Garden Wraps

Arous Jneini (a-roos jnay-nee)


Preparation info

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Appears in

Classic Lebanese Cuisine: 170 Fresh And Healthy Mediterranean Favorites

Classic Lebanese Cuisine

By Kamal Al-Faqih

Published 2009

  • About

The literal translation of arous is “bride” and jneini is “garden.” Long ago in various villages, they did not like the bride to appear too thin, so they would wrap her in layers to make her appear full and robust. That is exactly what these delicious pita wrap sandwiches are; they are full and robust. Fresh pita bread is wrapped around layers of yogurt cheese, crisp vegetables, olives, and fresh mint. Be sure to use very fresh pita breads, so they are soft and pliable.


Specialty Ingredients

  • Yogurt cheese (labni); you can prepare it fresh or find it at specialty markets or online.


    To Prepare the Wraps

    Place the pita breads on a flat surface. Spread half of the labni cheese down the center (from top to bottom) of each round. Dividing the remaining ingredients between the 2 wraps, layer the olives over the labni cheese, followed by the cucumber, tomato, and mint leaves. Drizzle the oil over the vegetables. Fold the base up and over the filling about 2 inches to secure the filling from falling out of the bottom, then roll the pita from left to right, forming a cylinder with the filling inside. Wrap a paper napkin around the bottom, and enjoy!