Step by step recipe
Put the 350 grams of wheat flour in a large container together with the baking powder envelope. Stir so that they integrate.
Cut the 50 grams of butter at room temperature into small cubes and add them to the flour along with 100 milliliters of water. Work with your hands until the ingredients have blended together and you have achieved a homogeneous and elastic dough.
Roll the dough into a ball and let it rest for 1 hour at room temperature covered with a clean kitchen towel.
While the dough is resting, begin to make the filling. Put the 300 grams of minced beef in a container and add the chopped onion and red pepper, as well as 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
Mix the filling with your hands and then add the spices: 1 small tablespoon of sweet paprika, ½ tablespoon of cumin, 2 tablespoons of parsley and coriander, a pinch of ground black pepper, and salt to taste. Stir until all the ingredients have been integrated.
Divide the dough into 12 or 14 portions and make small balls with each of them. Then roll each piece of dough with a rolling pin until it is wafer-shaped. Put a generous tablespoon of filling in the middle of the dough.
Close the fatayer by folding both sides as if it were a caramel, but the filling in the center should not be covered by the dough. Make sure the sides are tightly closed by pressing down with a fork.
Place the fatayers on a baking tray covered with greaseproof paper and put them in the oven previously heated to 180ºC for 15 minutes.
When the dough has turned a slightly golden hue, remove them from the oven and serve hot or cold.
The fatayer is a kind of small meatloaf that has a lot of resemblance to traditional dumplings. A dish of Arab origin that is usually consumed in countries such as Iraq, Egypt, Jordan, or Palestine. Although the exact moment when the fatayer was born is not known, it is believed that during the Middle Ages this recipe became popular as a way to preserve meat for a longer time once it was cooked. The traditional fatayer recipe has a filling of beef meat that is accompanied by other ingredients such as onion, pepper, and different spices. However, you can also find other variants that substitute meat for spinach -sabanekh- or for cheese-Jinnah-. If you want to learn how to prepare your own homemade fatayers, here is the recipe with which you will get a guaranteed delicious result.
To start preparing the dough for these fatayers, the first thing you will have to do is put the 350 grams of wheat flour in a large container and add the envelope of baking powder. Stir so that both ingredients are integrated and then chop the 50 grams of butter before adding it to the dough. It is important that you have removed the butter from the refrigerator a couple of hours before starting the recipe, otherwise, it will be too hard for you to work with. Finally, add 100 milliliters of water and mix everything with your hands, working the dough until it has a homogeneous and elastic texture. Then make a ball with it and leave it in the container covered with a clean kitchen cloth so that stand at room temperature for 1 hour.
Meanwhile, prepare the mixture with which you are going to fill the fatayers. This time it is the classic meat filling, although you can also find other versions with spinach or cheese. Peel and finely chop the onion and put it in a bowl next to the 300 grams of beef already minced. Next, wash the red pepper with plenty of tap water, remove the stem and cut it into small pieces, making sure that it is perfectly clean of seeds and skins. Put it in the container with the rest of the filling and also add 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 small tablespoon of sweet paprika, ½ tablespoon of cumin, and 2 tablespoons of parsley and coriander. Also, add a pinch of ground black pepper and salt to taste. Mix everything with your hands or a tablespoon until the ingredients are completely combined.
The next step will be to remove the dough from the container in which it has been resting and that will have already grown due to the yeast. Cut it into small portions, depending on the size you want the fatayers to be. With this recipe, you will have enough dough to make between 12 and 14. Shape each of the portions into a round shape with the help of your hands and then roll them out with a kitchen roller until they are wafer-shaped. Then place a generous dollop of filling in the center of the dough and close the fatayer by folding each end inward like candy. The filling that is in the center should not be covered by the dough and you will have to make sure that the ends will not open up by pressing a little with a fork as you would in the case of the traditional dumplings.
If you prefer, then give them a triangular shape by making the shape of a tricorn. As you shape the fatayers, place them on a baking tray previously covered with greaseproof paper or baking paper. Finally, heat the oven to 180ºC and, when it has reached the indicated temperature, put the fatayers in for 15 minutes. After that time you will see that the dough will have taken on a light golden color, at which point you can take them out of the oven and serve them to your guests very hot. If they are leftover, do not worry, because you can eat them at another time since they are also delicious when cold.