How to make Sambousek - Lebanese Meat Pie

How to make Sambousek – Lebanese Meat Pie

How to make Sambousek

Sambousek is a delicious delicacy relished by millions of people in Lebanon. It is a mouthwatering appetizer made in different shapes and has various ingredients. These crispy Lebanese pies have ground lamb or beef or are made of cheese.

Sambousek is pretty similar to fatayer, another iconic appetizer in Lebanon. However, the dough is a friend and unbaked. If you want to enjoy a delicious Sambousek, we recommend using beef as a primary ingredient.

You can load these mouthwatering pies with pine nuts and fried onions. Now, let us discuss the ingredients you need and the step-by-step process to make Sambousek. Read on!


  • Two cups of flour
  • One teaspoon of salt
  • One teaspoon of cornstarch
  • ¼ cup of Avocado oil
  • ½ cup of water
  • For Beef Filing, you will need
    • 12 ounces of ground beef
    • One onion
    • One teaspoon of salt
    • One teaspoon of spices
    • ½ teaspoon of black pepper
    • Two teaspoons of pomegranate Molasses
    • Two tablespoons of Avocado Oil
    • Two tablespoons of pine nuts


  1. Add the flour to a large bowl and put some salt, water, and cornstarch
  2. Use a rubber or wooden spoon to mix these ingredients
  3. Add more water as required – but don’t use more than three tablespoons
  4. Use your hands to create a dough ball and cover it with a plastic wrap for 30 minutes
  5. Heat one tablespoon of avocado oil in a skillet
  6. Add pine nuts to the skillet and cook them until they are golden brown
  7. Chop the onion into fine pieces
  8. Brown the ground beef in a skillet and add chopped onion to it
  9. Next, add two tablespoons of avocado oil
  10. Cook for 5-10 minutes to ensure the onion is translucent
  11. Add salt, black pepper, and spices and cook for 2-5 more minutes
  12. Add two teaspoons of molasses and mix in the pine nuts
  13. Diver the dough into two balls to ensure easier rolling
  14. Make sure you cover one dough ball while working on another one
  15. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough ball into ¼ inches thick
  16. Use a glass cup or biscuit cutter to achieve 4-inch rounds
  17. Add one tablespoon of meat filling to each dough round
  18. Fold each dough round in half and press its edges to seal it
  19. Put some oil in the pot and heat it to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  20. Deep fry Sambousek for 3-5 minutes and serve