Arayes is one of the barbecue dishes in the Levant countries …Basically it is pitta bread that is stuffed with spiced meat .. its usually barbecued 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 everything together well … and set it aside … this is the filling
Now take the pitta bread and open it… and using the olive oil … oil the inside of the bread..
Then oil the outside of the bread …and do that to all the amount of bread… and set them all aside ..
Then stuff each pitta bread with about 1 tb of meat …
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 🙂 …