Joanna Gaines Fatayer Recipe

Have you ever had a craving for something buttery, salty, and warm but was not sure what to make? That can be solved by Joanna Gaines. The dish, which Gaines prepared on the debut episode of her cookery program Magnolia Table, is a traditional Lebanese meat pie that will please any appetite.

What is Fatayer?

Savory pies are called fatayer. They are often filled with cheese, spinach, or a meat filling. Similar to Lahm Bi Ajeen’s meat filling, but in the form of tiny hand pies. Both the spinach and the cheese in this dish are quite simple to create. 

The spinach fatayer, also known as fatayer bi sabanekh in Arabic, is incredibly tangy and flavorful, and the caramelized onions add a beautiful dimension to the dish. 

The cheese-flavored ones, known as fatayer bi jibneh, are particularly exceptional because they feature a delicious blend of creaminess, stretchiness, and nigella seed flavor.

What is in a Beef Fatayer?

The fatayer is made of a filling that is wrapped in dough and baked. The most popular are the meat fillings known as Sfeeha, that are made of lamb or beef, and Sabanekh is made of spinach. 

Also possible is cheese fatayer. They are a lovely appetizer or starter. The ingredients for this pie are actually part of a spice mixture called Baharat, but I’ve broken it down for you so you don’t need to prepare a large quantity of the blend to make this recipe.

Joanna Gaines Fatayer Recipe

Joanna Gaines Fatayer Recipe

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Recipe by Lindsay G. Cabral Cuisine: Middle EsternDifficulty: Medium


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Well I was first a little worried that making these savory pastries might be too difficult for my level of cooking skill. But I was pretty shocked by how easy they were to put together. The outer pastry is prepared from flour, and the fatayer filling you can make by simply frying a few ingredients in a pan. 

It only takes a few simple steps to roll, fill, and close the dough because it has already been divided into portions. When all of the fatayer have been made and thus are ready for the oven.


  • Flour 3 cups 

  • Sugar 1 tbsp

  • Water 1 cup

  • Olive  oil 1 cup

  • Salt

  • Yeast 1 tbsp

  • Spinach chopped 2 cups

  • Onion diced 1 cup

  • Tomato diced 1

  • Vine seed 

  • Sumac 3tbsp

  • Lemon juice 2 tbsp

  • Ground beef 300g

  • Cloves powder ½ tbsp

  • Black pepper 1tbsp

  • Cinnamon powder 1 tbsp

  • Pomegranate sauce 2 tbsp

how to make Joanna Gaines Fatayer

  •  Make The Dough: Take a large bowl and start the dough process. Add flour, sugar, water, olive oil, salt, yeast in the bowl. Make a normal dough. Set that aside for 45 minutes.
    Make The Dough
  •  Time For The Veggies Mix: Now in a bowl add spinach, and salt then with hand crush it until it comes out water. Then add seeds, onion, tomato, olive oil, sumac, lemon juice and mix it.
    Time For The Veggies Mix
  •  Cook The Beef: In a Frying pan add some oil then put chopped onion and fry it. Then add ground beef cloves, cinnamon, black pepper, and pomegranate sauce. Cook it for 10 minutes. 
     Cook The Beef
  • Make Fatayer: Now take the dough and divide it into 2 portions. In a kitchen counter, put some flour and roll the dough like big round bread. With a round shaped cutter cut the bread into pieces. Put veggies mix in each dough and seal it. Again with beef filling do the same.
     Make Fatayer
  • Bake The Fatayer: Preheat the oven for 5 minutes at 380 degrees. Place all the fatayer in a baking tray and bake for 15 minutes.
    Bake The Fatayer
  • Serving: Take a plate and place the crispy fatayer on it. Serve hot to know the actual taste.

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Frequently Asked Question

How long do you cook Joanna Gaines fatayer?

Ans: The Joanna Gaines fatayer recipe took approximately 70 minutes to prepare. 30 minutes are spent on preparation; 40 minutes are spent cooking.

What is fatayer made of?

Ans: Typically, fatayer are stuffed with cheese, pork, or spinach. However, fatayer are easily flexible and can be filled with almost anything.

How do you store fatayer?

Ans: If you have any leftover fatayers, you can keep them in the refrigerator for about a week in an airtight container.

How long does the fatayer last in the fridge?

Ans: Fatayers can be kept in the fridge for about 5-7 days. You can reheat the fatayer in the oven, or eat cold.

Which country made fatayer?

Ans: The Arabic meal known as lebanese fatayer comes from Lebanon. “Fitiir” is another name for fatayer. It is one of the most well-known dishes from Lebanon. A major part of Arabian cuisine is the little stuffed pie, which is mostly eaten in Turkey and all the Middle Eastern nations.

Final Word

The recipe yields 20 fatayer, which you can serve to about 8–10 servings. Don’t worry if you can’t eat them all in one sitting. You can reheat well for a treat throughout the week. It is a simple recipe that satisfies your craving for some yummy snacks. 

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Lindsay G. Cabral is a recipe blogger who specializes in vegan and gluten-free recipes. Lindsay has been blogging since 2012, and her recipes have been featured on popular websites such as Huffington Post, Mind Body Green, and The Kitchn. In addition to her blog, Lindsay is also the author of two cookbooks, Vegan Yum Yum and Vegan Yum Yum for All Occasions. When she's not in the kitchen, Lindsay enjoys spending time with her husband and two young daughters.

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