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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Mediterranean Veggie Pita


I've mentioned a few times that I'm trying to copycat some of the sandwiches served at Panera. They have some good combos and some really good breads, and since my gang likes a yummy, big sandwich for dinner once a week, this copycatting is paying off. The latest is a Mediterranean Veggie Pita. Panera's Veggie sandwich is not a pita, but I decided that I want ours to be served on a pita. And since I'm the chef... Panera's sandwich is served on a Basil bread, and its ingredients include Peppadew peppers, which I have not been able to find in the store. Other than that I've think I've got it.

This recipe is a delicious and nutritious and low-fat and inexpensive sandwich that I could easily eat three times a week. The ingredients are versatile, other than the hummus, which I feel is pretty crucial, so you can add whatever veggies you want, and if you don't have feta cheese, it will still taste great. A can of chickpeas is less than a buck and if you don't want to buy tahini (it's a little pricey), you can still make great hummus. The first time I made these I used Annie's recipe for Jalapeno Cilantro Hummus. It was good, but the second time I made them, I used basic hummus and with the addition of the other veggies it's a negligible difference. So I'll save the time and make the basic. The Jalapeno Cilantro variety would be good with just plain veggies for dipping.

I am including the quantities of veggies I used, but like I said, this is a versatile sandwich so just use what you like.

Mediterranean Veggie Pita
serves 6

6 pita breads -- large (I used these)
one recipe hummus (below)
2 cups shredded iceberg lettuce (good crunch!)
1/2 cup sliced red onion
1 cup sliced cucumbers
3 Roma tomatoes, diced
1 red, yellow or orange pepper, sliced in thin strips
1/2 cup feta cheese

Warm pita breads in a skillet (do not crisp) or in the micro.
Spread one half with several tablespoons hummus.
layer cucumbers, onion, peppers, tomato and lettuce.
Sprinkle with a tablespoon feta cheese.
Fold over and enjoy.
These are a little messy -- just hold over and stuff it in!



1 can chickpeas (garbanzo beans) drained and rinsed
1 clove garlic
2 T. tahini (optional)
juice of one fresh lemon
about 1/4 cup olive oil (I use light tasting for the kids)

Place beans and garlic in food processor.
Pulse for 30 seconds.
Add tahini and lemon juice and process for about a minute.
With machine running,
slowly stream in oil until hummus is a good creamy consistency.
Salt to taste.



Granola Girl said...

The only place around here that we can get Pepperdews is either at Cash and Carry (in a gynormous quantity) or at Costco (in a just slightly smaller gynormous quantity). They are really tasty, but a few go a long way.

Jessica said...

The girls and I made this tonight, to finish up "H" week and it was DELICIOUS!! I used Pita Pockets, but sure wish I could have found some flat bread, since I prefer it, but they were still super yummy. Thanks!

Jessica said...

Oh and we did leave off the feta, since none of us really care for it here. =)