Stuffed Pita Pocket
Stuffed Pita Sandwiches
When it comes to making a sandwich one of my favorite breads to use is a pita. I like the fact that one can cut the pita in half and easily stuff the pocket with all kinds of healthy delicious veggies, egg salad, or tuna. Not just for vegetarians but for meat lovers as well.
There are many variations and combinations of food that will and do go well in a pita.
What is a Pita?
The pita, which is a leavened wheat bread is said to originate in the Middle East, Mediterranean, and Balkans. You can purchase this bread in different sizes from tiny appetizer sizes to very large sizes.
The first time I was introduced to a pita was years ago when I walked into a Greek restaurant that was close by to where I was working at the time. It was a souvlaki restaurant and I asked the young man behind the counter what exactly a pita was and what he'd recommend for a lunch sandwich. He then recommended a pork souvlaki smothered in a creamy garlic sauce called tzaztiki sauce. He had me at garlic sauce. I was hooked on the creamy garlic sauce and the pita.
For this recipe I've listed all the items that I personally like to use when I make a stuffed pita. Many times if I have a crowd for lunch I will slice up all the ingredients, place them on a platter, and everyone can make their own stuffed pita's according to their tastes.
Photo source: Photo is by the author Susan Zutautas.
- Spring mix lettuce, romaine, iceberg, arugula, baby spinach
- Fresh sliced tomatoes
- Thinly sliced sweet onion, red onion, or Spanish onion
- Sliced cucumbers
- Black Olives
- Green Olives
- Sliced green, yellow, red, or orange bell peppers
- Hot peppers
- Sliced avocado or guacamole
- Tzaztiki sauce
- Egg salad
- Tuna salad
- Salmon salad
- Any type of meat for those that prefer meat on a pita
- Salad dressing
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Mrs. Dash or other spices you may like
- Slice the pita in half so that it looks like a 1/2 moon.
- Gently pull the bread apart.
- You can now start to build and stuff your pita with whichever ingredients you prefer.
- I like my bread on the dryer side so I don't tend to use butter or mayo all that much.
- You can put as many or as little ingredients in as you like.
- If you happen to have left over salad from the night before it makes a great stuffing for a pita sandwich.
- You can purchase tiny pita's that are perfect for appetizers for your next party or large family gathering.They can easily be stuffed with tuna salad, and are great to take on picnics or for pot lucks.
- Serve with a small bowl of soup and you have a delicious healthy lunch.