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Shawarma Pizza Exists And You Won’t Have To Choose Between The Two Anymore

You know those late night adventures where you’re craving something and can’t decide between pizza and shawarma?

You won’t have to do that if your travels bring you to Foodbeast’s own festival, Meat Street Presented by the Makers of SPAM Brand at Main Place Mall, because we’ll have a shawarma pizza in the Meat Street Marketplace for you to chow down on, courtesy of the team at Hobo Co. Pizza.

Hobo Co’s pizza is a dope mashup of shawarma and pizza that brings together the best of both worlds. It’s got some righteous pizza dough coated in both tomato and tahini sauce, shawarma beef, and fresh mozzarella cheese. After being baked to a golden brown, the Shawarma pizza gets topped with fresh chopped parsley and pickled turnips, giving you a mix of rich, beefy, cheesy, and pickled flavors for a well-balanced pizza.

If you’re down with this combo, make sure to buy some tickets to Meat Street to grab a pie or two. We guarantee it’s gonna be a meat extravaganza with plenty of one-of-a-kind dishes like this shawarma pizza.

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Food Network’s ‘Shortcut Chicken Shawarma’ Is A Middle Finger To Authentic Shawarma Lovers

First-time shawarma makers looking for an authentic take on the beloved street food should definitely NOT use this recipe.

For those unfamiliar, shawarma is a traditional Middle Eastern street food item, made from slicing pieces of marinated and spit-roasted meat and cramming them into pita bread. It’s usually served with fresh vegetables, a tangy tahini (sesame seed paste) or yogurt-based sauce, and some optional pickled vegetables.

Food Network uploaded a video to Facebook claiming to be a “Shortcut Chicken Shawarma” that makes cooking the popular street food at home “EASY.” However, to call what Food Network has uploaded a “shawarma” is a true affront to the dish.

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This shawarma recipe, to be fair, is close to what a real shawarma is. However, someone not familiar with it could be cooking this recipe at home and could easily mistake this for real shawarma, proving to be an awkward and most importantly un-authentic first experience with the dish.

I understand that the Food Network was trying to make a shawarma recipe simple for anyone who’s never made it before and doesn’t know where to start. At the same time, I also know that Foodbeast has been attributed to promoting un-authentic takes on traditional global cuisines. However, we never claim non-traditional iterations to be “real” authentic dishes.

If left unchecked, this shawarma recipe could eventually become a reference for amateur cooks looking to try their hand at authentic shawarma, leading them astray of a true recipe for that street food as a result.

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My first concern with the shawarma recipe is the usage of pumpkin pie spice in the marinade. I get that using spice blends means you can purchase less and get a variety of spices, but when you incorporate them into a cultural recipe, make sure you get the spices right.

Real Middle Eastern spices for a shawarma involve ones like cinnamon and nutmeg, but also authentic aromatics like sumac and cardamom.

As bad as utilizing pumpkin spice is for a recipe, it’s nothing compared to how the recipe ruined the sauce by deciding to use the disgusting combination of hummus and mayo. They could’ve gone for a simple yogurt sauce, or a more traditional and tasty tahini-based dressing, both of which are zesty, light, and refreshing. Instead, we’re treated to a unappetizing glop of thick and vomit-like paste that can’t be saved by the paltry amount of fresh garlic mixed in to justify the hummus-mayo combo as a “garlic sauce.”

The proverbial cherry on top of this cultural disaster is the dill pickle that is added in at the last possible second. Yes, pickled vegetables are incorporated. No, that doesn’t mean throwing in a Vlassic spear. A quick run to a Middle Eastern or international market could yield a jar of pickled veggies in no time.

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Overall, the resulting recipe that comes out of this looks like shawarma and may evoke a similar flavor profile to shawarma. However, it is not true authentic shawarma, and for Food Network to advertise their recipe as such is cultural appropriation at its worst.

Get your head out of the gutter, Food Network, and get back to making legit recipes that won’t inspire people to mix hummus and mayo together.

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Shawarma Egg Rolls Are A Real Thing And Here’s The Recipe

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If you don’t know what Shawarma is then you’re missing out on one of the most important Middle Eastern dishes you’ve never had. Shawarma is a Middle Eastern dish comprised of either lamb, chicken, or beef that is prepared on a vertical rotating spit. A typical beef shawarma sandwich is served in a pita with gherkin pickles, turnips, parsley mix and a drizzle of tahini.

I’ve always been inspired by my Lebanese heritage and cuisine, considering that it was what I grew up with. So when Canada’s bad boy Josh Elkin came through the office this week, we grabbed some shawarma sandwiches in Little Arabia, located in the always sunny Southern California. As we were coming up with ideas for some new recipe videos, the thought of rolling up an entire shawarma sandwich inside an egg roll came to mind. Having an Asian girlfriend was my inspiration, but Josh had the know-how to make it possible.

On our way to the store we wisely consulted my Lebanese mother on how to get the the shawarma recipe just right. Although we don’t have a vertical spit for our shawarma, there’s still a way to to make our dreams come true using an oven and the right spices. Here’s the recipe below and check out the video for a detailed visual look.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 deep fryer or large pot
  • 1 basting brush
  • 3 liters of cooking oil
  • Egg Roll Wrappers
  • 1 plastic bag
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1 pound of thin sliced flank steak
  • 1 cup of sliced pickled turnips
  • 1 cup of chopped gherkins
  • 1 cup of tahini paste
  • Salt and pepper
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1/3 cup of red vinegar
  • 1 lemon sliced
  • 1 tablespoon of shawarma spice
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 5 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 largely sliced onion with pedals separated
  • 1 cup of finely chopped parsley
  • ½ cup of lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of sumac spice

Preheat the cooking oil to 375 degrees F.

Step 1

Slice the flank steak into small bits and add it to a plastic bag. Add the red vinegar, olive oil, minced garlic, onions, shawarma seasoning, lemon juice, and lemons and mix well. Put this in the fridge for about 2 hours (overnight is better).

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Step 2

Add the contents of the bag to a baking tray and cook for about 20 minutes or until the onions become wilted.

Step 3

Combine the parsley lemon juice and sumac in a small bowl and mix well.

Lay out one egg roll wrapper. Paint the perimeter of the egg roll wrapper with the beaten egg.

Step 4

Lay out some turnips in the center of the egg roll wrapper. Add the sliced pickles and some of the parsley mixture. Top it off with a few strips of the shawarma beef.

Step 5

Roll the wrapper from one corner to the next. Pull it back to create a cylinder.

Step 6

Fold in the two side corners of the wrapper over the cylinder and roll it up closed.

Place the egg roll into the hot oil and fry until golden brown and bubbly.

Step 7

Combine the tahini paste with water and 1 teaspoon of salt and mix until the tahini becomes a light, beige color. Season with more salt to desired taste.


This Guy Makes Shawarma Really Fast, Let’s Add Mortal Kombat Music To That [WATCH]


This guy looks like a Benihana chef in fast forward. The Russian starts preparing some shawarma at a steady pace, but then the Mortal Kombat theme song starts playing in the background and things get too real.

Looking like a young Travis Barker in his prime, his hands start flailing around, picking up ingredients and flipping utensils, all while staying on beat. Then, for whatever reason, he pulls out a sword and starts doing tricks with it.

He pretty much killed that shawarma like a Scorpion fatality. Damn near flawless victory for the man with the “fastest hands in Russia.”


SPOTTED: Chocolate Shawarma is Exactly What it Sounds Like and It’s Amazing

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It’s been a few years since The Avengers made us all crave Shawarma. If Tony Stark finds out it is now available in dessert form, he’ll probably crave it after fighting off a few more aliens.

According to Tablet Mag, the popular Mediterranean street food has been transformed into a sweet, chocolaty treat. Chocolate Shawarma is sold at a dessert shop in Israel called Choco Kebab. The process looks very similar to the way the traditional shawarma is prepared, as the chocolate is put on a rotating spit, and shaved into thin chocolate slices before being nestled into a pita-crepe.

The usual suspects found in Shawarma wraps such as hummus, or tahini are replaced with dulce de leche, maple syrup, marshmallows, M&Ms, whipped cream, chocolate syrup, granola, and chocolate sprinkles.

Oded Cohen, the shop owner admitted that the concept is not an Israeli one, as he saw originally saw a chocolate spit while on a trip to Italy. So, he’s banking off a stolen concept, but hopefully it’s nothing to go to war for.

Check out the Chocolate Shawarma-making process for yourself:


Jewish Epic Meal Time: Cheese and Bacon Free!

Well, ladies and gentlemen, it seems that the art of excess isn’t exclusively an American trait. It turns out you can have one hell of a gut-busting meal using all kosher ingredients that result in one huge shawarma roll and falafel-infused bread loaf. Check out how the Chosen People get their grub on sans bacon, cheese and Jack Daniels in the Epic Meal Time parody by LoonieFilms entitled Jewish Epic Meal Time.

So how exactly do these Jews make their meals epic without the help of that wonderful candy of meats we know as bacon? I mean, any avid fan of Epic Meal Time is familiar with their extensive use of bacon strips (and bacon strips, and bacon strips), which are definitely not allowed in the diet according to Judaism. This is where pastrami and shawarma meat make excellent substitution as you’ll see in this flagrant use of falafel:


Shawarma-Marinated Steak Fries

This mixture of exotic flavors are known as the Rajas Fries and hail from the FrySmith Truck. They first start off with Kennebec potatoes that have been thinly sliced and double-fried in canola oil for that added crunch. They then add fire-roasted poblano chiles, caramelized onions, shawarma-marinated steak and jack cheese! A blend of of Latino and Middle Eastern cuisine over a bed of double-fried fries, the world needs to come together right now! (Thx FS)