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Middle Eastern Pastries - How to Make Middle Eastern Pastries

Easy and delicious recipe for Middle Eastern pastries. Learn how to make one of the most popular middle eastern pastries. It's served as an appetizer or side dish. Thsi recipe consists of olive oil, garlic, minced lamb, lemon juice, tomato, peas, fresh mint, pastry sheets, eggs and sesame seeds.

Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients (serves 4) 1 tbs olive oil
1/2 medium red onion, halved, thinly sliced
1 garlic clove, crushed
300g lamb mince
2 tsp Middle Eastern spice mix
1 tbs fresh lemon juice
1 medium ripe tomato, finely chopped
80g (1/2 cup) frozen peas
35g reduced-fat feta, crumbled
1/4 cup finely shredded fresh mint
2 sheets (25 x 25cm) frozen ready-rolled shortcrust pastry
1 egg, lightly whisked
1 tbs sesame seeds

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C. Line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper. Heat oil in a medium non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes or until soft.
  2. Increase heat to high. Add the garlic and lamb and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon to break up lumps, for 2 minutes or until lamb changes colour. Add the spice mix and cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until aromatic. Remove from heat. Add the lemon juice, tomato, peas, feta and mint and stir to combine.
  3. Cut the pastry sheets into quarters. Divide the lamb mixture among the centres of the pastry squares. Brush the edges of the pastry with egg and fold over to form triangles and enclose the filling. Press the edges together to seal.
  4. Place the triangles on the prepared tray. Lightly brush with egg and sprinkle over sesame seeds. Bake in oven for 20 minutes or until golden. Serve with the roasted beetroot & silver beet.
Source Good Taste - July 2006, Page 55 Recipe by Kim Meredith

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