It seems like it has been ages since I last wrote. All is well here and I hope with you too. On Sunday, I had guests over and I planned a simple dinner for them to eat by the pool. I made Egyptian hawowshi. It is a meat pie that is baked in the oven. It a popular dish in Cairo. So if you would like to make some, you are most welcome to follow along.
You will need (for four servings)
1 pound of ground beef
1 medium onion, grated
3/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
2 T chopped parsley
Sliced onion (optional)
Red pepper flakes (optional)
1 tsp meat spices*
*I used some kibbe spices but you can use kabob spices
2 cups flour
1/3 cup oil
1/2 tsp salt
Some black paper
Remove from oven and serve. The hawowshi shown above is served with tabboula salad and Egyptian koushari (a rice/lentil dish with garbanzo beans and macaroni).
The crust is nice and crispy and the filing is tasty. I use lean ground beef as the extra lean makes it too dry. The first time I ate hawowshi was years and years ago in Cairo. It was at an outdoor cafe. We just had finished eating at our table outside a large building when a lady on the balcony above decided to empty her wash bucket. You can imagine the mess we barely missed....memories. I can't recall what part of the city this took place.
There's various ways to make this dish but this is my favorite. Some people take store boughten pita bread and open it and put the meat mixture in it and bake it.
For me the fun is making the homemade dough and eating it right away, hot from the oven. I will share the recipe for koushari at another time. Koushari is a popular fast food in Egypt.
I'm writing this up on a beautiful mountain and the air is so crisp and refreshing. I'd love to hear from you if you have the time. Until next time
My best wishes to everyone,