Lahm Bi Ajeen
This past week, I had the absolute pleasure of visiting family in Jordan. The culture is so rich with history, and the food is so deeply rooted to the culture. It is a surreal experience writing the recipe for Lahm Bi Ajeen while sitting here in Jordan. In the states it is hard to come by these delicious delicacies. In contrast to Jordan, where you can easily go to any store and grab some fresh. Another shout out to Auntie Layla, Ferial, Jena and Jalila for the recipe! These incredible cooks make these unique Arabic dishes possible in the states.
I have yet to meet someone who does not like Lahm Bi Ajeen. Why? Because it is basically Arabic pizza, and who does not like pizza. The spiced vegetable and meat blend is pressed into the dough just like a thin crust pizza. The ratio of meat to vegetables is 1:1, creating a hearty, yet light dynamic. Of course you can make the dough from scratch, but for a shortcut we use flour tortillas (La Banderita brand, to be specific). We often make Lahm Bi Ajeen in larger batches to freeze and then available to easily heat up a few for lunch or an after school snack. Make these Arabic pizzas today, we know you will not be disappointed.
Lahm Bi Ajeen
- 1 cup ground meat (85%meat, 15%fat)
- 1/4 cup finely chopped tomato
- 1/4 cup finely chopped green pepper
- 1/3 cup finely chopped red pepper
- 1/2 cup finely chopped parsley
- 1.5 cups finely chopped yellow onion
- 1/4 tbsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 6 ounces tomato paste
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- La Banderita flour tortillas*
- Finely chop or place individually into food processor the red pepper, green pepper, parsley, onion.
- Individually drain the red pepper, green pepper, onion through a sieve to remove any excess water from these vegetables.
- Mix together the meat, red pepper, green pepper, parsley, onion, tomato paste, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper and lemon.
- Pre-heat oven to 400F.
- Place 1/4 cup of the meat mixture onto the flour tortilla. Spread meat mixture out until a thin layer covers the entire tortilla.
- Place in oven for about 13 minutes, rotating the tray mid way through to cook evenly. The Lahem Bi Ageen is fully cooked once meat appears cooked and the edges of the bread are slightly tanned, but not crisp.
- Enjoy as a whole pie or rolled up like a soft taco. **