1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, divided
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon chopped peeled fresh ginger
2 teaspoons ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 cups thinly sliced English cucumber
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1/2 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 (6-inch) pitas, quartered
How to Make It
Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Combine beef, 1/4 cup parsley, cilantro, and next 5 ingredients in a medium bowl. Divide mixture into 4 equal portions, shaping each into a 1/2-inch-thick patty. Add patties to pan; cook 3 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness.
Combine cucumber and vinegar in a medium bowl; toss well. Combine yogurt, remaining 2 tablespoons parsley, juice, and pepper in a small bowl; stir with a whisk. Arrange 1 patty and 1/2 cup cucumber mixture on each of 4 plates. Top each serving with about 2 tablespoons yogurt sauce. Serve each with 2 pita wedges.
My whole family loved this (ages 6-17). Only complaint was that I didn't make enough to produce leftovers for hubby's lunches. Served w/ roasted red pepper humus for the pita. Somewhat cumbersome w/ ribbon or sliced cukes - will try dicing next time, and modify to serve on thin, whole wheat buns like a hamburger to make it easier to taste it all together at once.
YUM! Much better than our local Mediterranean restaurant's version! Made the recipe as stated, but cooked the beef in "links" instead of patties. (It made about 12 links, cooked over medium high heat rotating, about 2 minutes per "side" for a total of 8 minutes.) I used a mandolin to slice the cucumbers thin quickly, but not in ribbons as the picture shows. Served the pita with our favorite hummus to dip.
Nice change-up, different enough to be interesting but still supereasy. Made to recipe except added 1tsp paprika and 1/8tsp cayenne to the beef. Served in flax/oat bran/wheat pitas along with tomato, cuke, bell pepper & mint salad.