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Middle Eastern Sambousek with Garlic Cilantro Aioli Dipping Sauce

Crunchy on the outside and savory aromatic meat filling on the inside. This Middle Eastern Sambousek is BURSTING with flavor!
Course Beef
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 16 egg rolls
Author April B


Meat and filling

  • 3 lbs ground beef Use 90% ground beef
  • salt for taste
  • pepper for taste
  • 1 tbsp plus more as needed vegetable oil for to cook veggies and ground beef
  • 3 cups oil to fry the rolls
  • One onion diced
  • 6 green onion thinly sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tbs fresh turmeric grated
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • ¼ tsp cardamom
  • ½ tsp ground ginger optional
  • 2 tsp coriander seasoning
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp dry cilantro
  • 1 tsp red pepper
  • 2 egg yolks

1 large package of phyllo dough

    Garlic Aioli

    • ½ cup mayonnaise
    • ¼ tsp ground ginger
    • ½ tsp dry cilantro
    • ½ tbs honey
    • 1 tbs hot sauce
    • 1-2 garlic cloves finely minced


    • In a pan over medium high heat with oil add onions and cook for 2 mins or until translucent. Add garlic and turmeric and cook for one min. Add the ground beef and all the filling ingredients. Cook on medium high for 10 minutes or until brown. Drain.

    For the puff pastry

    • Unfold the pastry sheets on a lightly floured surface. Layer 2 sheets of dough and cut each pastry sheet into 5 inch squares
    • With a pastry brush, brush the edges of pastry with egg yolk. Spoon about ¼ cup meat mixture on the end of each pastry square. Fold the 2 sides over the filling and roll until the top is reached. Working in batches, add pastry rolls to the a large frying pan of hot oil and fry until evenly golden brown and crispy, about 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.

    For the aioli

    • Add all the aioli ingredients to a bowl and mix well.