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Baked Beef Arayes

 An arayes is a classic Middle Eastern street food. One of my favorite things to do is travel the world in my kitchen via recipes I find. This is my take on a beef arayes!


2 russet potatoes

1 lemon

10 ounces ground beef

2 teaspoons baharat spice blend

2 Mediterranean pitas

 fresh dill

1/4 cup sour cream

1 clove garlic, minced

salt, pepper, olive oil


Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

Cut potatoes into 1⁄2-inch thick fries. Toss on a rimmed baking sheet with 3 tablespoons oil and a pinch each of salt and pepper.

Bake on lower oven rack until browned on the bottom, about 25 minutes. Flip and cook until crisp, about 15 minutes more.

While fries cook, grate 1⁄2 teaspoon lemon zest . Squeeze 1 teaspoon juice into a small bowl; set aside. Cut remaining lemon into wedges.

In a medium bowl, mix beef with baharat spice, lemon zest, half of the chopped garlic, 1⁄2 teaspoon salt, and a few grinds of pepper.

Line a second rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

Spread beef in an even layer on 1 pita; top with remaining pita. Drizzle both sides with oil and cut into quarters. Transfer to prepared baking sheet.

Bake on upper oven rack until pita is browned and meat is cooked through, flipping halfway through cooking time, about 15 minutes.

Coarsely chop dill. Add to fries with a squeeze of lemon and toss to combine.

To bowl with lemon juice, stir in all of the sour cream, remaining chopped garlic, and 1 teaspoon water . Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Serve beef arayes with fries and lemon- garlic sauce alongside. Enjoy!


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