Greek Sloppy Joe Pitas

Pita pockets, the dependable stuff-it bread for tumbling-ingredient sandwiches, are perfect for holding this joe made with Greece's ubiquitous lamb and trademark Mediterranean herbs.

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Makes:
12 servings
Prep:
20 mins
Slow Cook:
6 hrs to 8 hrs (low) or 3 to 4 hours (high)
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Greek Sloppy Joe Pitas

Ingredients
1 1/2
pounds lean ground lamb
1
cup chopped sweet onion (1 large)
3
cloves garlic, minced
1
15 ounce can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), rinsed and drained
1
14 1/2 ounce can stewed tomatoes, undrained and cut up
1/4
cup dry red wine
1
bay leaf
1
teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
1
teaspoon dried mint, crushed
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/2
teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
1/2
teaspoon dried marjoram, crushed
6
whole wheat or plain pita bread rounds, cut in half
 
Assorted toppers, such as crumbled feta cheese with tomatoes and basil or plain feta cheese, sliced cucumber, and/or sliced Kalamata olives (optional)

Directions

  1. In a large skillet cook ground lamb, onion, and garlic over medium heat until meat is brown and onion is tender, using a wooden spoon to break up meat as it cooks. Drain off fat.
  2. In a 4- to 5-quart slow cooker combine meat mixture, beans, tomatoes, wine, bay leaf, oregano, mint, salt, thyme, and marjoram.
  3. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 6 to 8 hours or on high-heat setting for 3 to 4 hours. Remove and discard bay leaf.
  4. To serve, use a slotted spoon to spoon meat mixture into pita bread halves. If desired, add desired toppers.

Nutrition Facts

(Greek Sloppy Joe Pitas)
    Per serving:
  • 307 kcal cal.,
  • 15 g fat
  • (6 g sat. fat,
  • 2 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 6 g monounsatured fat),
  • 41 mg chol.,
  • 448 mg sodium,
  • 30 g carb.,
  • 5 g fiber,
  • 4 g sugar,
  • 15 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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