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Cheats Sambousek

Sambousek is a traditional Middle Eastern crispy meat pie loaded with spiced ground beef, onions and pine nuts, but can also come in a variety of flavours including savoury cheese! This is my speedy and delicious kid-friendly, modern baked version, which makes for an excellent lunch or snack on-the-go. Make a double batch and throw them in the freezer for a quick air-fryer re-heat 🙌🏽.

Ready in: 40mins

Makes: 16 sambousek


  • Olive Oil

  • 1 cup onion, diced

  • 500g beef mince

  • 1 tbsp middle eastern 7 spice (bharat)

  • 2 tbsp Tomato paste

  • 1.5 cups frozen vegetables

  • 4 sheets puff pastry


Step 1. Preheat oven to 200C and line a baking tray. Defrost puff pastry until it is malleable but not entirely soft

Step 2. Add a drizzle of olive oil to a medium high heat pan and add onion, stirring until fragrant 1-2mins

Step 3. Add mince meat, tomato paste, spices and cook, breaking up the meat with a spatula until browned 4-5mins. Add frozen vegetables and mix through until defrosted 2-3mins. Set aside to cool

Step 4. Cut puff pastry into 4 equal squares, filling each square with roughly 2.5 tbsp of the filling and press the edges shut with your fingers to create a rectangle shape

Step 5. Place sambousek on your prepared tray and bake for 30 mins or until golden brown

Step 6. Allow to cool for 5-10 mins before serving warm!

Storage: refrigerate in an airtight container for up to a week or freeze for up to 6 months.


  • I used green onion, but 1 small white onion would be a good alternative

  • pampas puff pastry is my fave brand and I’ve tried quite a few

Let me know if you try it x

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