Do you have new Syrian neighbours? Perhaps your neighbourhood or church is welcoming a resettled family into your community. Even an attempt at food that tastes-like-home can go a long way. Here’s an authentic appetizer that is easy to prepare to help you say ‘Welcome!’ to a Syrian family that is new to your area:
Pepper & Olive Pot Pies
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup canola oil
2 tsp instant yeast
1 cup milk (warm)
¼ tsp salt
½ lb green olives, pitted & chopped
2 red bell peppers (fresh, sun-dried, or marinated)
1 white onion (small)
1 tbsp olive oil
½ tsp sumac spice (optional) *we couldn't find any
Chili pepper to taste
Black pepper to taste; no salt (the olives are salty enough)
Makes 20 pot pies
Cut up onions, marinated peppers, and olives.
Saute in olive oil for 5 (or so) minutes.
Lightly knead dough. Pull off handfuls and roll into balls.
Flatten into oval patties.
Spoon a portion of the sauted filling onto the dough.
Fold up dough at the side and pinch shut along the seam. Place an inch apart on a lightly sprayed baking sheet.
Bake for 8-10 minutes at 375 F.
Serve warm, with whole green olives on the side.
*Find a variety of olives from an import grocery store. The middle eastern varieties have a very different taste from regular jarred green olives common in Canadian grocery stores.
Special thanks to syriancooking.com for this recipe. The site was started when its founder, Ghinwa, a native Syrian living in Iowa with a passion for middle eastern dishes, was unable to find good Syrian recipes online. Ghinwa’s site has become a resource for those welcoming Syrian refugee families into their communities. It compiles recipes, cooking tips, grocery lists, and even cultural tips and Arabic expressions - a fantastic source for authentic and easy-to-prepare Syrian dishes!