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|Place of origin||Levant|
|Region or state||Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria|
|Main ingredients||ground mutton|
|Cookbook: Sfiha Media: Sfiha|
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 street popular food because they are cheap and fast. Sfihas are oven baked, come in two shapes: folded into a triangular pastry like fatayer, and open-faced (4 inches round flat bread); with various toppings, including cheese, curd, lamb, beef or vegetables. The first Brazilian fast food restaurant chain to serve sfihas and other Middle East dishes was Habib's.
Every family has their own preference on what to add in addition to the meat. In Lebanon, the main ingredients are: meat, onions, tomatoes, pine nuts, salt, pepper (variations like pomegranate molasses or chili are added depending on the taste).
- http://dicionarioegramatica.com.br/2015/09/27/como-se-escreve-esfirra-esfiha-sfiha-isfirra-o-salgado-arabe/ Dicionário e Gramática www.dicionarioegramatica.com.br
- Karam, John Tofik. Another Arabesque: Syrian-Lebanese Ethnicity in Neoliberal Brazil, Temple University Press (January 28, 2007), pag. 128
- Yara Roberts, Richard Roberts, (2009), The Brazilian Table, Gibbs Smith, pag. 186
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