Truth be told, my family prefers this pita as their #1 choice, followed by the "tiropita" or cheese pie as #2. Pumpkin pie is their #3 choice, and lastly, the famous spanakopita...
I know, who would of thunk right?
Now you all know my fetish with stuffed things right? I know, I have a serious problem. *Didi hanging head in shame* But it is what it is...
So instead of making the "traditional" pita which is crust on the bottom and crust on top with the filling in the middle, and because I am a true and honest crust fanatic, I made my pita in logs. This way you have your own piece of stuffed decadence!
Ready for this very simple recipe? Here we go;
Yield: 4 logs - 16 pieces
Prep time: 20 minutes (not including dough, linked below)
Cook time: 50-60 minutes
**You can certainly use your a bread dough for this, just make sure it is rolled out very thin**
Prep and ingredients with step by step for homemade phyllo dough: HERE
1/2 lb ground beef
1 small onion, diced fine
3/4 cup uncooked long grain rice
1/2-3/4 tsp cinnamon *magic ingredient*
2 tbsp fresh basil, chopped or 1-1/4 tsp dried basil
1 tbsp tomato paste
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
1-3/4 cups water
-Place ground beef in your favorite skillet with cover and brown, drain any excess fat.
-Add your diced onion, and saute till just starting to become soft and aromatic.
-Let's add in our rice, stir till the rice is thoroughly mixed in and add in the tomato paste. Stir again till thoroughly incorporated.
-Now we add in those amazing aromatic spices, stir and just; "INHALE". "Oh wait, that is me again"! Pour in your water, bring to simmer, cover, turn off heat and let sit for approximately 15 minutes. Fluff the rice, taste for seasonings, adjust if necessary. Our filling needs to cool and we are ready to roll. Pun intended!
-Our dough should be ready for us. Follow the instructions in the link above.
-When your dough is to your suiting regarding thinness, let's make that circle into a rectangle shall we. How? "Never fear, Didi's here"!
-Preheat oven to 350F. Dive your dough into 4 equal pieces.
-Facing your round circle dough, take the farthest piece away from you and bring almost to the middle. Bring the closest piece to you towards the middle also, overlapping. That is your filling base. Let's make those ends nice too shall we? Bring the end to your left over, about 2 inches or so and straighten it. Now do the same for your right end. See, we have a rectangle? A nice square surface to work with. I would never steer you wrong!
-Add a good amount of filling in a straight line about 1/2 inch from the end closest to you. You want a good amount of filling, about 1/2 cup, maybe a little less, and add it from end to end.
-Roll from the edge closest to you up and over the filling, pinch the ends, or as my kids call it; "pinch the butt". Continue rolling and pinching, it takes about 3 to 4 rolls. You have formed your LOG! I am so very proud of you! ♥
-Place the log on an oil covered baking pan and continue with the rest of the 3 dough balls and filling.
-Let rest for about 10 minutes for easier handling, cut and enjoy!!
Unless you can't control yourself, which I totally understand, trust me. Hence the cut off piece... I know!
Get ready for compliments and totally empty platters my friends! Oh yes, the best feeling in the world!!
Till next time!
Dishin with Didi