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Best Arayes Recipe with Tortillas, Tahini and Roasted Veggies

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Einav Hakoun – @einavhakounfood
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Check out this gorgeous and super easy best arayes recipe for your next BBQ.

INGREDIENTS
 

Meat mixture:

Tahini (mix well):

INSTRUCTIONS

  • If using large tortillas, cut out circles to the desired size.
  • In a bowl, mix all the meat ingredients together. Place the mixture in the refrigerator for at least an hour to rest.
  • Fill the tortillas with the mixture and fold them in half. Brush the tortillas with olive oil on both sides. Sear in a pan, Ninja, or on the grill until well browned on all sides. Serve with the roasted vegetables and tahini.

MY NOTES

best arayes recipe
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How do I ensure the tortillas don’t get soggy?

To ensure tortillas don’t get soggy when making this best arayes recipe, start by using fresh, high-quality tortillas. Avoid overfilling them, as excess moisture from the meat mixture can lead to sogginess. Mix the meat filling well and refrigerate it for at least an hour to help firm it up. Brush the tortillas lightly with olive oil on both sides before cooking. Cook the arayes on a preheated grill, pan, or Ninja at medium-high heat, which allows the tortillas to crisp up quickly and evenly. Flip them carefully to ensure both sides are well browned. Serve immediately for the best texture.

best arayes recipe
Credit: Einav Hakoun
best arayes recipe
Credit: Einav Hakoun

Can I cook this best arayes recipe in the oven?

Yes, you can make the arayes in the oven instead of a grill. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Place the filled and folded tortillas on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush both sides of the tortillas with olive oil to ensure they crisp up. Bake for about 15-20 minutes, flipping them halfway through to ensure even browning on both sides. For extra crispiness, you can broil them for an additional 1-2 minutes per side at the end of the baking time. Keep a close eye on them to prevent burning. Serve immediately for the best texture and flavor.

best arayes recipe
Credit: Einav Hakoun

What side dishes pair with the best arayes recipe?

This best arayes recipe pairs wonderfully with a variety of side dishes that complement their rich, savory flavors. Roasted or grilled vegetables, such as zucchini, bell peppers, and eggplant, add a nutritious and flavorful touch. Fresh salads, like tabbouleh or a simple cucumber-tomato salad with lemon and olive oil, offer a refreshing contrast. Classic Middle Eastern sides such as hummus, baba ganoush, and tzatziki provide creamy and tangy elements that enhance the meal. For a heartier option, serve arayes with rice pilaf or couscous. Additionally, pickled vegetables and olives can add a tangy, briny balance to the dish.

best arayes recipe
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What is baharat and where can I find it?

Baharat is a Middle Eastern spice blend typically made with a mixture of black pepper, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and cardamom. It adds depth and warmth to dishes like arayes. You can find baharat in Middle Eastern grocery stores, specialty spice shops, or online retailers. Alternatively, you can make your own by combining equal parts of the individual spices listed. Adjust the proportions to suit your taste preferences and the specific recipe you’re preparing.

best arayes recipe
Credit: Einav Hakoun

How to prevent the filling from falling out

To prevent the filling from falling out of arayes during cooking, ensure the tortillas are securely sealed. Start by evenly distributing the meat mixture onto the tortillas, leaving a small border around the edges. Press the edges firmly together when folding the tortillas in half to create a tight seal. Brushing the edges with a bit of olive oil before folding can help them stick together better. Cook the arayes on a hot grill or pan over medium-high heat, flipping them carefully to avoid disrupting the seal. This method helps maintain the integrity of the pockets and keeps the filling intact.

best arayes recipe
Credit: Einav Hakoun
best arayes recipe
Credit: Einav Hakoun

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