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Alternative names
Arab pizza, Chaldean pizza
Place of origin
Main ingredients
ground mutton
Cookbook:Sfiha  Sfiha

Sfiha (Arabic: صفيحةsfīḥah) or lahm bi`ajin (Arabic: لحم بعجينlaḥm bi‘ajīn), also known as 'Arab Pizza', is an Arab pizza-like dish originating from the Arabian Peninsula and Levant, and introduced in Brazil by Levantine immigrants.

In contrast to the modern use of lamb or beef, traditional sfiha are open-faced meat pies made with ground mutton. Historically, sfiha were much like dolma—simply ground lamb, lightly spiced, wrapped in brined grape leaves. In Brazil, sfihas are folded into a triangular pastry, although the open-faced version is very common too and they have various toppings, like cheese, curd, lamb, beef or vegetables.[1]

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  1. ^ Yara Roberts,Richard Roberts, (2009), The Brazilian Table, Gibbs Smith, pag. 186