Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Meat Ejjeh - Perfect for Chanukah

Ejjeh B’Lah’Meh (Meat Pancakes) is basically a meat latkah and would be a perfect food to make for Chanukah. Lah'Meh means meat. Not exactly sure what ejjeh means. One Syrian cookbook translated it as fritter, another said omelet, and my mom wasn't sure and said she thinks it means pancake. But you get the idea. Basically it is anything mixed with egg and fried. There are all different types of ejjeh (which I will be posting about soon). My grandmother ate a lot of ejjeh when she was a child during the depression. Ejjeh is the perfect food to get the most bang from your buck. During times when the money was tight and families had a hard time putting food on the table, ejjeh was a way to fill a lot of mouths. Basically ejjeh is a way to take whatever ingredient you have (in this case ground meat) and turn it into dinner for the whole entire family.

Ejjeh B'Lah'Mah is meat mixed with eggs flavored with all spice and white pepper. 
                                                                          That's it.

Fry it.

Doesn't take long before it is ready.

Add bread and eat it as a sandwich. 

You can top it with ketchup, tomatoes, lettuce, or even guacamole, like me!

But truthfully, it is flavorful enough to be eaten on its own.

Ejjeh B'Lah'Meh - Meat Pancakes

1)1 pound ground beef
2)4 eggs plus 2 egg whites
3)1 tablespoon all spice
4)sprinkle of white pepper (I used black)
5)oil for frying

In a bowl, mix together all of the ingredients.  Heat oil on the stove. Drop 3 large spoonfuls of meat mixture and cook for 2 minutes on each side (until no longer pink). Continue until the meat mixture is all used up, stacking the pancakes on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb the extra oil.
Feeds 4 people. Or just 2 if a hungry husband is involved.                                                                                        

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