Sambusaks (Cheese-Filled Pastries)
95 mins (prep 30, cooking 65)
11 ingredients
18-20 servings
As a child in Egypt, Colette Rossant lived with her extended family in a large house with a full-time kitchen staff. On the first Thursday of every month, her Grandmaman would entertain her many friends, and though Ahmed, the Sudanese chef, always whipped up a number of specialties, Grandmaman herself made the sambusaks—flaky, golden-brown savory pastries filled with fresh farmer's cheese or feta, parmigiano-reggiano, and parsley. If she was feeling magnanimous, Grandmaman would let Colette knead the warm dough. These salty savories would be served first along with tall glasses of iced tea or lemonade at the four o'clock ladies' card party, then reappear later as part of the dinner mazza. For centuries, these pastries—sambusak is Arabic slang for ''turnover''—have been popular snacks in Lebanon, Syria, and Egypt. From Saveur, 1996.

Categories:  pasta,-rice-and-grains , lunch~snacks , african , egyptian , grains , high-in... , <-4-hours , cheese , egg , appetizer , high-calcium , eggs~dairy , time-to-make ,
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Serving Size (44.7 g)
Servings 18
Amount per Serving
Calories 170.99 Calories from Fat 95.85
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10.65g 294.85%
Saturated Fat 3.09g 277.67%
Trans Fat 0.17g %
Cholesterol 14.95mg 89.71%
Sodium 327.41mg 245.56%
Total Carbohydrate 15.36g 92.19%
Dietary Fiber 2.14 g 154.23%
Sugars 0.77 g %
Protein 5.03g 181.05%
Vitamin A 72.7IU% Vitamin C 0.0mg%
Calcium 149.73mg% Iron 0.94mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
melted butter, freshly grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese, fresh ground black pepper


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