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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Cheese Pastries

In Arabic these are called "fatayir bil jibneh" and that means dough/pastry with cheese. I love them. So does every single other person I know that has tried them. I'm not even exaggerating ;-) No Syrian dinner party is complete without them. Regardless of how much is made, if they are served hot from the oven there will never be leftovers. There are many versions these scrumptious pastries, and I am listing the best and the classic.

This makes 8 large pastries. These can be made a day ahead and stored ready to bake on a baking sheet covered in foil.

-1 Pillsburry grands flaky layers refrigerated biscuit dough
-1 cup Queso Fresco Mexican cheese
-3/4 finly chopped parsley
**optional additions:
-Mix 1/4 cup fresh mint with parsley, or 1 tablespoon dried mint.
-Add 1 tablespoon paprika and 1 tablespoon black sesame seeds.

-Preheat oven according to package instructions of biscuit dough.
-Crumble cheese and mix with parsley and optional additions.
-Press down the biscuit until it is shaped like an oval. Spoon 1 large tablespoon of the cheese mixture onto the dough. Pinch up the edge on the longer sides until the edges are sealed and the middle is open, exposing the cheese mixture.
-Arrange on a baking sheet and bake for about 12-15 minutes or until biscuit is golden and cheese is melted.

ENJOY. I know you will!


  1. what an insult to fatayer ib jibneh that no one has left a comment yet. what the heck guys!
    lol jk but these rock my socks i could eat them every single day for the rest of my life and never get sick of them.

  2. mmm one of the best Arabic foods

  3. I love these, my kids request them all the time, I always freeze extra from the cheese mixture and it takes less time when I want to make them