Wednesday, August 25, 2010

golas belahma elmafroma جلاش باللحمه المفرومه

My very first recipe and post will be one of my all time favorites. Golas belahma elmafroma. Or as I call it the ground beef stuff with peppers onions and tomato. =)~  It's too easy and a true classic.

What ya need....

1 roll of phyllo dough. I like Athens brand.
1/2 a cup melted ghee  if your  not Indian or Arab more then likely you don't have this on hand. I use it a lot and make it myself It's nothing more then cooled clerifyed butter. Or you can use margarine.
1.5  pounds lean ground beef. We use Halal ground beef when ever possible. It's grain and grass feed free rage and killed in the Islamic manner.
1 large green bell pepper.
1 med. yellow onion,
1 large tomato.
1.5 cups of shredded cheddar. 
salt, red pepper for a kick some times I add a bit of beef bullion if I have it on hand.

Pre heat your oven to 350 degrees. Set your Phyllo out to thaw.

Chop onion, bell pepper and tomato, keep tomato separate from the rest.
In a med. skillet throw together the beef, onions, pepper and seasonings. Cook until 75% done then add the diced tomato and finish. I add the tomato at the end so it docent turn into mush. Remove from heat and drain off any fat in the pan.

Butter a 12 by 9 glass baking dish. Unroll your phyllo dough. Take 4- 5 sheets and lay on the bottom of the baking dish. sprinkle lightly with cheese  then add 1/2 of the cooked meat and veggies. top with 7-8 more sheets of dough ( you want that layer a bit thicker) brush melted ghee of the dough, add meat and veggies, a bit of cheese and then repeat with more dough. On the top layer of Phyllo brush with ghee. I use a serving spoon to push stray edges of dough down to make the top look more uniform and neat. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top then to the oven for about 30 min or until golden brown.

When you remove from the oven allow it to cool for about 15 min and it will be much more easy to cut and serve.

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