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Hawawshi (haWOWshi)

Beef-stuffed Pitas

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I have an AMAZING recipe for you, ARE YOU READY??


I am so excited to share this awesome recipe with you, it has to be one of the easiest and tastiest recipes EVER. It should be called haWOWshi. Maybe I’ll redub it! How did I not post it before, what was I thinking? Clearly I wasn’t!

This dish is sooooo amaaaizing, the beef mixture is full of flavour, the aroma coming from the spices as it’s cooking will make you drool and the zaatar brushed pitas adds a crispy flavoursome addition. You can make the minced meat a day ahead and YES you can freeze the uncooked meat mixture! How much work is involved very little, all you have to do is mix it, stuff it, coat it, cook it, THAT’S IT, that’s all there is to it. Can this dish get any better you ask, YES, There is practically NO WASHING UP!

What can I say I LOVE THIS DISH. I would have served it with salad if I had a chance to make it before it got devoured. Hawowshi wow wow wow!

Can you guys do me a favour, if you make this dish, promise you will share it on this page!


4 small round pitas 100g each

500g minced beef

½ cup finely chopped parsley

1 small onion finely chopped

3-5 cloves garlic crushed, I used 5

1 teaspoon Baharat

¼ teaspoon cumin

½ teaspoon sweet paprika

½ teaspoon ground cardoman

½ teaspoon allspice

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

Salt and pepper to taste

Zaatar (optional)

Olive oil


Preheat the oven to 200C

Line a baking tray with baking paper and place a wire rack on top.

You don’t want to cook it on the tray as it may become soggy from the juices.

Add to a mixing bowl all of the ingredients except for the olive oil, zaatar and the pitas.

Using your hands or a spoon mix the meat, the onion, spices, parsley and garlic thoroughly. If you have time leave it in the fridge for the flavours to amalgamate for a couple of hours. If you don’t have time, all good.

Cut pitas in half to create a pocket (you should end up with 8 pieces of pita pocket, unless something goes very wrong with the basic laws of the universe)

Make 8 even balls of meat mixture and using your hands gently stuff the pita with meat mixture.

Pour a little oil into a bowl (roughly two tablespoons) and brush the pitas with olive oil on both sides.

Place the pita on the wire rack and sprinkle top of pita with zaatar.

Cook for 15-20 minutes depending on your oven.

Serve hot


The amount of meat you stuff the pita with depends on the size of the pita bread you are using and how much meat your family likes to eat.

I found that making 8 even balls of meat mixture for that size pita was the right amount for my family.

Yes, you can freeze uncooked meat mixture.

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