Egyptian toasted sandwich

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Egyptian toasted sandwich

Main Serves 4 35 min
If you've had enough burgers, ragus and chillies, try a kind of Egyptian toasted sandwich or Hawawshi.


  • 300g mince
  • 1 garlic clove, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 2 red peppers, seeded and diced
  • 1 tsp fresh mint, chopped
  • 1 tsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • ½ tsp chilli, chopped
  • pinch each ground cumin, coriander and cloves
  • 4 fresh pitta breads
  • olive oil
  • pinch za'atar, dukkah or ras-el-hanout


Prep time: 10 min
Cooking time: 25 min
  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 200°C/Gas 6. Put your mince in a food processor with diced garlic, onion, tomato and peppers. Add the mint, chilli and parsley and a good pinch each of ground cumin, coriander and cloves. Pulse a couple of times.
  • Step 2

    Spoon the filling into the breads, pinch shut, brush with oil on both sides and sprinkle with zaatar, dukkah or ras-el-hanout. Wrap in foil/parchment and bake for 15 minutes, turn over and cook for another 10 minutes.

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