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.) Source: EatingWell Magazine, March 2020

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  • 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; 11.5 g total fat; 4.1 g saturated fat; 87 mg cholesterol; 605 mg sodium. 530 mg potassium; 25.7 g carbohydrates; 3.1 g fiber; 2 g sugar; 35.2 g protein; 226 IU vitamin a iu; 23 mg vitamin c; 20 mcg folate; 25 mg calcium; 4 mg iron; 59 mg magnesium;