ground beef is always in my freezer for quick meatballs, spaghetti sauce, or meatloaf. i found this recipe while watching ‘aarti party’ on the food network one afternoon. i was drawn to the different ingredients, including garam masala (which can be found in the spice section of most grocery stores). it seemed easy enough, so i gave it a try.
this recipe can be used to feed a crowd at a party or two for dinner, but are best served warm. i would recommend serving them with some tzatziki or other creamy sauce to liven it up.
i made this for dinner and ate the leftovers for lunch. it’s simple and only requires a short list of ingredients (many of which are already in my fridge or cupboards).
lebanese beef pitas
- 1/2 large white onion, roughly chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, smashed
- 1/2 small bunch fresh parsley
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1 small tomato, diced finely
- 1/4 tsp. garam masala
- 1/4 c. toasted pine nuts
- 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
- Kosher salt
- 4 pieces pita (whole wheat or regular), cut into quarters
- Extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing
preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
in a food processor, combine the onions, garlic, and parsley until finely minced. transfer to a large bowl and add in the beef, tomato, garam masala, pine nuts, and lemon juice. season with salt. mix with your hands until well combined.
arrange the pita quarters on a parchment-lined baking sheet. fill each quarter with about 2 tablespoons of the meat mixture, flattening it out so the filling is even. brush each pita quarter on both sides with a little olive oil. sprinkle salt on top.
bake for 20 minutes, turning once halfway through. Pitas should be browned and crispy.