Challah “arias” Schnitzel

Simone Shapiro
by Simone Shapiro
10 Sandwiches
30 min

Arias is known as a Lebanese stuffed pita with meat. Here I took the classic Dish and decided to make it but with a twist. I decided instead of pita, To use Hala bread and I decided to coat the sandwich it in egg wash and Panko crumbs and then deep fry it. The classic sandwich is usually stuffed with ground spiced meat and then grilled on the charcoal grill. I wanted to make a twist on the classic dish. Here I use classic challah bread, ground meat which is seasoned with onion, cumin, and some other Israeli spices and herbs and I make the sandwich with the challah bread. You want to make sure to press down on the bread firmly so the meat sticks to the bread before you coat it with the egg wash. Then you simply take the sandwiches dip them in the egg wash and then dip them in to Panko. If you don’t have a deep fryer then just fill a home pot with frying oil and Fry until crispy and golden brown. I enjoy having a balance between restaurant dishes that I serve in the restaurant and dishes that are more homey and traditional. I have posted once before I hear the classic recipe for a Arias and here I’ve decided to post an interesting twist on the dish which could be really fun to make at home. I’m going to be posting exactly what I put into the meat but of course you can season your meat anyway that you want and any spices that you like or if you like it spicy you can add harissa or any other condiment that you enjoy. Specifically when I made them this time we share them with tahini spread and a nice chopped salad of cucumber tomato and parsley. This is fun and easy and I really recommend trying it.

Challah “arias” Schnitzel
Recipe details
  • 10  Sandwiches
  • Prep time: 20 Minutes Cook time: 10 Minutes Total time: 30 min
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For the meat stuffing
  • 500 grams ground meat
  • 1 red onion chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
For making the sandwich
Heat a large sauce pot with frying oil. Slice the Challah bread to about 1 inch slices. Make the sandwiches with about 4 tablespoons of the meat. Press down on the bread so that the meat sticks to both sides of the Bread. Organize a bowl of about five eggs and another bowl with Panko. Place the sandwich in the egg wash and then into the Panko and set aside on a tray. Once the oil is ready place the sandwiches in the oil and fry until golden brown. After they are crispy you want to place them in an oven at about 325° and cook for just about 5 to 7 minutes. It’s important to put them in the oven for a couple of minutes after the fryer so that you can make sure that the meat inside It’s fully cooked. If you add more meat into your sandwich then of course you just need to add a little bit more cooking time in the oven.