Best Lebanese Fatayer Recipes

Lebanese fatayar, or fatayer, (fuh-TIE-uh) are savory pies with delectable fillings. Fatayar are found in bakeries everywhere in Lebanon and in Lebanese bakeries in our communities around the U.S. Here are my best fatayar recipes so you can bake and enjoy this special tradition.

Lebanese spinach pies on a blue floral plate, Maureen Abood

Growing up, my mother and grandmothers used various techniques to bake their fatayer, including frozen Rhodes dough balls for quick-fatayer. Those become puffier than we’d like–fatayar is not meant to be bread-y, but they were still soooo delicious out of the oven.

Enjoy fatayar as an appetizer (make them smaller!), as part of a meal, or a light meal with a salad.

Here are my best recipes for fatayar, making the  process simple and fun!

Spinach Fatayar.

Spinach fatayar is a family favorite. The filling is lemony and fabulous. Get the recipe here.

Meat-filled Fatayar.

Meat filling on dough rounds

Mouth-watering! That’s the best way to describe the marriage of highly seasoned meat filling (beef or lamb) wrapped in a joy of thin pastry. Find the meat pie recipe here.

Zucchini (koosa) Fatayar.

Rolled dough cut in circles

Beautiful flavors here: summer squash with onion and sumac. Use zucchini, koosa (light green, small summer squash), or yellow summer squash. All delicious. Get the recipe here.

Mini Cheese Flat Rounds.

Mini cheese flatbreads lined up on a sheet pan

These are so easy to shape! And so delicious with a topping of labneh, cheese and mint. They still fall into my fatayar category, sincee there are many shapes to adore in the world of fatayar. Get the recipe here.

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