Fatayer (filled bread w/meat or spinach)

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The Dough
1 1/2 cups warm water
2 Tbsp. sugar
2 1/4 tsp yeast
1/4 cup oil
2 tsp salt
1 egg
5 cups flour (Bread flour is best)

Spinach Filling
2 large bunches spinach(chopped finely)
1 large onion (finely chopped)
1 cup parsley (finely chopped)
3/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
Mix all ingredients above together

Meat Filling
1 1/2 lbs ground beef or ground lamb
2 large tomatoes (finely diced)
1/2 cup parsley (finely chopped)
1/4 cup tomato paste
1/2 cup tomato sauce
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 med onion (finely chopped)
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
Mix all above ingredients together

Dough: 1. Mix water and sugar in bowl 2. Add yeast and stir gently, let rest 5 minutes 3. Add oil, salt and egg 4. Fold in flour gradually 5. Knead until smooth 6. Place in oiled bowl then flip over and cover bowl. Let sit 30 minutes Filling: 1. After dough has risen, punch down dough and divide into small balls ....depends on what size you want the bread to be (I usually divide dough into 10 pieces) 2. Roll out each ball into a flat circle, then place filling onto dough 3. There are many ways of shaping the Fatayer, I like the triangle method, looks nice 4. Make a dotted outline of a triangle around filling, with corners of triangle reaching the edge, brush edges of dough with water, then fold dough at the lines and press dough together ...leaving a small hole in middle for steam to escape. I know this sounds weird...wish I could’ve drew an outline. Any way, if you can’t figure it out, make any shape you want!! Just make sure edges are pressed firmly together or you’ll just have a mess! 5. Bake in 400 degree oven for 20-25 minutes 6. Serve with cold plain yogurt, cheese and olives. YUM. Fatayer is cood at room temp or hot