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Pastrmajlija (Macedonian Meat Pie)

A recipe for Pastrmajlija (Macedonian Meat Pie) from Macedonia: The Cookbook. This rectangular-shaped pie is filled with paprika-marinated pork and eggs, then baked until golden.
Course Main
Cuisine Macedonian
Keyword egg, Macedonia, Macedonian, meat, pie, pork
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Resting Time: 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings 6 -8 Servings



  • 1 1/2 cups (350 milliliters) warm water
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons (7 grams) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon white sugar
  • 4 cups (500 grams) all-purpose flour sifted, plus extra for dusting
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil plus extra for greasing


  • 1 pound (450 grams) pork tenderloin cut into 1/2 inch (1 centimeter) chunks
  • 5 tablespoons (70 grams) butter melted
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 3 eggs whisked


To prepare the dough:

  • Place the warm water in a small bowl. Add the yeast and sugar. Cover the bowl with a plate and let stand until the yeast begins to foam, about 10 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour and salt. Make a well in the center. Pour the yeast mixture and the oil into the well.
  • Using a spatula, gently fold the flour into the liquid until incorporated and a dough begins to form.
  • Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. Lightly dust the surface of the dough with flour if it feels sticky.
  • Lightly grease a large bowl with a thin layer of olive oil and place the dough inside. Brush the top of the dough with a thin layer of olive oil. Cover the bowl with a large plate and set aside in a warm place to rise for 1 hour.

To assemble:

  • Meanwhile, toss together the pork, melted butter, olive oil, salt, and paprika. Refrigerate for 1 hour to marinate.
  • Preheat the oven to 350˚F (180˚C). Grease a 21- by 15-inch (53 by 38 centimeter) baking sheet with olive oil.
  • Place the dough on a clean work surface. Roll the dough into a rectangle 1/4-inch (6 mm) thick, and about 2 inches (5 centimeter) larger than your baking sheet. Carefully transfer the dough to the baking sheet.
  • Fold the edges of the dough over to create a border around the perimeter of the baking sheet.
  • Spread the meat over the dough in a single layer.
  • Brush the edges of the dough with the whisked eggs and set the remaining eggs aside.
  • Bake the pie for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and pour the remaining eggs over the meat.
  • Return to the oven and bake for an additional 7 to 10 minutes, until the eggs are cooked and the dough is golden brown.