Za'atar Beef & Tzatziki Pitas with Couscous, Feta Cheese & Pickled Peppers

Za'atar Beef & Tzatziki Pitas

with Couscous, Feta Cheese & Pickled Peppers

25 MIN
4 Servings
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    These pitas are bursting with Mediterranean flavors thanks to a cooling layer of cucumber yogurt and a filling of tender beef coated in za’atar—a blend that highlights sumac, a gorgeous red spice beloved for its tart flavor. It all comes together with a warm side of couscous tossed with sweet pickled peppers and feta cheese.
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    Za'atar Beef & Tzatziki Pitas with Couscous, Feta Cheese & Pickled Peppers
    Title
    • 18 oz Thinly Sliced Beef
    • 4 Pocketless Pitas
    • 1 cup Yellow Couscous
    • ¾ lb Carrots
    • 2 oz Arugula
    • 1 bunch Parsley
    • ½ cup Tzatziki (Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce)
    • 1 Tbsp Sugar
    • ¼ cup Cornstarch
    • 2 Tbsps Pickled Peruvian Peppers
    • 1½ oz Feta Cheese
    • 1 Tbsp White Wine Vinegar
    • 1 Tbsp Za'atar Seasoning (Ground Sumac, Sesame Seeds, Salt, Ground Thyme, Whole Dried Oregano & Crushed Aleppo Pepper)
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    Prepare the ingredients
    1 Prepare the ingredients

    If you prefer to use an oven to warm the pitas instead of a microwave, preheat the oven to 375°F. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Peel the carrots and grate on the large side of a box grater. Roughly chop the parsley leaves and stems. 

    Marinate the carrots
    2 Marinate the carrots

    In a medium bowl, combine the vinegar and sugar. Whisk until the sugar has dissolved. Add the grated carrots and season with salt and pepper. Stir to thoroughly coat. Set aside to marinate, stirring occasionally, at least 10 minutes. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

    Cook & finish the couscous
    3 Cook & finish the couscous

    Meanwhile, in a medium pot, combine the couscous and 1 cup of water; season with salt and pepper. Heat to boiling on high.Once boiling, turn off the heat. Cover and let stand 6 to 8 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and the couscous is tender. Fluff with a fork. Add the peppers, cheese (crumbling before adding), and 1 tablespoon of olive oil; stir to combine. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.Cover to keep warm.

    Coat & cook the beef
    4 Coat & cook the beef

    Separate the beef; pat dry with paper towels. Place in a bowl and season with salt, pepper, and enough of the za’atar to coat (you may have extra). Add the cornstarch; toss to thoroughly coat. In a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium-high. Once the oil is hot enough that a pinch of cornstarch sizzles immediately when added, add the coated beef in an even layer (discarding any excess cornstarch). Cook, without stirring, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until just cooked through. Turn off the heat.

    Warm the pitas
    5 Warm the pitas

    If using the microwave, wrap the pitas in a damp paper towel and microwave on high 1 minute, or until heated through and pliable. If using the oven, wrap the pitas in foil and place directly onto an oven rack; warm 7 to 9 minutes, or until heated through and pliable. Transfer the warmed pitas to a work surface and carefully unwrap.

    Assemble the pitas & serve your dish
    6 Assemble the pitas & serve your dish

    Spread the tzatziki onto the warmed pitas.Top with the cooked beef, as much of the arugula as you’d like, and marinated carrots (discarding any liquid). Serve the finished pitas with the finished couscous. Garnish the couscous with the chopped parsley. Enjoy!  

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    Prepare the ingredients
    1 Prepare the ingredients

    If you prefer to use an oven to warm the pitas instead of a microwave, preheat the oven to 375°F. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Peel the carrots and grate on the large side of a box grater. Roughly chop the parsley leaves and stems. 

    2 Marinate the carrots

    In a medium bowl, combine the vinegar and sugar. Whisk until the sugar has dissolved. Add the grated carrots and season with salt and pepper. Stir to thoroughly coat. Set aside to marinate, stirring occasionally, at least 10 minutes. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

    Marinate the carrots
    Cook & finish the couscous
    3 Cook & finish the couscous

    Meanwhile, in a medium pot, combine the couscous and 1 cup of water; season with salt and pepper. Heat to boiling on high.Once boiling, turn off the heat. Cover and let stand 6 to 8 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and the couscous is tender. Fluff with a fork. Add the peppers, cheese (crumbling before adding), and 1 tablespoon of olive oil; stir to combine. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.Cover to keep warm.

    4 Coat & cook the beef

    Separate the beef; pat dry with paper towels. Place in a bowl and season with salt, pepper, and enough of the za’atar to coat (you may have extra). Add the cornstarch; toss to thoroughly coat. In a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium-high. Once the oil is hot enough that a pinch of cornstarch sizzles immediately when added, add the coated beef in an even layer (discarding any excess cornstarch). Cook, without stirring, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until just cooked through. Turn off the heat.

    Coat & cook the beef
    Warm the pitas
    5 Warm the pitas

    If using the microwave, wrap the pitas in a damp paper towel and microwave on high 1 minute, or until heated through and pliable. If using the oven, wrap the pitas in foil and place directly onto an oven rack; warm 7 to 9 minutes, or until heated through and pliable. Transfer the warmed pitas to a work surface and carefully unwrap.

    6 Assemble the pitas & serve your dish

    Spread the tzatziki onto the warmed pitas.Top with the cooked beef, as much of the arugula as you’d like, and marinated carrots (discarding any liquid). Serve the finished pitas with the finished couscous. Garnish the couscous with the chopped parsley. Enjoy!  

    Assemble the pitas & serve your dish