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jaydee Jan 3, 2007 12:55 AM

I have mini pita bread 'pockets' and i'm hosting a gathering at my place tomorrow evening. I need an idea for a quick filling I can whip up for these pockets - something savory versus sweet. Thanks in advance - any ideas?

  1. Pei Jan 3, 2007 01:00 AM

    Dill cream cheese (chop of dill, mix with cream cheese) and salmon (either smoked or grilled and broken into pieces) is always popular. I've baked it into filo or puff pastry, put it in savory cream puff shells, and even rolled it in a flour tortilla with red onions and romaine lettuce. Always good, and very quick.

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      SuzMiCo Jan 3, 2007 02:07 AM

      A middle eastern salad of cucumber, tomato, parsley (and onion if you want it) with some tahini drizzled in.

      There are many variations on this - you could add some hummus or baba ghanouj (sp?). You could squeeze on a little lemon juice instead of the tahini. You could even make felafel if you can fit them in the mini pockets.

      Less traditional - diced tomato, goat cheese and basil.

      One more option (the dill thread made me think of this) - heart of palm salad. Diced heart of palm, sour cream or yogurt, salt, pepper, and dill. Super-easy, very tasty.

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        Feed Me Jan 3, 2007 02:15 AM

        cream cheese and olive paste is great too - u can additionally stuff caramelized onions, VERY QUICK

        1. k
          kobetobiko Jan 3, 2007 02:23 AM

          For Savory:
          Guacamole + Salsa + sour cream + cheese + shredded beef / chicken / pork - if you really want it quick these things are all available at your local deli so you only need to assemble...

          For Sweet:
          Nutella + banana + Whipped Cream (optional)

          1. Divamac Jan 3, 2007 04:00 AM

            If you arent' set on stuffing them, turn them into pita chips!

            Split them in half so they are only one layer, arrange on a baking sheet smooth side down. Brush very lightly with olive oil, then a sprinkle of kosher salt. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 6 minutes, flip them over and return them to the oven for another 6 minutes. (baking times will vary on size and your own preferred degree of toastiness).

            I buy 5 or 6 pakcages of pita from the local middle eastern store (99 cents!) and live on these chips. Great with simple homemade hummus, tzaziki, feta and sausage, everything!

            1. Covert Ops Jan 3, 2007 02:34 PM

              Chopped up grilled chicken, rice, yellow curry. Even good cold! (My favorite meal at Chicken Kitchen down in Miami. . .)

              1. anita_cocktail Jan 3, 2007 05:29 PM

                sautee ground lamb (or lamb/beef combo) with onion and a thrilling spice blend of cumin, a wee bit of cinnamon, something hot (cayenne, red pepper flakes, what have you).

                make a cucumber-parsley salad with high quality cucumbers in a tiny dice, tons of parsley, lemon juice, great olive oil, salt and pepper. a wee bit of tiny diced celery would also be nice in this.

                Blend Harissa (spicy red pepper paste) with mayonaise or yogurt or sour cream or creme frache to a ratio that pleases you.

                toast pita. smear inside with Harissa cream, and stuff with lamb and salad. serve with pickled turnips, olives, and heated thick-cut potato chips sprinkled with cumin and cayenne.

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                1. re: anita_cocktail
                  prunefeet Jan 3, 2007 09:31 PM

                  Wow! Right on!

                2. DanaB Jan 3, 2007 10:38 PM

                  Armenian string cheese stuffed inside a pita and toasted, is delicious. This is especially good served with hummos.

                  Here's a link to a post I posted recently with a more detailed recipe.

                  http://www.chowhound.com/topics/343287

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                    AnneM Jan 3, 2007 10:42 PM

                    goat cheese, roasted red pepper (from a jar julienned), chopped fresh basil or spinach

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                      HWiley Jan 4, 2007 03:05 PM

                      Tomato, Fresh mozzerella, and basil. Melt in oven. The inside gets slightly gooey, and the pita gets crisp. Yum!

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                        KingsKetz Jan 4, 2007 05:07 PM

                        Fill with 2 or so really good stuffed vine leaves and drizzle thinned tahini or tzatziki over it. Yum!

                        1. chef chicklet Jan 4, 2007 06:43 PM

                          Chicken salad with celery, apples, grapes, red onion, pecans and use red lettuce or a butter lettuce or sprouts. one of favorites!

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