Sambousik is a fried pastry filled with cooked, ground beef and onions, and flavored with nutty spices. Crusty on the outside, juicy and soft on the inside, it’s another of our favorites.
Knafeh is a dessert made from shredded pastry dough, filled with sweet cheese, and topped with pistachios and qatr. Nablus is renowned for its knafeh, and the best knafeh is called knafeh Nabulsieh. You find knafeh all over Palestine, and when you receive an invitation to someone’s home for knafeh, you know it is a celebration! We carry on this tradition here and have knafeh to celebrate life events and accomplishments.
Fatayer Sabanekh are triangle-shaped, golden pastries filled with fresh cut spinach, onions, and spices. This is one of our favorite spring recipes. Spinach season in Palestine starts in the early spring and runs through late summer, so eating these always reminds us of nicer weather – something we are really missing right now in Seattle. The neat, little triangles are a great addition to any party spread, and also make great appetizers.