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1 pound of ground lamb (you can also use ground beef or combine lamb and beef. We recommend 30% fat content)
1 small bunch of parsley, chopped
2 tsp salt
5 small pita breads
10 fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
1/4 errano chili
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons of olive oil
Salt & black pepper
1 teaspoon Tunisian Preserved Lemon, chopped
Quarter the onions and add them and the parsley in a food processor and process until finely chopped - alternatively you can finely chop the parsley by hand and shred the onions with a grater. If your onions are very wet strain the juice off. Mix the chopped vegetables well with the lamb, salt, and spices and let the mixture rest for an hour in the fridge.
Preheat your oven to 450°F and halve the pita breads.
Shape the meatballs (about 3 ounces each) and gently open each pita bread and insert one meatball. Spread the meat with your fingers so that it is filled evenly, then press the pita with your hand on a board so that the pita is flat. This will ensure that the meat will be cooked evenly.
Optionally: If you have a grill or cast iron skillet you can also char the exposed side of the arayes (stand then up with the open side facing down on the grill or skillet). For even more browning you can cut the pita in half after stuffing and brown all of the cut edges.
Now brush the pitas with olive oil on both sides. Put the pitas on a wire rack and cook in the oven for about 8 minutes or until the meat inside is cooked to medium well.
Remove to a rack lined with paper towels to cool for a couple minutes.
Chop the tomatoes, chili and the onion and mix with all ingredients except the preserved lemon.
Spread 3 Tbsp of tahini sauce on the bottom of a serving plate. Place the salad on top and garnish with the preserved lemon.
Recommended: dip the arayes in the salad and eat them together!