Hearty Pita Pockets

Hearty Pita PocketsRecipe
Photo: Michele Michael

Recipe from

Real Simple

Recipe Time

Prep: 15 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 442
Caloriesfromfat 47 %
Fat 23 g
Satfat 5 g
Cholesterol 74 mg
Sodium 778 mg
Carbohydrate 22 g
Fiber 4 g
Sugars 3 g
Protein 38 g


1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1 10-ounce package sliced mushrooms
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 pound ground beef
1/4 cup brandy
1 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
3/4 cup (3 ounces) grated Parmesan
4 pitas (white or whole wheat), warmed
1/4 cup mayonnaise (optional)
3 medium carrots, cut into sticks


Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms, 1/4 teaspoon of the salt, and 1/8 teaspoon of the pepper and cook for 3 minutes. Add the beef and cook until no trace of pink remains, 5 to 6 minutes. Spoon off and discard any fat. Add the brandy and cook, stirring, until almost evaporated, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the spinach and cook until heated through, about 1 1/2 minutes. Season with the remaining salt and pepper. Remove from heat and stir in the Parmesan.

Cut a 2-inch strip off the side of each pita and pull open. Spread the inside with the mayonnaise (if using). Fill each pita with the beef and mushroom mixture. Serve with the carrots.