Spicy Roast Beef and Hummus in Pita Bread

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A World in My Kitchen

A World in My Kitchen

By Peter Gordon

Published 2003

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The first ‘meal’ I made in home economics at Wanganui High School was an open sandwich — hardly inspiring but here I am 27 years later giving a recipe for a sandwich. Pita breads are a great lunch staple because you can fill and wrap them easily.


  • 3 tablespoons hummus
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 150 g (5 oz) roast beef, thinly sliced and cut into strips
  • 2 pita breads
  • 1 handful salad leaves
  • 2 tablespoons cottage cheese
  • ¼ red capsicum, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon chilli sauce
  • mustard cress to garnish


In a small bowl, mix the hummus, tahini and mayonnaise, then mix in the beef. Halve pita breads or cut a slit 1 cm (½ in) from the top. Gently prise them open and push in some salad leaves. Spoon half the beef mixture into each one, top with cottage cheese and capsicum, spoon on some chilli sauce and garnish with cress.