Beef Pita

Beef Pita Recipe

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2 lb
ground beef
onion, chopped
cloves minced fresh garlic
1/2 lb
fresh mushrooms, sliced
bay leaf
1.25 tsp
1/2 tsp
chili powder
1/2 tsp
1/4 tsp
8 oz
tomato sauce
1/3 c
burgundy wine
8 oz
cream cheese softened
1 c
cottage cheese, creamed
1/2 c
feta cheese crumbles
1/2 c
unsalted butter, melted
8 oz
phyllo sheets
1/4 c
bread crumbs


parsley sprigs
cherry tomatoes

How to Make Beef Pita


  • 1Combine ground beef, onion and garlic in a large frying-pan; cook, stirring frequently until beef loses pink color.
  • 2Pour off drippings.
  • 3Add mushrooms, bay leaf, salt, chili powder, cumin powder, and cinnamon; cook, stirring frequently, until mushrooms are tender about 5 minutes.
  • 4Stir in tomato sauce and wine; cook, covered, 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • 5Remove bay leaf.
  • 6Cool while preparing cheese filling.
  • 7Combine egg and cream cheese in medium bowl, beat with electric mixer until smooth.
  • 8Stir in cottage and feta cheeses and blend.
  • 9Brush 13 x 9 inch baking pan with melted butter.
  • 10Line pan with 1 sheet of pastry, fitting pastry to contour of pan. (Pastry will come up over edges of pan.)
  • 11Brush pastry with butter.
  • 12Layer with 3 more pastry sheets, brushing each with butter.
  • 13Sprinkle bread crumbs evenly over top.
  • 14Spoon 1/5 of meat filling in layer over crumbs and 1/5 of the cheese filling over meat.
  • 15Place 1 pastry sheet over cheese filling, crinkling to fit inside dimensions of pan; brush with butter and layer with 1/5 of the meat and 1/5 to the cheese fillings.
  • 16Repeat with 3 more pastry sheets, crinkling each, brushing with butter and topping with fillings.
  • 17Turn bottom pastry ends up over filling.
  • 18Place remaining 8 pastry sheets smoothly over top, brushing each with butter.
  • 19Using spatula, tuck top pastry sheets around inside edges of pan.
  • 20With sharp knife, score top lightly in half lengthwise and sixths crosswise. (Do not cut through.)
  • 21Bake in moderate oven (350 degrees) 1 hour or until top is golden brown.
  • 22Cool at least 10 minutes before cutting along scored lines.
  • 23Place a cherry tomato on each of 12 small wooden picks and insert pick in center of each serving.
  • 24Garnish with parsley.
  • 25Garnish individual servings with fresh fruit kabobs, if desired.
  • 26FRESH FRUIT KABOBS: To make fresh fruit kabobs, place chunks of fresh pineapple, cantaloupe, whole strawberries or other fruits in season on small wooden skewers.
  • 27Servings: 12

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About Beef Pita

Course/Dish: Beef
Other Tag: Quick & Easy