Lebanese Meat-Stuffed Pitas (Arayes)

A Lebanese / Middle Eastern of grilled or even barbecued pita bread filled with lamb meat, onions, tomatoes, and spices – nothing fancy right? But it is so scrumptious and makes a fast and effortless dinner or even perfect for a quick weeknight meal that everyone will love.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 large white onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1/2 small bunch fresh parsley
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 4 small tomato, diced finely
  • 1/4 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • salt
  • 4 pieces pita (whole wheat or regular), cut into quarters
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing

DIRECTIONS

Place meat, tomatoes (with their juice unless you use thin pita bread), onion, parsley, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, garam masala, and salt into a medium bowl. Mix all ingredients very well.

Spread 2 to 3 tablespoon of the mixture into each pita loaf (right before baking to get crispy Arayes). Grease both sides of each loaf with about 1 to 2 tablespoon of olive oil. And then cut it into quarters.

Arrange Arayes in the oven tray and bake them in a preheated oven on a low temperature (160c) until they become slightly brown or golden. Flip them to the other side for more crispness. Serve hot with fresh Greek yogurt and green olives.

 

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