Moroccans have not invented stuffed flat bread as such, I've tried hawawshi in Egypt, Arayes in the Middle East, mostly stuffed with ground meat, mint and some spices. I like Italian piadinas, and I love Indian parathas (we have the same concept as well). We have our Sahraoui Medfouna.
In Morocco, I first got to try the stuffed batbout when I was still a child. One of our neighbours were from the South, From the Sahara actually. They had an old oven in their backyard, built the same way they used to make them centuries ago. They used to cook and bake using wood. So that flat bread, stuffed with fat, onions, spices, coriander and parsley would just come out of this world (batbout bechehma).
So here is one of my versions of stuffed batbout, in a apartment-friendly kitchen, a less fatty version..I think It worked. I don't see myself getting hold of an old-style built oven anytime soon, so I should stick to this.
There is a key ingredient to this: Khlii, which I have posted earlier. I suspect you can use a smoky- garlicky meat which you can shred or chop (smoked bacon).
IngredientsFor 6 stuffed batbouts
Prep: 10 min - Proofing: 30 min - Cooking : 6 min
- 1/3 of batbout dough recipe
- 2 tbsp of agriche (spices from Khlii)
- 2 tbsp of Khlii meat (you could replace with smoked meat)
- 2 tbsp of red pepper, finely chopped
- 1 small red onion, finely chopped
- 1 tbsp of olive oil
- 1/2 tsp of chili powder, or fresh chili
- 1 tbsp of sweet paprika
- 1 handful of coriander and parsley, chopped
- 1/2 clove of garlic, mashed
On a medium heat, cook the the vegetables in olive oil. I add a couple of spoons of water and cover them so they become tender.
Add the rest of the ingredients, stir. Cook for a few minutes. It should be reduced and cooled before you use it for stuffing.
Follow the same procedure to make flat bread mentioned here, except that this time, you need to couple 2 circles. So you will be making a sort of closed sandwich, just like it the picture.
Make sure you push with your fingers or with a floured fork to seal the borders. Prick with a fork and let rest for 30 min or so.
Slightly grease the heavy pan and cook the stuffed batbout, a couple of minutes from each side, do not forget the borders as well.
In case you do not have Khlii, you can just use bacon or any smoked meat with a fat content. You can reproduce the agriche taste by using cumin, garlic, ground coriander powder.
Serve hot or at room temperature. Make ahead and freeze, then warm in micro-wave and finish in a hot pan.
I like that crust, slighty burnt, it just gives it an authentic taste.
I hope you try it!