Beef and Hummus Bake

    30 minutes

    Layers of creamy hummus, torn pita bread, toasted pine nuts with a delicious beef topping make this a great weeknight meal. Kind of like a pasta bake but uses pita bread instead.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 500g beef mince
    • 1 medium onion, chopped
    • 1/4 teaspoon all spice
    • 1 pinch salt and ground black pepper to taste
    • 2 teaspoons olive oil
    • 1/2 cup (60g) pine nuts
    • 4 cups hummus dip
    • 3 pocket pita bread
    • 1 pinch paprika, for garnish
    • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley, for garnish
    • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

    Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. In a large frypan over medium heat, combine the beef mince and onions. Cook, stirring frequently, until meat is no longer pink and onion is transparent, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and drain fat. Season with all spice, salt and pepper; set aside.
    2. Heat the olive oil in a frypan over medium heat. Stir in the pine nuts to coat with oil. Continue stirring until the nuts turn golden brown, about 2 minutes. Set aside.
    3. Assemble by spreading half of the hummus over the bottom of a 23x33cm casserole dish. Tear the pita bread rounds into pieces and layer these over the hummus. Spoon the remaining hummus evenly over the bread and then top with pine nuts. Sprinkle with paprika, half the parsley and drizzle with lemon juice. Top with beef mince mixture and remaining parsley, then serve.

    Use different bread

    You can easily substitute Lebanese bread for Pita bread in this recipe.

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    Really nice! It would be great for a salad/appetizer style party. I used about 1.75 lbs ground turkey and added a few garlic cloves to the onions. The allspice is great but definitely needs more - and that's after I added extra from the start! Pine nuts toast very nicely on the stove with no oil (they release their own natural oil). I made my own hummus and only used about 1.5 cups. Layered: hummus, pita, meat, pita, hummus, meat, pine nuts, parsley, paprika, lemon juice. Refrigerate leftovers and heat them up the next day - tastes just as good if not better! ~UPDATE~: after years of making this (to absolute rave reviews), I have changed the layering structure: hummus, meat, pita, hummus, meat, pine nuts. With only one layer of pita, it is a bit lighter. We LOVE this dish!  -  12 Jan 2011  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Excellent recipe. I followed the directions, except I added some garlic and cumin to the ground beef. I also toasted the pita breads into small chips or croutons. I served this with the Arab lentil and rice dish called "Mujadarrah", also from this website. Great combination! I will make this one again.  -  10 Apr 2011  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I used the Spicy Chipotle Hummus recipe on this site, I used the bottom of the bag Tortilla chips instead of Pita Bread, and I used Cilantro instead of Parsley. It gave this recipe a real Southwestern flare.  -  12 Jul 2009  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)