Fatai (Lebanese Meat Pies)

Fatai (Lebanese Meat Pies)

This is a Lebanese meat pie made with lemon-seasoned potatoes and meat wrapped up in a crust.


For the dough
Plain flour
480 ml
Lukewarm water
120 ml + 1 tablespoon
Vegetable oil
2 tablespoons
1 teaspoon
Dried yeast
1/2 teaspoon
Ground beef
400 g
1 large
1 small
Salt and pepper
1/2 teaspoon each
Lemon juice
2~3 tablespoons


1. Put the dough ingredients into a bowl and knead well. Once smooth, divide into 12-14 portions, roll into balls, and let rest.
2. Cut the potatoes into small pieces and finely shop the onions. In a separate bowl, mix the ground meat, lemon juice, salt, and pepper and mix it together.
3. Put a teaspoon of Step 2 on a small plate and heat it up in the microwave to taste-test. Adjust the seasonings as needed.
4. Roll out Step 1 into round discs, then top with 1.5 tablespoon of the filling from Step 2. Shape the filling into a triangle.
5. Fold up the sides to create a triangle. Leave the center open. Transfer to a baking sheet.
6. Bake in an oven warmed to 200℃ for 12 minutes until lightly browned.

Story Behind this Recipe

I looked up a recipe for my husband's beloved "fatai" (my husband calls it "fatai," but it's really called "fataya") and came up with my own version using more meat.