Arayes (Pitta Bread Stuffed With Meat)

Arayes is one of the barbecue dishes in the Levant countries …Basically it is pitta bread that is stuffed with spiced meat .. its usually barbecuedΒ  but can be grilled too … the stuffing (meat) is very similar to that of Safiha .. but the sumac in this case is optional … Arayes is perfect for entertaining and i even made it into bite size … to make it you will need:

– Pitta bread .. around 12 small pitta bread .. quartered (you can keep it whole if u like .. i just made it into bite size and thats why i quartered it)

– 1lb minced meat (beef or lamb.. which ever you prefer)

– 1 onion, finely chopped

– 2 tomatoes, finely chopped

– 1 tb tomato paste

– 1 ts all spice

– salt and pepper

– 1tb sumac, optional

– Olive oil


Just like in the Safiha recipe .. refer to it … you need to place the onions and tomatoes in a sieve … and add a little salt to it and keep it to release all its liquids .. might need to press it with the back of a spoon…this will take 20 to 30 mins…

Then in a bowl … add the meat, tomatoes, onions, tomato paste, all-spice, salt and pepper and sumac if using….

Mix meat

Mix everything together well … and set it aside … this is the filling

Oil pitta

Now take the pitta bread and open it… and using the olive oil … oil the inside of the bread..

oil bread from outside

Then oil the outside of the bread …and do that to all the amount of bread… and set them all aside ..

Stuff bread with meat

Then stuff each pitta bread with about 1 tb of meat …

Place on baking sheet & bake

At this stage if u like u can barbecue it .. but if u cant .. then simply grill it … so place it all in a baking sheet .. and over medium to high heat .. bake it turning it over twice .. this is to make sure it browns equally on both side .. do that until the meat is cooked .. this will take about 15 to 20 mins …


Serve hot or warm with any dip or salad such as Tabbouleh

Enjoy πŸ™‚ …


31 Comments Add yours

  1. aubreecheriedesigns says:

    These look delicious! I don’t cook with meat that often so I don’t know if i’ll try it, but if anything you made me think about it, haha!


  2. limeandlemon says:

    lol … Well good enough for now Aubree… There is at least an option of trying it yet πŸ˜€ … let me know if u do … stay in touch πŸ™‚

  3. bruleeblog says:

    Hmm I wonder if that would work well with ground turkey or even meatless ground round.

  4. limeandlemon says:

    Never really got to try it … but i think it will turn out nice too … if u ever get to try it .. let me know how it turns out πŸ™‚

  5. shoalswriter says:

    I never thought of oiling the inside of pita-bread pieces as well as the outside when I toast them in the oven — thanks for the tip!

  6. limeandlemon says:

    Thanx Shoalswriter… this adds alot of flavors to it.. and makes it brown nicely too .. stay in touch πŸ™‚

  7. heyclaire says:

    This recipe makes me want to throw a party!!!

  8. Medena says:

    This is definitely great party food! I’ll be stuffing with all sorts of things! Delicious!

  9. limeandlemon says:

    Thanx Claire … It sure is great for parties .. and so easy to make … πŸ™‚

  10. limeandlemon says:

    Thanx Medena … Yea you are right .. even a simple cheese like feta would be great … let me know if u try it .. stay in touch πŸ™‚

  11. meeso says:

    Awesome recipe, I’m glad you stopped by my blog… I like the food you have on here… I will surely add you to my blogroll!

  12. bonnevivante says:

    oh wow! that looks so goood….
    i absolutely love pita bread. your pictures and recipes all look and sound delicious! i’m a big fan of mediterranean and middle-eastern cuisine

    will try this one day when i’m feeling adventerous!

    p.s. thanks for stopping by my blog

  13. limeandlemon says:

    Thanx Meeso … stay in touch πŸ™‚

  14. limeandlemon says:

    Thanx Bonnevivante … glad u like it .. let me know when u get to try any πŸ™‚ .. stay in touch

  15. Chuck says:

    Laila, great finger food. I like the idea that it can be served hot or cold. My wife’s work always has special lunches where everyone bring something to share. But, they don’t have a way to heat food, other than a microwave. So, it’s nice to have something that doesn’t need to be heated but tastes great. Thanks

  16. limeandlemon says:

    Thanx Chuck … im glad you like it … let me know when u get to try it πŸ™‚ … stay in touch

  17. leicalady says:

    This looks great and your recipe and photos make it look fun and easy!

  18. limeandlemon says:

    Thanx Leicalady… Im really glad you like it … let me know how it turns out when u get to try it … stay in touch πŸ™‚

  19. deeba says:

    Thanks for stopping by Laila. I like this recipe & I love the flavour of your blog. It’s very refreshing!

  20. limeandlemon says:

    Thanx Deeba πŸ™‚

  21. shalomd says:

    turned out great! the whole batch of them were eaten so quickly!


  22. food-cook says:

    turned out great! the whole batch of them were eaten so quickly!

    thanks, as you see i have an AKA πŸ™‚

  23. limeandlemon says:

    It really is a tasty meal Food-Cook… im glad they turned out good… stay in touch πŸ™‚

  24. Becky says:

    Hey Laila- it’s Becky from I’ve moved my website to

    These meat pies look sooo yummy! I can’t wait to try them. Do you know how to make kibbe balls? I’m looking for a good recipe. I’m craving kibbe balls and hummus!

  25. limeandlemon says:

    Thanx Becky .. its been a really long time … i just checked your new blog ..looks really nice …
    About the kibbe … yea i know how to make it … will try to post it soon .. and will post hummus recipe too … it might take me a while to be able to post it .. but i will try posting it as soon as i can … stay in touch πŸ™‚

  26. cwillie says:

    This looks awesome! Definitely going to try it soon. And thanks for all your feedback on my blog!

    Chris Williams

  27. limeandlemon says:

    Thanx Chris .. Let me know how it turns out .. stay in touch πŸ™‚

  28. Engineer + Cooking = Cuisine*Adventure says:

    Limeandlemon, where do you find sumac???!!! I live in New Jersey and can’t find it anywhere! I’ve been dying to make my own Za’atar (can’t find that around here, either), but can’t bring myself to order online…. πŸ™‚

  29. limeandlemon says:

    Engineer + Cooking = Cuisine*Adventure.. All i know is that its sold in specialty stores around in the US … but i googled it and i got few places … just check for grocery stores that sells middle eastern grocery … and its supposed to be found in the spices section … if that doesnt work im afraid u will have to get it online πŸ˜€

  30. huda says:

    another great recipe from you..i actually tried it last nite
    and made some ammendmends.i ran out of pita i baked the meat and placed thin slices of eggplant and potatoes over the meat and cover it.we ate it with light sour cream and bread.the taste was divine…thankyou so much for sharing your recipes πŸ™‚ my husband simply loves it πŸ™‚

  31. limeandlemon says:

    Thank you Huda … You made a completely new recipe out of it … it sounds very interesting … gonna give it a try soon …. keep giving me your feedback …. and stay in touch πŸ™‚

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