Thursday, July 24, 2014

Pass the Cookbook: Shwarma! Assemble!


This month the Pass the Cookbook crew - under the leadership of Kita, the culinary force behind Pass the Sushi - is cooking from Julie of White Lights on Wednesday's pick: Emeril Lagasse's Kicked Up Sandwiches. 

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Our three choices this month were for Almond-Poppy Seed Pound Cake with Lemon Neufchâtel, Turkey Waldorf Sandwich, or Beef Shwarma with Tzatziki Sauce. And, yes, I did pick the latter because of Julie's note: "Who doesn’t want to know what Shwarma is after seeing The Avengers?

I actually didn't remember the Shwarma reference...from the one time I saw the movie. But my boys - all three of them - were happy to oblige and watch it with me; it was the first time our little one has been allowed to see a PG-13 movie. Gasp! He was so excited...he's ten-and-a-half.

I found this still of the Avengers eating shwarma...from the extras of the DVD; we had watched it on netflix, so I didn't get to see the extras. It's too good not to share, right?

from reelz.com

The scene, in case you missed the shwarma reference, too: Iron Man has just saved the world from alien attack.

Tony Stark: [regaining consciousness] What just happened? Please tell me nobody kissed me.
Steve Rogers: We won.
Tony Stark: Alright. Hey. Alright. Good job, guys. Let's just not come in tomorrow. Let's just take a day. Have you ever tried shwarma? There's a shwarma joint about two blocks from here. I don't know what it is, but I wanna try it.

And we all wanted to try it, too. Perfect...I did skip the tzatziki sauce, subbing in homemade Tarator Sauce and using my Homemade Rose Harissa. 



Ingredients makes 4 to 6 sandwiches
Shwarma
  • ½ C plain Greek-style yogurt
  • ¼ C vinegar (I had a thyme-infused Pinot Grigio vinegar)
  • ¼ C plus 2 T olive oil
  • 1 T freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 T minced garlic
  • 1 t ground cumin
  • 1 t ground cinnamon
  • 1 t ground allspice
  • ½ t ground cloves
  • ½ t ground cardamom 
  • ½ t ground ginger
  • 2 lbs beef (I marinated and grilled mine whole - a NY strip - not sliced)

To Serve
  • 4 to 6 lavash breads
  • 2 tomatoes, sliced
  • grilled green onions
  • 8 to 12 lettuce leaves, washed and dried
  • 2 T fresh parsley. chopped
  • Homemade Rose Harissa (or use whatever harissa you have or can find at the store. Our local Whole Foods has at least three versions)
  • Tarator Sauce

  

Procedure
In a medium mixing bowl, combine all of the shwarma ingredients - except the meat -  and mix well. Add the beef and rub so that it's completely covered with the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours and up to overnight.

Grill till desired doneness. Let stand for 5 minutes before slicing. Carve slices of the meat while you warm the lavash bread in the oven.


To serve, arrange the warmed lavash on a cutting board. Smear the bread with harissa, if using. Lay the grilled onions, tomatoes, lettuce, parsley, and beef on the bread. Drizzle with the Tarator Sauce. Roll up the lavash to form a wrap. Serve with extra sauces, if desired.

3 comments:

  1. Yeah, I totally need to make the shwarma recipe now. Thanks for being the brave one this month Camilla! I have this recipe on my to make list. And a big thank you for the heads up on Whole Foods having the harissa. I would probably never find it. :)

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  2. I don't recall the shwarma reference in Avengers either! I knew what shwarma was though so that part was not beyond me. Looks great! I almost made this one.

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  3. I just had a friend reference this movie and the shwarma about a week before Julie sent out the recipes. Too funny! This sandwich looks great. It was my second choice. Still on the list of must make.

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