Everything You Need to Know About Tunisian Brik

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A visit to Tunisia is not complete unless you have tried the famous Tunisian Brik. This is a delicious dish that can be commonly found in any homecooked meals or at Tunisian restaurants.

Tunisian Brik
Tunisian Brik

What is Tunisian Brik?

Brik or “breek” is an appetizer very easy to prepare. It consists of a thin, hand-made pastry called “malsouqa” and is filled with different ingredients like tuna, meat, and eggs. The pastry is folded in a triangular and deep-fried. It is recommended that the dish is being garnished with squeezed lemon juice for freshness. Probably the most famous brik is the egg one, filled with a whole egg, tuna, and parsley. Besides, the egg brik, the meat brik is also very popular in Tunisia.

Making Brik
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Recipe for Tunisian Brik

Ingredients for a meat brik:
– 250g of minced meat
– 4 eggs
– 150g grated cheese
– 30g butter
– 500g Semolina
– Olive Oil
– Ground black pepper
– Salt

Season the ground beef with salt and pepper. Cook in ¼ liter of water and 3 tablespoons of olive oil and stir frequently. Break the eggs into a saucepan, add the butter, and stir until the eggs thicken.

In a bowl, combine the meat, eggs, and cheese.

Prepare the dough by mixing the Semolina, 3 tsps. olive oil and warm water. Let the dough rest for 45 minutes. Knead the dough again for a few minutes, lower in thin sheets, and cut into slices.

Put a spoonful of filling in the center of each slice. Fold and glue the edges with your fingers. Cook them in boiling oil.
Drain and serve hot with lemon wedges.

About the author

Joshua Mok has been living in Tunisia since 2016. He has traveled extensively throughout the country, and has firsthand experience with the language, people, and culture of North Africa. It is his passion to introduce to others some of the best destinations in North Africa that he has experienced.

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