Arayes….”Bride and Groom” Sandwiches

The silhouette of a bride and groom locked in a tender embrace is undeniably romantic. The white feminine billowy dress against the sharper lines of a dark masculine tuxedo is celebrated universally, captured in photo albums around the world. No better reason than to commemorate this embrace with a sandwich!   Ara’yes, literally means bride and groom, because the warm ground meat nestled in the crunchy pita bread are the colors black and white. I guess you can call these dressy tuxedo/gown sandwiches!

Because of the theme, these sandwiches would be great for a bridal shower or engagement party. But you can dress down this sandwich for casual fair as well.  I actually pack these in my children’s lunches by cutting them into triangles, heating them up, and putting them in a thermos. These also make great campfire sandwiches, in that you can prepare them in advance and cook them over the fire or grill until crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. You can use ground lamb, turkey, chicken or beef for this sandwich. The juice of the meat flavors the bread so no condiments are really required. But if you must, a garlicky yogurt sauce or hummus would be nice dipping accompaniments. Check out my video below for easy instructions!



Instructions for recipe in video above


  • One recipe for kifta
  • 1 package pita bread, white or wheat
  • Olive oil for brushing
  • Kifta:
  • 1 pound hamburger (can use ground lamb, beef, turkey)
  • 1/3 Bunch parsley
    1 clove garlic
    ½ small onion
    Salt to taste
    ½ tsp lemon pepper
    1 tsp all spice
    Olive oil for brushing
    1 package whole wheat pita bread or low carb tortillas




3 thoughts on “Arayes….”Bride and Groom” Sandwiches

  1. Question? Looks like you are using broiler setting but the rack is very low and not under broiler. Is this baked or broiled? I will be trying these!

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