Spiced Beef and Onion Pitas with Parsley Sauce

This recipe is delicious. I made this for lunches this week. The parsley sauce would be good drizzled over some hummus. The recipe is from The Best of Gourmet: The World at Your Table. It makes 8 servings.



Spiced Beef and Onion Pitas with Parsley Sauce

For sauce
3 cups loosely packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves (from 2 bunches)
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon chopped shallot
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup olive oil

For beef and onion pitas
4 (6-inch) pita loaves with pockets
1/4 cup olive oil or vegetable oil
1 pound white onions, quartered lengthwise, then cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch-wide wedges
3/4 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 pound sliced stir-fry beef (top round) or 1/3-inch-thick top round steaks, cut into 1/3-inch-wide strips

For Sauce:
Purée all sauce ingredients in a blender until smooth.

For beef and onion pitas:
Toast pitas on rack of a gas burner over high heat, turning with tongs, until heated through but still pliable (pitas may puff), about 1 minute, then wrap in foil to keep warm. (Alternatively, wrap untoasted pitas in foil and warm in a preheated 300°F oven or toaster oven.)Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then sauté half of onions, stirring occasionally, until browned but still crisp, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a large plate. Sauté remaining onions in 1 tablespoon oil in same manner and transfer to plate (reserve skillet).

Stir together coriander, cumin, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Pat beef dry and toss with spices. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in skillet over moderately high heat, then sauté half of beef, stirring, until browned but still pink inside, 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. Transfer beef to plate with onions, then sauté remaining beef in remaining tablespoon oil in same manner.

Halve pitas and filll with beef and onions. Serve sauce on the side.

By my calculation – Per serving – Calories: 374, Total Fat: 20.5g, Sat. Fat: 4.3g, Carbs: 26.6g, Fiber: 2.9g, Protein: 21.8g

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