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SAMBUSAK B'TAWA

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OKAY GUYS SIT BACK AND PUT YOUR EATING GLASSES ON BECAUSE I AM GOING TO TELL YOU ABOUT SOMETHING DELICIOUS! IT IS CALLED SAMBUSAK B'TAWA, OR, IRAQI CHICKPEA TURNOVERS. I GOT THE RECIPE OUT OF OLIVE TREES AND HONEY.

INGREEDAMENTS

* FILLING
2 CUPS COOKED MASHED CHICKPEAS (GARBANZO BEANS) (SIX OR EIGHT OUNCES DRY, JUST GUESS)
ONE LARGE ONION
SESAME OR VEGETABLE OIL (SESAME OIL WOULD PROBABLY TASTE GOOD BUT I USED CORN OIL BECAUSE SESAME OIL SEEMS TO THINK IT IS MADE OUT OF CAVIAR AND HUMVEES AND HAS THE RIGHT TO COST A MILLION DOLLARS)
1/2 TSP (OR MORE) TURMERIC
1/2 TSP (OR MORE) CUMIN
1/2 TSP OR SO SALT
BLACK PEPPER TO TASTE
1/4 CUP FRESH CHOPPED CILANTRO (OPTIONAL)

* OIL DOUGH
1/2 CUP VEGETABLE OIL
1/2 CUP LUKEWARM WATER (80-90 DEGREES)
3/4 TSP SALT
2 1/2 CUPS FLOUR

* OTHER
PAM FOR GREASIN'
1 EGG MIXED WITH 1 TSP WATER FOR GLAZIN'
SESAME SEEDS FOR SPRINKLIN' (OPTIONAL BUT DELICIOUS AND PRETTY)

OK SO THIS IS HOW WE DO!

FILLING: YOU HAVE TO SOAK THE CHICKPEAS FOR SIX OR EIGHT HOURS BEFOREHAND SO IT'S BEST TO DO THAT THE NIGHT BEFORE OR WHILE YOU'RE AT WORK OR WHATEVER ALL DAY. DO THAT AND THEN BRING THEM TO A BOIL IN A POT, THEN REDUCE HEAT TO LOW, AND SIMMER FOR 1-1/2 HOURS (I KNOW IT TAKES FOREVER BUT IT IS WORTH IT). THEN DRAIN AND MASH 'EM UP.

WHILE YOU'RE WORKING ON THAT YOU CAN TAKE YOUR ONION AND SAUTEE IT IN THE OIL UNTIL IT'S SOFT AND TRANSLUCENT. WHEN THAT HAPPENS, ADD THE TURMERIC, CUMIN, SALT, AND PEPPER, AND STIR. THEN ADD THE CHICKPEAS, AND COOK THE MIXTURE UNTIL IT'S PRETTY MUCH DRY. I KNOW IT SOUNDS WEIRD BUT IT MAKES PUTTING THE FILLING IN THE CRUST EASY! WHEN THAT'S ALL DONE TURN OFF THE HEAT AND STIR IN THE CILANTRO IF YOU'RE USING IT. LET IT COOL OFF.


DOUGH: IT'S SO EASY! STIR THE OIL, WATER, AND SALT TOGETHER. ADD A CUP OF THE FLOUR. THEN KEEP ADDING THE FLOUR UNTIL THE DOUGH LOOKS RIGHT. IT SHOULD BE PRETTY SOFT AND COME AWAY FROM THE SIDES OF THE BOWL, IT SHOULD BE VERY WELL-BEHAVED AND DO WHAT YOU TELL IT INSTEAD OF STICKING TO EVERYTHING. WHEN THAT HAPPENS COVER IT UP WITH PLASTIC WRAP AND LET IT SIT AT ROOM TEMPERATURE FOR 30 MIN. THEN, ROLL IT OUT ON A FLOURED SURFACE AND CUT OUT CIRCLES WITH A MUFFIN TIN OR A DRINKING GLASS. PUT THE DOUGH CIRCLES ON LIGHTLY GREASED COOKIE SHEETS.



PUT IT ALL TOGETHER
PREHEAT OVEN TO 375 DEGREES. PUT A HEAPING TEASPOON OF THE FILLING ON EACH OF THE DOUGH CIRCLES, FOLD OVER AND PINCH THE EDGES OFF, CRIMP THEM WITH A FORK IF YOU WANT TO MAKE 'EM LOOK NICE. SPREAD THE EGG/WATER MIXTURE OVER THEM WITH A BRUSH AND THEN SPRINKLE ON THE SESAME SEEDS.

(EXCEPT I TOOK THE PICTURE BEFORE I PUT THE EGG AND SESAME SEEDS ON, SO JUST IMAGINE THEM)


NOW JUST BAKE AS MANY AS YOU AND WHOEVER ELSE YOU'RE BAKING FOR THINK YOU WANT TO EAT, AND FREEZE THE REST! THEY'LL STAY GOOD FOR 3 MONTHS IN THE FREEZER. BAKING TIME: FRESH, 15-20 MINUTES, FROZEN: MORE LIKE 25ISH, JUST KEEP CHECKING AND BAKE UNTIL THEY LOOK LIKE



LOL THAT WAS REALLY TL;DR BUT I SWEAR IT'S WORTH IT, THEY ARE SO LIGHT AND DELICIOUS AND FILLING! ENJOY!
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