Day 125–Chicken Shawarma with Tomato Cucumber Relish and Tahini Sauce
Anybody know what a Shawarma is?
Well, I will tell you. According to Wikipedia, it is an Arab meat preparation, where the meat is placed on a spit and may be grilled for as long as a day. Shavings are cut off the block of meat for serving, and the remainder of the block of meat is kept heated on the rotating spit. (Think of that meat at the local Gyro place.)
Our meat happened to be chicken–thighs specifically. Oh boy, this was GOOD!!!
I had to look high and low for one ingredient here: the tahini paste. I went to Publix because they usually have a better selection of ethnic foods, and I asked 2 different employees if they had this ingredient. One employee (a teenager) told me he thought that was the paste from a vegetable and sent me to the produce section. The produce employee never heard of it.
I used my smartphone to google it, and found out tahini is basically ground sesame seeds in olive oil, so I headed out to the spice section. No luck there. One final trip myself to the ethnic section cinched the deal! I struck gold:
And I made sure I found the little teenage boy to show him my find, and educate him in case another wayward woman comes in the store with a recipe in hand and no idea where to start.
Basically, you fill the pita pocket with the meat, and then fill it up with the tasty relish, and then add a little of the tahini mixture on top. This recipe received 5 stars from all of us. So delicious!!! Try this one soon!
5/5 family members will eat this again