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Dreamy tahini buns


Shawarma buns, aka the food of heaven... These little buns of deliciousness are super simple to whip up and just take a few hours of hands off cooking to create. Recipe is courtesy of the wonderful Middle Eats


Prep time: 3 hours

Cooking time: 2 hours

Makes: Enough for 3 hungry people


Ingredients Beef:

500g of beef.

25-50g beef or lamb fat or 1 1/2tbsp butter

1 small tomato

1 green chilli

3 buns (or more)

Ingredients Marinade:

1 onion

Zest of 1/2 lemon

Zest of 1/2 orange

2 1/2 tbsp white vinegar

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

1/4 tsp sumac

1/4 tsp baharat


Ingredients Sauce:

35g yoghurt

25g tahini

25ml water

1/2 tbsp lemon juice

pinch salt and pepper

pinch cumin

pinch chilli powder


Ingredients salad:

1 Red onion

25g or small bunch of parsley

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp sumac

1 tbsp lemon juice



1. You're marinading me crazy

Slice your beef into strips of ~3-6cm and put them straight into the pot you'll be slow cooking in. Any kind of beef will do (as Joseph once famously said) you'll be slow cooking it for a while but beef with more fat will give more flavour.



Next add 1 onion , zest of 1/2 lemon, zest of 1/2 orange,2 1/2tbsp white vinegar

1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper, 1/4 tsp sumac and 1/4 tsp baharat into a bowl and blitz it up with your peg leg to a smooth paste, smell that wonderful marinadey goodness. Add it into the pot with the meat and give it a massage together, while you're at it book yourself a massage - you deserve it! Once the meat is fully coated, add in the chilli and tomato. Cover, and leave to marinade for 2-3 hours.



2. Slow and low


Once the marinading time is finally up, give the meat mixture a stir and put it on a high heat. Once it boils, add in the beef or lamb fat if you've got it and and turn the heat down to medium-low. Cover with a lid and let it cook down into a magical melty meat stew for about 1.5-2 hours



Meanwhile, get the salad and sauce made ready for the meat to be done (trust us you'll want to eat this as soon as it's ready...)

Slice the red onion thinly and mix with the salt and sumac, leave to sit for 10 minutes for all those wonderful flavours to mix together. Roughly chop the parsley and mix this and 1tbsp of lemon juice with the red onions. Ta-da! Like magic, your salad is done.



To make the tahini sauce, mix together 35g yoghurt, 25g tahini, 25ml water,1/2 tbsp lemon juice, pinch salt and pepper, a pinch of cumin and a pinch of chilli powder



Once your meat is tender, take off the lid mash the tomato and chilli into the sauce. If you didn't have beef/lamb fat before - now is the time to add your 1 1/2tbsp butter. Let the mixture cook and brown without the lid for another 15 minutes. Your kitchen will now be smelling incredible, so while you're waiting those tortuous 15 minutes slice your buns and set your table... Add in the parsley and onion salad (saving some for garnish in the buns) and stir through with a tablespoon of the tahini sauce



Load up the buns with the meat, some sauce and onion salad to your liking and dink and sink!




Food for Thought

Lizzy says: "Oh my highnesty this would good. It was a lot of work, but totally worth it! I cut the meat myself, which I wouldn't do in the future, I'd just buy ready cut.. that this sits and cooks on its own is really nice, it means you don't have to be in the kitchen the whole time. The end result was flavourful and the damn tahini sauce was amazing, plus the fluffy buns were so comforting and made this like a classy fast food meal. I would make this again for a summer party, just to show off how good a cook I am ;). 10/10 "


Kate says: "Middle Eats is one of my favourite youtubers to watch for Middle Eastern Food, he explains things so well and this was no exception. I was a little apprehensive because it takes so long and meat is expensive but I'm writing this review about 2 weeks after we had them and I have basically thought of nothing else since... A very hands off recipe and the flavours are amazing. That slow cooked beef with the crispy onion salad and tangy tahini sauce with a pillowy fluffy bun, my mouth is watering just thinking about them. A little bit of effort, but a must try if you've got some time and money 10/10"



10/10 Gasps


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