This hawawshi--a hot sandwich that's a favorite Cairo street food--is filled with ground beef, vegetables, herbs and spices and adapted to be made in a home panini press. If you don't have one, cook it in a skillet over medium heat with another skillet on top, weighted down with a few 15-ounce cans. (Recipe adapted from Zooba Restaurant.)

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, March 2020


Recipe Summary

35 mins
35 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine onion, bell pepper, hot pepper and tomato in a food processor. Pulse until finely chopped. Add salt, allspice and pepper. Pulse, scraping down the sides as necessary, until well combined.

  • Transfer the mixture to a large bowl. Add beef and cilantro and mix well. Stuff about 1/2 cup of the filling into each pita half.

  • Preheat a panini press to high. Press the hawawshi in batches until brown and crispy, about 5 minutes.


Equipment: Panini press

Nutrition Facts

346 calories; protein 35.2g 70% DV; carbohydrates 25.7g 8% DV; dietary fiber 3.1g 13% DV; sugars 2.4g; fat 11.5g 18% DV; saturated fat 4.1g 20% DV; cholesterol 86.7mg 29% DV; vitamin a iu 226IU 5% DV; vitamin c 23.5mg 39% DV; folate 20.5mcg 5% DV; calcium 25.1mg 3% DV; iron 4.4mg 24% DV; magnesium 58.7mg 21% DV; potassium 529.6mg 15% DV; sodium 605.4mg 24% DV.