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