Cultured Palate: International Dishes from Morocco
B’stilla is a dish that reflects the Spanish influence on Moroccan cooking. Morocco was a Spanish colony for many years, and this dish comes from the Spanish pastilla, which made its way into Arabic as b’stilla. It was made popular by Andalusian immigrants to Fez.
B’stilla is a pie made of thin werqa dough, which is similar to Greek phyllo pastry, wrapped around a mixture of shredded meat and spices. Traditionally, the meat inside would be pigeon, but you’re more likely to find chicken today. The pie is then topped with a sweet mixture of ground almonds, cinnamon, and sugar, which complements the savory filling inside.