beef shawarma

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By Cecilia Myers
from Fort Lauderdale, FL

One of my FAVORITE Middle-Eastern dishes!

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Ingredients For beef shawarma

  • 2 lb
    beef, prime rib is best
  • 1 c
    plain yogurt
  • 1/4 c
    vinegar
  • 2 clove
    garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp
    pepper
  • 1/2 tsp
    salt
  • 2
    cardamom pods
  • 1 tsp
    alspice
  • 1
    juice from 1 lemon
  • FOR THE SAUCE:
  • 1 c
    tahini
  • 2 clove
    garlic, crushed
  • 1/4 c
    lemon juice
  • 2 5/8 Tbsp
    yogurt
  • PITA FILLING:
  • 8
    loaves of pita bread
  • 1
    thinly sliced cucumber
  • 1
    thinly sliced onion
  • 1/2 tsp
    sumac (found in greek and mid eastern markets)
  • 1
    thinly sliced tomatoes
  • 1/4 c
    fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • pickle slices (optional)
  • shredded lettuce

How To Make beef shawarma

  • 1
    MARINADE BEEF. Combine all ingredients except for beef to make marinade. If it seems dry, add a little olive oil (a tablespoon at a time.) Pour marinade over beef, cover and refrigerate at least 8 hrs.
  • 2
    In a stockpot or large saucepan, cook beef over medium heat for 45 minutes or until done. Be sure not to overcook! If beef becomes a little dry, add a few tablespoons of water throughout cooking duration.
  • 3
    While beef is cooking, PREPARE THE SAUCE. Combine all ingredients and set aside.
  • 4
    PREPARE THE FILLINGS: Take the onions, tomatoes, cucumbers and sprinkle with sumac. Add other filling ingredients in a large bowl and combine well.
  • 5
    When the beef is done, you can shred it, slice it, or leave into large pieces. As long as it is thinly cut, there is not much difference.
  • 6
    PREPARE THE PITA: Place enough beef on pita that it covers 1/4 of the loaf. Add veggies and pour on sauce. Roll like a soft taco or burrito and you have SHAWARMA! Serve with hummus or "garlic sauce." I like to put shredded lettuce in the pocket too...
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