Middle Eastern Meat Pastry Tapas


1 medium onion, chopped finely
2 tbs butter
1 lb lean ground beef or lamb
Kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp dried basil
1 tbs tomato paste
1/4 cup pine nuts
5 tbs plain yogurt
2 packages of biscuit dough (10 in each pack)

This recipe is perfect for a party. These tapas have a wonderful middle eastern flavor. They are very easy to make mainly because canned biscuit dough is used. Makes about 40 mini pastries.


  • In a large saute pan cook the onion in butter using medium heat.
  • Add the ground beef or lamb and brown. Once meat is brown drain fat from pan.
  • Add the salt, pepper, cinnamon, basil, tomato paste and pine nuts and enough yogurt to bind mixture. set aside.
  • Remove the biscuits from the paper can  and cut in half and place on baking sheets.
  • Spread each half slightly to form a circle.
  • Place the biscuit pieces so they are touching each on the baking sheet.
  • Place 1 tsp of the meat mixture on each biscuit round spreading almost to the edge.
  • Bake in a pre-heated 400 degree oven and bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until they are slightly brown..
  • These pastries may be frozen for later use.
  • Serve warm.




30 min


15 min


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