One of the most satisfying things in life is finding ways to recreate your favourite fast foods at home for way cheaper and being able to make them more nutritious.
One of my favourite fast food restaurants here in Canada is Pita Pit. Think of it like Subway, but rather than bread, pitas are stuffed with an array of veggies and your choice of protein.
Even more I was vegan, I always loved getting a falafel pita from Pita Pit. It’s super flavourful and pairs so well with any veggie and their signature sauce.
That being said, I don’t often order Pita Pit anymore because it can be expensive. So I made it my mission to find a way to recreate it at home. And I did!
I wouldn’t say this is a recipe because there’s nothing to cook per se, but there are a few steps that are essential to recreating the classic Pita Pit flavours and vibe.
- Use Lebanese pita bread. These pitas have 2 layers that can be separated, creating a pocket that can hold veggies and protein alike.
- Steam your pita bread. The trick to being able to stuff as much as you can into the pitas and wrapping it without the pita cracking or falling apart is to ensure the pita is soft and hydrated. The way I did this at home was I wrapped my pita in a damp towel and microwaved it in 30 second increments until it was soft.
- Wrap the pita in parchment paper. Even when the pitas are steamed, they can still crack if they’re overstuffed. Wrapping the pita in parchment paper ensures the pita doesn’t fall apart in your hands while you’re eating it.
As for veggies, I stuck with the classics that Pita Pit offers:
- romaine lettuce
- bell pepper
- red onion
I even went as far as to sauté my mushrooms, bell pepper, onion and falafel in a skillet before putting it into my pita for the ultimate pita experience.
As for sauces, I opted for a layer of hummus and Greek dressing, but other options include:
- BBQ sauce
- balsamic vinaigrette
- teriyaki sauce
- Italian dressing
Here is how assemble the falafel pita:
- Wash and chop/prepare your preferred veggies for your pita.
- In a skillet, add your falafel and mushrooms, peppers, and onion if using them. Break up the falafel into small pieces using a spatula and continue to cook until the veggies are softened. Remove from the heat and set aside.
- Wrap the pita in a damp tea towel and microwave in 30 second increments until the pita is soft.
- Place the pita on a piece of parchment paper on a flat surface and gently separate the 2 layers of the pita, leaving one half of the circumference of the pita intact. Doing so will create a pocket in the pita where you can stuff your veggies and protein into, but will leave a seam that will hold the pita together.
- Spread an even layer of hummus onto the pita and then add your veggies into the pita, starting with your leafy greens, and then add the protein and veggies from the skillet. Try to pack the filling in tightly into the half of the pita where the seam is intact.
- Add a drizzle of your sauce(s) of choice, and then starting on the edge of the pita that is intact, roll the pita into a cylinder, using the parchment paper to hold it together.
I know this sounds a little complicated, but I promise if you’ve seen someone at Pita Pit wrap a pita before, you will get the hang out if in no time!