My girlfriends and I have been wanting to make an Armenian staple for a while, Manti. If you are not familiar with manti, think if it as our version of Italian raviolis, or our version of a potsticker. It is a perfect treat for Christmas and it is always fun when you get 5 girls in the kitchen with some dough, meat and drinks! We had so much fun making the homemade dough, which I swear is super easy, to making mini meatballs and filling our little pockets of goodness. While you can make this by yourself it is always more fun when you have a good group of people to help you, not to mention a group of men with appetites. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we enjoyed making this dish.
Makes about 300 manti
4 cups flour
2 teaspoon salt
6 Tablespoons Vegetable oil
water to prepare medium hard dough
2 pound ground meat
1 small onion finely chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon all spice
1 teaspoon paprika
5 cups chicken broth
3 tablespoons tomato paste
2 teaspoons pepper paste
2 pounds yogut
3-4 cloves garlic, mashed
- Put the flour, salt and oil in a food processor and add enough water to prepare medium hard dough. ( start by adding 1/4 cup of water at a time)
- Divide the dough into 4 balls. Sprinkle some flour at the bottom of the bowl and leave the dough to rest, covered with a cloth of 20-30 minutes.
- Sprinkle some flour over a workable surface or table and roll out a large circle of dough.
- Cut the dough into long strips about 1 inch wide and cut each of these strips into 1 inch wide to make a square.
- Combine the group meat, onion, salt and spices and blend into a smooth paste.
- Put a small pinch from this meat paste in the middle of each square of pastry and pinch the two sides in the shape of a boat.
- Coat the bottom of a baking tray generously with oil and arrange the manti boats side by side.
- Bake in a preheated oven at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes or until the bottoms and tops of the manta boats are slightly brown.
- Heat the chicken broth and blend in the tomato and pepper paste. Pour over the baked manti in a bowl until the manti absorbs the sauce.
- Combine the yogurt and the mashed garlic.
- Serve with yogurt sauce on top and enjoy your hard work!