Mediterranean Stuffed Pitas (Arayes,
see below Chef's Notes!)
Yield - Individual Sandwiches
3/4 lbs minced lamb
1/4 lb pork (Ground)
2 large tomatoes (finely chopped)
1 medium white onion(finely chopped)
1/3 cup parsley, finely chopped
1/2 cup olive oil, divided
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon red chili pepper
1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses (optional)
7 to 8 thick loaves pita bread
3/4 LB FRESH LEAN GROUND BEEF (See Chef Notes)
1/4 LB GROUND LEG OF LAMB
2 TBSP GREEN ZA'ATAR SEASONING (See Chef Notes)
1 TBSP EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
4 -5 - 6 INCH FRESH PITA BREADS
1/2 CUP CREOLE SAUCE (See
1/2 LB FETA CHEESE (Crumbled)
1/2 CUP KALAMATA OLIVES (Pitted)
1/4 CUP FRESH DILL WEED (Coarsely Chopped)
Tabled in a Dipping Bowls.....
Extra Virgin Olive
Tzatzike (Cucumber/Yogurt Dip)
In a stainless steel bowl combine the first 4 ingredients. Reserve refrigerated.
Meanwhile, spread the Creole Sauce evenly over the pitas. Then divide the seasoned meat and spread evenly over the pitas. Arrange on one or more baking sheet pans.
If you like warmed olives add now, or garnish after baking.
Preheat oven to 400F, bake 15 minutes or until feta is lightly brown.
Garnish with the dill weed, cut into quarters and serve with tabled Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar. See pic below!
This recipe is not a traditional Middle Eastern recipe, Well DUH!
I LOVE pita breads!! And I LOVE Za'atar seasonings!! This is a dried seasoning pack that I get from my local Arab market. It is a combined seasoning mix with mostly dried roasted thyme, sesame seeds and oregano. AND!!! it is only $3.00 for an entire pound!!
The feta cheese will not melt like a mozzarella, it seems to brown and hold it's shape.
Middle Eastern food is fantastic!!! (gifs courtesy of Linda Sawaya and Saudi Aramco World)
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