– 1 1/2 package of dry yeast (10 grams total)
– 1/2 tablespoon of sugar
– 2 teaspoons of salt
– 1 1/2 cups of water
– 1 cup of vegetable oil
– 3 2/3 cups of flour (500 grams if you have a scale)
– filling you prefer like chicken or ground beef and etc
HOW TO MAKE:
I started with my filling, in my case it was chicken, so I boiled about 2 chicken breast and pulled it apart. Next on a pan and sauteed some onions on a little bit of olive oil and added my pulled chicken breast, then I added dry oregano, black pepper, chopped green olives, little salt, little tomato sauce just to give a little color and make it a little moist (you cannot make it too wet otherwise your esfihas wont close), cilantro and green onions.
Now on to make the dough on your marvelous KitchenAid Mixer bowl, add the warm water (110F), add dry yeast and sprinkle the sugar and let it sit for about 5 minutes until its nice and foamy, if after 5 minutes you still have some dry yeast that didn’t get moist, take a tooth pick and mix it wait 1 minute more and whisk with an wire whisk.
Lets add the hook to your KitchenAid Mixer and start mixing the yeast mixture adding the vegetable oil and salt (speed 2) until all combined.
Start adding the flour little by little and let your KitchenAid Mixer do all the work on that dough (at this point I set mixer to speed 3).
Notice your dough is very gooey and sticking to the bottom of your bowl, DO NOT add more flour because that’s how it should be.
On a clean bowl, spray some cooking spray and transfer the dough from the KitchenAid mixer bowl into this greased bowl and cover with a towel. Once again it was very cold in my house and I had to warm up to oven for about 10-15 min on minimum heat so the dough could raise but if your house is warm, you can just sit it on the counter. Let the dough sit there for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes your dough will be double the size and Its time for the fun part. Sprinkle a little flour and dump the dough over it, you will notice your dough is super sticky and you will think something went wrong and this dough is no good, but it’s normal, trust me, because the dough has a full cup of vegetable oil it wont stick to your hands.
Take a piece of the dough and throw more flour over it and start rolling the dough, not too thick not too thin and with a help of a glass cut little balls (if you like bigger snacks you can use something bigger to make the round shape). Start putting the filling inside the little round shape dough. Spray a cookie sheet and you can place them there ( I always use foil on my baking sheet so cleaning will be easier).
Preheat your oven to 350F.
Now it will take a little time for you to get a hold of the shaping of the esfiha but after the first 10 you will be like a professional, don’t be afraid, keep trying… I will add a video of how to shape it so you can practice.
Brush your little esfihas with an egg wash (2 egg yolks and 2 tablespoons of water) and they are ready for the oven.
Bake it for about 25 minutes or until golden.
Now your esfihas are ready and delicious. This is a great snack for people of all ages, even kids 🙂
Use your imagination whenever making the filling, you can use, chopped cheese and ham, ground turkey, ground beef, and etc, just make sure your filling is dry otherwise you wont be able to close your esfihas.