Homemade Egyptian Hawawshi By The Mediterranean Dish

Homemade Egyptian Hawawshi By The Mediterranean Dish
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Homemade Egyptian Hawawshi By The Mediterranean Dish
Yields12 Servings
Prep Time15 minsCook Time15 minsTotal Time30 mins

Hawawshi is a popular Egyptian street food, particularly in Cairo and Alexandria (where they call it baladi). It is basically dough (or pita) stuffed with a mixture of ground beef that is seasoned with tantalizing warm spices, onions, garlic, hot peppers and fresh herbs.

In Egypt, hawawshi pitas are typically made to order so they're fresh out of the oven when you get them. When local Egyptian restaurants, particularly in Cairo or Alexandria, make it, they start by making a special dough (similar to the dough used for pita bread) and then they wrap the dough around the meat mixture and cook it in their large ovens (some use clay ovens or pizza ovens).

 1 large yellow onion quartered
 2 garlic cloves
 1 green bell pepper cored and cut into large chunks
 1 jalapeno halved and seeded (leave some of the seed if you like heat)
 ½ ounce fresh parsley stems trimmed (cut most of the stem but leave some for extra flavor)
 2 lbs lean ground beef
 3 tbsp tomato paste
 6 loaves of pita bread you need the kind with pockets
For the Hawawshi Seasoning (Spice Mixture)
 1 tsp coriander
 1 tsp allspice
 1 tsp paprika
 ½ tsp cumin
 ¾ tsp cardamom
 ¼ tsp cinnamon

Ingredients

 1 large yellow onion quartered
 2 garlic cloves
 1 green bell pepper cored and cut into large chunks
 1 jalapeno halved and seeded (leave some of the seed if you like heat)
 ½ ounce fresh parsley stems trimmed (cut most of the stem but leave some for extra flavor)
 2 lbs lean ground beef
 3 tbsp tomato paste
 6 loaves of pita bread you need the kind with pockets
For the Hawawshi Seasoning (Spice Mixture)
 1 tsp coriander
 1 tsp allspice
 1 tsp paprika
 ½ tsp cumin
 ¾ tsp cardamom
 ¼ tsp cinnamon
Homemade Egyptian Hawawshi By The Mediterranean Dish

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