When I cook I usually don't measure. So now that my babies are all grown up, I started to cook all their favorite foods with measuring cups, spoons, pencil, and a notebook by my side, recording every step for future references.
Dinner table is that special place where all the family gathers to exchange events of the day, to share special moments, and to make important announcement. And if good home cooked food is served on that table, these gatherings become even more precious and memorable.
Not long ago I posted my home baked pita bread recipe. So with pita in the freezer I was set to make my pita burgers. Slightly different approach to a burger but since ground meat is involved I just named it "pita burger". It's easy, quick, crunchy, spicy, and delicious :)
PITA BURGER (8 6inch pita burgers) (For the printable version click here)
2 cups ground lamb
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 large ripe tomato, diced
¼ cup pickled jalapeno peppers, finely chopped
1 tsp salt
½ tsp black pepper
½ tsp crushed chili peppers
½ tsp ground cumin
2 tbsp olive oil
¼ tsp ground ginger
8 pita breads, 6 inch
¼ cup olive oil, for smothering the pita
In a big bowl, mix all the ingredients.
Open pita bread and start filling them with meat mixture, approximately ¼ cup of filling per pita bread. Press the meat mixture firmly onto the bread.
Smother both sides of pita generously with olive oil and bake in 500*F preheated oven for 7 minutes on each side or until bread is browned and crunchy. Serve with pickled banana peppers, Greek yogurt, salad or maybe salsa or your favorite sauce. TIP1: Use deep baking pan to prevent smoking for there will be some oil splattering involved. First time I made them I used shallow baking pan and my fire alarm went off, yaycks! TIP2: Pita burger is also very tasty when grilled. Just make sure that the flame is low and not too hot!