My friend N. taught me how to make these, and for some reason they strike me as the kind of thing that’s ideal to make for a get-together with friends. In particular, I like making them for those completely casual, last-minute get-togethers with people with whom you feel comfortable enough to sit in front of the telly for hours & hours, nibbling on these pitas & gossiping. They’re not a ‘dinner-party’ meal, if you see what I mean, and they depend on improvisation, imagination and a good appetite!
You can use anything really to fill them. The basis is flour tortillas which you put on a hot frying pan, fill up with whatever you want, and let cook for a bit (not too long). Just make sure the cheese is melted before you take them out. Then you just fold them & eat! What we used the night we had them was:
–chicken pieces, which we had fried up in a little oil beforehand
–strips of red, green & yellow peppers, cooked down a bit but not too much: you want to retain a bit of crunchiness
–grated cheddar cheese
–mushrooms, sliced & fried a bit
–a bit of paprika. And if you’re bold & like your food hot (as my friend N. does) you can use all sorts of chili-spices; either fresh chili pieces or ground chili powder, or even tabasco if you prefer that.
–some sweetcorn kernels
…and we served them with some thick greek yoghurt & some mayo for whoever wanted it.
You could also use a combination of:
–different pieces of meat in cubes, e.g. beef, pork, lamb
–some tomato paste or even fresh pieces of tomato, if you fancy that (but then I wouldn’t cook those, I would just add them fresh at the end)
–and of course various different cheeses (use your imagination)
This dish doesn’t really apply to any of my blog-goals, but who cares, it was so delicious & simple to make that I thought I’d write about it anyway! I call them ‘Greek Mexican’ tortillas for the straightforward reason that we who made them are Greek (!!). As for the mexican bit, well…tortillas are used, making them kind of inspired-by-mexican-cuisine, but they’re not really mexican in any real or authentic way!