Kadaif Beef Nests

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Recipe for Kadaif Beef Nests

A very easy recipe and looks very impressive as well.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Package of ready to go Kadaif dough
  • 1\2 kilo ground beef
  • 3 tsp pine nuts
  • 1 onion diced
  • 3 dates diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic crushed
  • 3 tsp Ras al Hanut
  • Chopped coriander for garnish
  • Salt & Pepper

Recipe:

  1. Take the ready-made kadaif dough and place in cupcake tin and create a pocket for the beef filling, spray the tin with oil. Turn your oven on 180c and bake the dough until firm and golden brown.
  2. For the beef filling: Saute the onions until translucent. Add the garlic and saute for 1 more minute. Add ground beef, season with salt and pepper, and cook until it’s broken down and nice and brown.
  3. Drain the excess liquid from the ground beef and add the ras al hanut and dates.
  4. In a different pan toast the pine nuts until they have a smokey essence.
  5. Combine all the ingredients together and garnish with fresh coriander.

Serve with a nice yellow tahini sauce or a tomato chutney.

Enjoy!

 

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