Esfihas

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!

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  • 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.

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

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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.

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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.)

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Kalisa, the hostess with the mostest!

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

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

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

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