pita failure …

equals flatbread success. and a last minute menu change. i’m famous for them. erik often has to ask what’s for dinner because the menu that’s hanging on the wall is almost never explicitly followed through on. i like to live adventurously, i guess. i also like to make aspects of my mundane homemaker lifestyle seem adventurous when i deviate from routine. i do walk on the wild side, eh? ::insert eyeroll here::

so a recipe i tried out for pitas didn’t puff. and since i was going to make them Sunday anyway, I figured I’d just grill my thawed and seasoned skirt steak with some vegetables, make a quick mock-tzaitziki sauce (how the heck do you spell that?) wrap it all up in my now-flat breads and call it a mothereffing day. and if the whole meal had fallen apart despite my best intentions, we’d have just eaten cereal or a frozen pizza because i wasn’t about to get all painstakingly detailed about dinner. Important episodes of True Blood AND Breaking Bad were on and I would have died had I missed either. My priorities might be skewed but at least I have some …

Anyway, this recipe for Steak Slouvakis became something entirely different and I’m not at all upset about it. Pretty tasty, what I ended up with.

Grilled Steak and Vegetable Flatbreads

You Need:

skirt or flank steak, butterflied if they’re super thick pieces
olive oil
red wine vinegar
fresh oregano, chopped finely
salt and pepper
a couple garlic cloves, minced finely
red bell pepper, cut open, deseeded and deveined
red or white onion, cut into thick rounds
scallions, left whole
half a small cucumber, peeled and diced
small container of plain greek yogurt
mint leaves, chiffonade-d
pitas made from this recipe (if yours puff up, cool, if not, just let ’em be flat-ish)
romaine lettuce leaves

brush some olive oil and red wine vinegar onto your skirt or flank steak. sprinkle both sides of the steak with salt, pepper, oregano, and half of your finely minced garlic. let this hang out for about 30 minutes. heat your grill up to medium-high. drizzle your red bell pepper, onion rounds and scallions. pop your steak and vegetables onto the grill. grill your steak to desired level of doneness. take off the grill and let it rest for about 10-15 minutes. grill the vegetables until they’ve all got lovely grill marks on all sides. remove and let those sit for slicing later. in a bowl, mix your yogurt with the mint, the rest of the minced garlic, the diced cucumber, a teaspoon or so of red wine vinegar, and salt and pepper. mix together and set it aside. slice your steak against the grain. slice your vegetables into strips or however you want. to serve, layer some romaine onto the flatbread or inside your pita pocket (whichever you end up with), layer some strips of steak, top with bell pepper slices, onions, and scallions. spoon some of your sorta-tzaiziki sauce on that.

cooking music: i chose Loudon Wainwright’s “Rufus is a Tit Man” for a mix disc i’m making for a pregnant friend and now i can’t get it out ofย  my head. but that’s okay, because i do love me some loudon …

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3 responses to “pita failure …

  1. amanda

    why didn’t they puff? i blame myself and the recipe i gave you…perhaps it’s more humid in texas? maybe that helped the yeast get nice and bubbly? ugh, baking science is hard. this dinner looks SUPER tasty. that minty tzaziki instead of the dill sounds very interesting and summery.

    and a pregnant friend? who is this lucky lady?

  2. amanda

    about those pitas…maybe it’s because i used a pizza stone for cooking them? this is seriously gnawing at me. i hate giving people failed recipes ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. rebekah

    well if it makes you feel better, i don’t blame you ๐Ÿ˜›

    sometimes yeasty things just don’t turn out the way they oughtta for me and it most likely is the damned, cold, dry weather here. instead of the pizza stone thing, i ended up turning over a cookie sheet in the oven instead. but i am currently shopping for a stone of my own. as into pizza as the husband is, i think it will be a good investment.

    what about lucky pregnant ladies? huh??

    (man, these bigmouth blogs sure do make secret keeping hard) … ๐Ÿ˜‰

    don’t fret about the pitas. i shall try again and prevail!

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