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Type Savoury pie
Place of origin Levant
Main ingredients ground mutton
Cookbook: Sfiha  Media: Sfiha

Sfiha (Arabic: صفيحةsfīḥah), is a pizza-like dish originating from the Levant, but it is also known in Turkey as pide.[1] It was introduced in Brazil and Argentina by Levantine immigrants, where it is known as esfirra.[2][3]

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, such as a fatayer, although the open-faced version is very common too. Sfihas come with various toppings, including cheese, curd, lamb, beef or vegetables.[4]

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  1. ^ Lee, Jessica. Beyrut Footprint Focus Guide, Footprint Handbooks; Second Edition edition (October 7, 2014), pag. 105
  2. ^ http://dicionarioegramatica.com.br/2015/09/27/como-se-escreve-esfirra-esfiha-sfiha-isfirra-o-salgado-arabe/ Dicionário e Gramática www.dicionarioegramatica.com.br
  3. ^ Karam, John Tofik. Another Arabesque: Syrian-Lebanese Ethnicity in Neoliberal Brazil, Temple University Press (January 28, 2007), pag. 128
  4. ^ Yara Roberts,Richard Roberts, (2009), The Brazilian Table, Gibbs Smith, pag. 186