arayes kafta on a wooden board with plain yogurt

Arayes Kafta

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Arayes Kafta is a popular Middle Eastern kafta stuffed pita sandwiches- that makes for a quick, delicious and flavorful lunch or dinner. 

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Arayes Kafta is a great way to use uncooked Leftover Kafta- but even if you don’t have any leftover, making kafta takes less than 10 minutes! I call these Kafta sandwiches a win in my kitchen, I’m able to quickly whip them up and my whole family enjoys.

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What is Arayes Kafta?

Arayes Kafta is kafta meat in pita bread, spread and cooked to perfection. Kafta is made with a very simple mix of ground meat, — usually beef, lamb, or a combination of both — Middle Eastern spices, finely chopped onions and parsley. If you own a food processor, now is a good time to use it. 

arayes kafta- Beef kafta pita

Type of Bread in Kafta Arayes:

Fresh flatbread or thin pita bread are used traditionally in this recipe, but i’ve tried it before with tortilla bread, and the final result was just as good!

Cooking Method:

These Arayes kafta can be baked in the oven, cooked on skillet on stove top or on an electric griddler (is what I used in this recipe). I’ve included baking and cooking on stove top tips below.

How to Make Arayes:

(Scroll all the way down to recipe card for exact measurements and a printable option)

Start by preparing your Kafta mixture:

In a food processor fitted with a blade attachment, add parsley, onion, salt and pulse until finely minced. Transfer to a large mixing bowl, add the beef and spices and mix well by hand until incorporated.

Assemble the Arayes Kafta:

  • Open up the pita bread ino two halves.
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  • Add about 3-4 tablespoons of the kafta mixture and spread it out evenly on one half of the pita bread.
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  • Place the other pita half on top, covering the kafta spread.
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  • Cut in half and repeat for the rest of the kafta mixture.
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Cook the Kafta Arayes:

*If using a griddler: Cook for 5-7 minutes on high heat.

kafta arayes on griddler

*If baking: Preheat oven to 375 F, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and generously grease with baking spray. Arrange the arayes in a single layer and spray the top of the pita bread with cooking spray or brush with olive oil. Bake for 10 minutes or until kafta meat is cooked through.

*If cooking on stove top: Pre heat a non stick grill skillet or cast iron skillet on medium high heat, place the pita kafta on the skillet and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side or until beef is cooked through.

Lebanese Kafta recipe- Kafta arayes

What to serve with Arayes Kafta:

Serve with Lebanese Pickles, Hummus , Tahini Sauce, plain yogurt or your favorite salad. Mine is always Tabouli or Fatoush!

ENJOY! And if you give this Beef Kafta Pita Sandwiches recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on FACEBOOK or INSTAGRAM!

Yield: 6

Arayes Kafta

arayes kafta on a wooden board with plain yogurt

Ingredients

  • 4 pita flatbreads or 8 tortillas
  • 1 lb of ground beef (10-15% fat)
  • 1 large onions- halved
  • 1 parsley bunch- stems removed (about 1.5-2 cups parsley leaves)
  • 1 teaspoon ground all Spice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)

Instructions

Prepare the Kafta mixture:

In a food processor fitted with a blade attachment, add parsley, onion, salt and pulse until finely minced. Transfer to a large mixing bowl, add the beef and spices and mix well by hand until incorporated.

Prepare the Arayes:

    1. Open up the pita bread into two halves.
    2. Add about 3-4 tablespoons of the kafta mixture and spread it out evenly on one half of the pita bread.
    3. Place the other pita half on top, covering the kafta spread.
    4. Cut in half and repeat for the rest of the kafta mixture and pita bread.

    Cook the arayes:

    *If using an electric griddler: Preheat and cook for 5-7 minutes on high heat.

    *If baking: Preheat oven to 375 F, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and generously grease with baking spray. Arrange the arayes in a single layer and spray the top of the pita bread with cooking spray or brush with olive oil. Bake for 10 minutes or until kafta meat is cooked through.

    *If cooking on stove top: Pre heat a non stick grill skillet or cast iron skillet on medium high heat, place the pita kafta on the skillet and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side or until beef is cooked through.

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