Tagin lisan 'asfur / Pastry Casserole

Egyptian Food and Recipes




* 1/2 kg lisan 'asfur1

* 1/2 kg beef

* 2 onions, sliced very thinly

* 2 sweet greet peppers

* 1 teaspoon cinnamon

* 1 - 2 cups meat stock

* 1 tablespoon butter

* 1 tablespoon oil

* salt and pepper



Cut meat into bite-size cubes. Remove stems and seeds from peppers and slice thinly. Saute onion and pepper in a mixture of butter and oil, then add meat and fry until the juice is reabsorbed/evaporated. Add stock to cover, toss in peppers, cinnamon, and seasoning and cook for 15 minutes. With a perforated skimmer, remove all these ingredients and place in an earthenware casserole dish. Reboil stock and add lisan 'asfur and parboil for 5 to 7 minutes. Then pour over meat mixture. If the stock does not completely cover, add more hot water. Bake in preheated moderate oven for 30 minutes.

1. Dry, small, oval shaped pastry. Lisan 'asfur literally means "swallow's tongue," thus eloquently describing its shape and size.


Last Updated: June 7th, 2011