Hello! It is still hot and sweaty in Los Angeles. We are still thinking of beaches and water. So, to follow up on Hawaiian cuisine, we decided to go to the other side of the world and explore Mediterranean cuisine!
This is our own spin on Mediterranean wraps. We love what we came up with—colorful, fast and easy to make, and most of all, TASTY! It involves pita bread, tomatoes, meat, spinach, hummus, and a creamy garlic sauce that is inspired from Zankou Chicken. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Zankou, this delicious chain joint serves delicious Lebanese cuisine. They have the best chicken pita wrap and a to-die-for garlic sauce. Be sure to check it out when you get the chance!
Anyways, back to our recipe. Let’s Begin!
What You Need:
garlic (7-10 pieces, depending on how garlic-y you want your sauce to be)
Instant Package of Mashed Potatoes
Salt & Pepper
Meat or Chicken
Spinach leaves (or whatever leafy green you want to put in)
Hummus (we bought a garlic flavored one)
*whoah! TEN ingredients? Don’t panic now! The last four ingredients are for the wrap stuffers only, and won’t be used in the actual cooking process.
What to Do:
First off, make some instant mashed potatoes! You can use real potatoes if you want, but that’s more work, don’t you think? We made about 2/3 cup of it.
Next, peel the garlic and put them in whole into a food processor/chopper. Add the lemon juice and grind until smooth. You can of course use fresh lemon juice…but you know…we were lazy.
Slowly add in oil as you grind and season with salt.
When the mixture has become smooth, it is time to add in the secret ingredient, instant mashed potatoes!
The potatoes are only useful as a binding agent to get your garlic sauce/paste to the right consistency. The amount will vary depending on how thick you like your sauce. Taste it along the way to make sure you have the right flavor you are aiming for (i.e. saltiness, garlic-y, creamy texture, etc)…this is up to your preference.
Chill before serving.
Now on to the steak. We chose to use NY Strip. You can substitute flank or skirt steak to save money, but that is entirely up to your budget. On to the seasoning: use the classic simple recipe of salt, pepper and olive oil.. that’s it! In a super hot pan, sear the steaks on both sides to your liking – medium rare works best in this recipe, it keeps the meat moist and easy to eat. Let it rest for 3 minutes before slicing very thin.
When your meat is done, the rest is just like building a sandwich. Heat up your pita in the microwave for 10 seconds or until warm. Slather some hummus on the pita, assemble some lettuce, spinach, or microgreens, and put on your steak.
Top the steak off with tomatoes or any other vegetables you have on hand that day or night. Finally, drizzle on some garlic sauce…or just pour some in a small container to use to dip in.
Get ready for a wonderful night of dragon breath. Haha. Don’t worry. It’ll be worth it. Enjoy!