bake in a 400 degree oven until dough is slightly browned.


Serve with lemon wedges – a squeeze of lemon adds that perfect little bite of acid – and maybe a side of tabbouleh.


Make A LOT of them! You’ll want to eat A LOT and they reheat in the oven beautifully!


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