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Arayes | Meat-Filled Pita Pockets

Lamb-filled pita pockets, served as an appetizer, snack, or part of a healthy dinner.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Resting Time2 hrs
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Main Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Servings: 8 pockets
Calories: 289kcal


  • 1 lb. ground lamb
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sumac powder
  • 1 teaspoon kubba seasoning (or ½ teaspoon allspice, ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon, ⅛ tsp. cloves)
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 4 pita bread (cut in half)


  • Place ground beef or lamb into a large bowl. Grind the onion in a food processor. Drain the liquid from the onion, then add the onion to the bowl. Add the spices to the meat mixture and mix to combine.
  • Cover the bowl and place it in the fridge to allow the flavors to come together for at least a few hours.
  • Divide the meat into eight equal portions. Cut each pita bread in half and carefully stuff them with the meat mixture forming a layer of meat into each pita pocket.

Preheat oven to 375° F

  • Brush both sides of the stuffed pitas with olive oil; arrange on a baking sheet. For easier cleanup, line the baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. Bake for 5 minutes on each side or until the meat is cooked and the pita is crispy. 


  • Cut each pita bread sandwich in two to serve as appetizers.
  • Make sure to drain the excess liquid before mixing the onion with the ground meat. If the mixture is too wet, you'll end up with a soggy pita sandwich.
  • Use good quality pita bread that is not too thin or flimsy, otherwise, they may not hold up when you stuff them with the meat.
  • Optionally, Mix pinenuts into the filling before stuffing the Arayes.
  • The best way to heat Arayes leftovers is in a toaster oven or an air fryer.


Serving: 1pocket | Calories: 289kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 585mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g