Middle Eastern Arais
Crispy pita with a smoked aroma filled with well-spiced, juicy, ground beef. That's what arais is, made using an old Middle eastern recipe. Arais is usually made on a charcoal grill, simply grilling both sides until the meat is cooked.
Here I have made the recipe that I make in the restaurant I work at but here I sear the pita in a pan and then finish cooking it in the oven.
The version I make is used with ground beef and lamb fat.
If you are a vegetarian you can stuff the pita with a spinach and feta stuffing and it’s simply incredible (but that recipe we will save for another time)
this recipe is filled with flavor, a fun and interesting dinner. I recommend serving it with a spread of salads like tahini, eggplant salad, and Tabbouleh.
- 5 Arais
- Prep time: 25 Minutes|Cook time: 15 Minutes|Total time: 40 Minutes
For the meat filling
- Mix the ground beef with all the ingredients in a medium size mixing bowl
- Cut the fresh pitas in half and stuff each pita with about 4 tablespoons of filling (Heat the oven at 325 degrees)
- Heat a medium size frying pan (or grill pan) to medium heat Brush olive oil on both sides of the pita
- Heat olive oil in the pan and sear both sides of the pita until golden brown
- Place parchment paper on an oven tray and evenly place the pitas on the tray and bake for 8-10 minutes (Serve hot)
- You may also serve the arais at room temperature.