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Recipe by
Francine Lizotte
Surrey South, BC

Packed with flavor, this Egyptian sandwich recipe is delicious and will surprise both you and your taste buds!

yield 6 servings
prep time 13 Min
cook time 17 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For hawawshi

  • 1 tsp
    ground cumin
  • 1 tsp
    ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
    hot paprika
  • 1/2 tsp
    ground cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp
    ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp
    ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 1 c
    white onions, finely chopped
  • 1 c
    red peppers, finely chopped
  • 1 lg
    jalapeño pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 lg
    cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 1/2 lb
    (750 g) lean ground beef
  • 3 Tbsp
    tomato paste
  • ground himalayan sea salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste (i always use mixed peppercorns)
  • 1 Tbsp
    fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 3 lg
    pita bread (substitute baladi bread)
  • 1 Tbsp
    clarified butter, or as needed

How To Make hawawshi

  • 1
    SPICE MIX: To make the spice mix; in a small bowl, add cumin, coriander, allspice, hot paprika, cardamom, ground cloves and ground cinnamon; whisk well and set aside.
  • 2
    SANDWICH: Preheat oven (see footnote) to 400ºF/200ºC
  • 3
    In a large saucepan over medium heat, add oil and when it gets hot, add onions, red peppers and jalapeño peppers; sauté for 1 minute. Add pressed garlic and sauté for 30 seconds. Add ground beef and break the meat down into small pieces. Add tomato paste, incorporate it into the mixture and cook the ingredients no longer than 2 minutes.
  • 4
    Remove from the heat and transfer the meat mixture into a large bowl. Add the spice mix and season with ground sea salt and freshly ground black pepper as well as chopped parsley; stir everything together.
  • 5
    Scoop up the mixture and fill each pita pocket, leaving any liquid behind so the bread doesn’t get soggy. Transfer them to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper before lightly brushing on some clarified butter on top.
  • 6
    Transfer to the preheated oven and bake for 14 minutes. Halfway through cooking, carefully flip them over, return them to the oven and bake for the remaining time. When it’s done, serve them immediately with my Creamy Tahini Sauce.
  • 7
    FOOTNOTE: It can also be grilled on the barbecue at 400ºF
  • 8
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