Instant Pot Beef Shawarma

Instant Pot Beef Shawarma

A Beef Shawarma sandwich or plate!  Yum!  It’s one of my favorites.  It’s one of the things I always order when I find myself at a Middle Eastern restaurant anywhere in the world.

Shawarma is sort of like the Greek Gyro or Turkish Doner Kebab; it’s a cone of seasoned meat or meats that’s cooked on a vertical spit.  Typically beef, lamb, and chicken are combined to form the large hunk of meat which is slowly grilled as it turns on its axis on the vertical spit.  Pieces of cooked meat are shaved off and stuffed in a pita with sauces, veggies, and pickles or placed on a plate with a serving of salad, hummus, rice, and pita bread.

I believe Shawarma started out as Middle Eastern street food where the sandwiches can be taken to go and eaten on as you go.  But these days you’ll find mixed meats, beef, and chicken shawarma on fast food and restaurant menus throughout the Middle East and beyond.

We love this tasty dish so much that we make it at home since there really aren’t any good Middle Eastern restaurants where we live.  Recently I’ve started making Beef Shawarma in my Instant Pot!  It’s the easiest and fastest way to make it!

We usually make Beef Shawarma sandwiches but we’ve also made Beef Shawarma plates and bowls.  We also use the leftover meat to top hummus, assuming we havhttp://www.savvynana.com/wp-admin/e leftovers that is!

But really the secret to this Beef Shawarma that tastes like you got it from a Middle Eastern restaurant isn’t in the way it’s cooked, the secret’s in the spice mix that’s rubbed on the meat!  Marinating the meat overnight ensures that the meat is infused with the exotic flavors of the spices.  Cooking it in the Instant Pot just makes the cooking process faster, but you can actually make it in the oven or on a grill if you don’t own this handy dandy electric pressure cooker.

Once you make the Beef Shawarma you can make it into a sandwich and top with your favorite toppings such as hummus, tahini sauce, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, pickles, and I love it with Tzatziki sauce! (I know I’m mixing Arabic and Greek foods, but who cares?  It tastes great!)

To make Instant Pot Beef Shawarma you’ll first need to make some of the Shawarma Spice Mix, so click here for the recipe!  

Then scroll down for the Instant Pot Beef Shawarma recipe!

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  1. Using a small knife drill 12 holes all over your roast
  2. Stuff a garlic half in each hole
  3. Mix Shawarma Spice Mix with 2 Tbs. ACV and 1 Tbs. Olive Oil
  4. Rub this spice mixture all over the roast then place the meat in a covered dish or ziplock bag and let rest in the fridge for at least 8 hours and up to 24 hours. I find that overnight works well.
  5. 30 minutes before cooking set the meat on the counter and let the temperature go down to room temperature
  6. Place remaining olive oil in instant pot and set pot to saute
  7. Sear the meat on all sides for about 5-8 minutes per side
  8. Add beef broth and remaining ACV to the pot
  9. Cover making sure the valve is set to sealing
  10. Set pot on Manual and adjust time to 60 minutes
  11. When pot turns off allow pressure to release naturally
  12. When pot is completely depressurized carefully open the lid and remove the meat
  13. Shred the meat and place in a bowl or baking sheet. At this point you can use the meat to make sandwiches, plates, or bowls. Or if you prefer you can crisp the ends by sprinkling a bit of the broth over the meat and popping the pan in the oven to broil on high for 10 minutes or just until the ends turn darker brown. If you are crisping it keep a close eye on the meat as it will burn quickly in the broiler.
  14. Store any leftovers with a bit of broth to keep it from drying out. Reheat in the microwave or in the over, drizzle some of the broth over the meat before reheating.
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Homemade Shawarma Spice Mix

Homemade Shawarma Spice Mix

Shawarma is a typical Middle Eastern street food that’s sold on street corner kiosks, fast food joints, and restaurants in Middle Eastern countries and beyond.

It’s sort of similar to the Greek Gyro but is seasoned with different spices and allowed to marinate for at least a few hours.  It’s usually cooked very much like the Turkish Doner Kebab which is a cone of mixed meats (beef, lamb, and chicken) cooked on a vertical spit.  Typically it’s served as a Shawarma Sandwich which is pita bread stuffed with shaved meat, tahini sauce, and fresh and pickled veggies.  It can also be served as a plate with rice, salad, hummus, and pita bread.

Today most Middle Eastern restaurants and fast food places serve specific shawarma meats such as beef or chicken shawarma in a sandwich or as a plate.  Needless to say both are very popular in our family!

But the real secret to Shawarma isn’t the meat or the way it’s cooked.  The secret lies in the spices used.  You can make shawarma in your oven, grill, and even in your Instant Pot.  In fact I always make it in my Instant Pot!  I’m working on an article to share how to make Beef Shawarma in an Instant Pot; but before I can make any type of shawarma using any method I have to season the meat!

I’m actually a big believer in spice rubs.  I make all sorts of rubs for different things such as my Basic BBQ Chicken Rub. I mean sauces are great for adding flavor to meat after it’s cooked, but what really gives meat great flavor are rubs and marinades.  So if you want to make homemade shawarma that tastes like you ordered it from a Middle Eastern restaurant you’ll need this Shawarma Spice Mix.

I usually mix up a large batch; large meaning enough mix to fill a  quart sized Mason Jar.  I store my Shawarma Spice Mix in a sealed jar in my pantry, it stays fresh for about 3 months, assuming you don’t use it all before then!  The spice mix can be used for beef or chicken shawarma and can even be added to other recipes when you’re wanting to add a touch of exotic flavorings.

To use the mix as a marinade for shawarma I use a teaspoon of mix per pound of meat.  Combine the mix with about 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar, and a pinch of salt then massage it on to the meat.  Place the meat in a ziplock bag and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours but no longer than 24 hours.

So scroll down for the Shawarma Spice Mix recipe!

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  1. Mix all spices together in a large bowl
  2. Transfer spice mix to a mason jar
  3. Place jar lid on tightly and store in a cool dry place
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Sun Dried Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Sun Dried Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Sun Dried Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
Here’s a new hummus flavor I whipped up for the family.  It goes great with the Beef Shawarma wraps I make.  It’s very easy to make.  You can use a food processor, but I was too lazy to take out my processor so I made it in my Ninja blender, it worked just as well.
I use sun dried tomatoes I buy in the open markets of Venice.  I store them in the freezer and soak them in water for a few hours before using them.  You can use the sun dried tomatoes they sell in jars at the produce section of your local supermarket.  As for the roasted red pepper I just use the ones in a jar I get from the supermarket.
Ingredients:
1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes
1/2 cup roasted red peppers
1 cup chick peas – Garbanzo Beans
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tbls. sesame tahini
1 tbls. minced garlic
1 tsp. sea salt
Juice from 1 lemon
Extra Virgin olive oil (optional)
Directions:
Place tomatoes in blender or food processor – blend until finely chopped
Add red peppers – blend until finely chopped and mixed well
Add chick peas, oil, tahini, garlic, salt – blend until it becomes a soft paste

Add lemon juice – blend  until it’s absorbed

Move to serving bowl or dish.  If desired drizzle with Extra Virgin Olive Oil before serving.

You can use this hummus as a dip or spread.

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  1. Place tomatoes in blender or food processor - blend until finely chopped
  2. Add red peppers - blend until finely chopped and mixed well
  3. Add chick peas, oil, tahini, garlic, salt - blend until it becomes a soft paste
  4. Add lemon juice - blend until it's absorbed
  5. Move to serving bowl or dish. If desired drizzle with Extra Virgin Olive Oil before serving.
  6. You can use this hummus as a dip or spread.
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Chicken Recipe Round-Up From Around the World

Chicken Recipe Round-Up From Around the World

Winner, winner, chicken dinner!!! Who doesn’t eat chicken, other than vegans? Even people who have allergies have eaten chicken. There are so many breeds of chicken.  In the Philippines we have our own famous breed called “NATIVE CHICKENS”.  They come from provinces across the country and are  famous for their flavor and reduced fat.

Chicken across the country; across the sea; and across the world; chicken is everywhere!  Today I’m going to give you a round-up of chicken recipes from around the world!

 

chicken

Ginataang Manok (Chicken Stewed in Coconut Milk) Filipino Recipe!

Boom! This chicken Filipino dish is fantastic, I love the sweetness of the coconut milk and the balance of all the flavors, you should try this, I’m sure you going to love this!

Ginataang Manok (Chicken Stewed in Coconut Milk) Filipino Recipe!

 

chicken

Easy Chicken Marsala

This Italian-American dish is mouth-watering, it smells really good and it taste really really good.

Easy Chicken Marsala

 

chicken

Chicken Milanese – Italian Fried Chicken

This is versatile homemade and a very delicious Italian dish you should totally try.

Chicken Milanese – Italian Fried Chicken

 

chicken

Chicken Pastel Filipino Recipe!!!

This is an Italian-Filipino dish which is creamy and tasty and I love it!

Chicken Pastel Filipino Recipe!!!

 

chicken

Margarita Chicken Tacos

Oh I really love taco! This Mexican dish for me is sent from heaven. Just don’t over cook the chicken please!

Margarita Chicken Tacos

 

chicken

Mochiko Chicken Fingers

This dish becomes an Island favorite, I love the crispiness and the spiciness of this dish, it makes you beg for more.

Mochiko Chicken Fingers

 

chicken

Sweet Sesame Seed Chicken Wings

Oh I love sesame, sesame oil and sesame seeds, I really love this Hawaiian chicken winged dish, you should try it.

Sweet Sesame Seed Chicken Wings

 

chicken

Pan Fried Herb Crusted Chicken Breasts

One of the very difficult part of the chicken to cook is the chicken breasts, you need to be careful not to under done or over cooked the breast, but if cook to perfection? Hallelujah!!!

Pan Fried Herb Crusted Chicken Breasts

 

chicken

Chicken Potato Salad (Filipino Style) Recipe!!!

Oh I also really love this dish, I love the taste of potatoes collide with chicken and its a little bit sour and creamy taste. LOVED IT!

Chicken Potato Salad (Filipino Style) Recipe!!!

 

chicken

Rellenong Manok (Filipino Stuffed Chicken) Recipe!!!

This is a Filipino signature dish that is unique and awesomely delicious; it is usually served during special celebrations like birthday’s, fiesta’s and more.

Rellenong Manok (Filipino Stuffed Chicken) Recipe!!!

 

chicken

Chicken Curry (Filipino Style) Recipe!!!

OMG! This is it, this is the dish what I’m waiting for, this is PERFECTLY HEAVEN!

Chicken Curry (Filipino Style) Recipe!!!

 

Sizzling Chicken Sisig Recipe!!!

Wow, this is sizzling hot and mouth-watering dish that is perfect appetizer and perfect pair for a glass of sizzling cold beer!

Sizzling Chicken Sisig Recipe!!!

 

Pinoy (Filipino Style) Chicken Noodle Soup

This dish is perfect for rainy days. Tasty and flavorful broth. Can make your feel warm and alive.

Pinoy (Filipino Style) Chicken Noodle Soup

 

Crispy Chicken Caprese

A crispy fried chicken and a flavorful tomato basil sauce topped with melted mozzarella for me is a perfect dinner.

Crispy Chicken Caprese

 

Baked Barbecue Chicken

I’m an avid fan of chicken barbecue, I always feel hungry when I smell it and will totally leave my diet a minute.

 

Baked Barbeque Chicken

 

 

 

Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo

This was invented by Alfredo Di Lelio 1908, I love the creaminess of the sauce and the texture of the pasta. When I taste this dish I felt like I’m in one of the famous restaurants in Rome!

 

Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo

 

Chicken Arroz Caldo – Filipino Comfort Food

This dish is perfect for rainy days too!

Chicken Arroz Caldo – Filipino Comfort Food

 

Chicken Afritada Recipe!!!

This is a fiesta dish that every Filipino love to serve and of-course to eat, I can eat 3 plates of steamed rice because of this dish and I’m sure you will love this.

Chicken Afritada Recipe!!!

 

Easy Chicken Salad

One of my favorite sandwiches to serve are chicken salad sandwiches! This is awesome!

One of my favorite sandwiches to serve are chicken salad sandwiches! This is awesome!

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Easy Lime Cilantro Chicken Bake

I love baked chicken, this is one of my favorite kind of dinner.

Easy Lime Cilantro Chicken Bake

 

Easy Garlic Lemon Chicken

This one too!!! I like the kick of lemon in this dish, I really really love this dish too, I can eat 10 pieces of this.

Easy Garlic Lemon Chicken

 

Shish Taouk – Lebanese Chicken Kabobs

This kabob smells amazing and taste so good, its tender, juicy and flavorful.

Shish Taouk – Lebanese Chicken Kabobs

 

Easy Chicken Shawarma Sandwich

What else can I say? It’s a supper!

 

Easy Chicken Shawarma Sandwich

 

Stromboli – Chicken/Spinach/Broccoli

This is perfect for breakfast with coffee, jam, butter and toasted bread.

Stromboli – Chicken/Spinach/Broccoli

 

Mushroom Chicken

We all love mushrooms and it would be so perfect together with chicken.

Mushroom Chicken

 

Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki

One of our family traditions are Sunday night barbecues when family and friends drop by for dinner and a visit.  Everyone looks forward to this weekly event.

Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki

 

The Best Chicken Marsala Recipe

This is another one of my favorite dishes. I’ve tried many different recipes in my quest for the perfect one; tweaking each one until it was just right.

The Best Chicken Marsala Recipe

 

Authentic Filipino Recipe – Chicken Adobo

And last but not the least, a dish that every hear t of Filipinos desire! This is an all-time and a part of every Filipino’s lives dish. Simply heaven!

 

Authentic Filipino Recipe – Chicken Adobo


Round-Up Chicken Dishes – Filipino, Italian, American World Class Fusion Cousins!!!
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Vegan Mango Coconut Tapioca Pudding

Vegan Mango Coconut Tapioca Pudding

Vegan Mango Coconut Tapioca Pudding

I’ve recently been on a pudding making binge.  I’ve been making all sorts of puddings and mousses.  I recently made some Vegan Coconut Tapioca Pudding so that my grandson Jett can have some too.

I had some fresh mangoes in the fridge and decided to dress up the pudding with some fresh mangoes.  I poured them in half pint jelly jars and served them at one of our barbecues.  The guests and my family loved it!

This pudding is light and refreshing, best of all when portioned in jelly jars, wine goblets, or custard cups it’s good enough for company.  So if you’re looking for something for dessert next time you have guests impress them with this pudding, they’ll think you spent hours making it!

It makes a great ending to a Father’s Day lunch or dinner too!  Try it out!

Ingredients:

1 cup small pearl tapioca – not instant
2 cans coconut milk
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. clear vanilla extract
1 large fresh mango diced

Directions:

1.  Soak tapioca in a bowl of water overnight in the fridge.

2.  Drain tapioca and place in a large pot.

3.  Add coconut milk and sugar.

4.  Cook over medium high heat until it boils.  Stir constantly to dissolve the sugar and to keep the bottom from scorching.

5.  Once it starts to boil – it should be thickening and tapioca pearls should be translucent – reduce heat to low and cook another 5 minutes or until all the tapioca pearls are translucent.

6.  Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract and mango.

7.  Pour into bowl and cover with plastic wrap.  Place in fridge until ready to serve.  If you will be portioning the pudding pour into jelly jars, custard cups, wine glasses, etc. and cover.

Vegan Mango Coconut Tapioca Pudding
Vegan Mango Coconut Tapioca Pudding
Vegan Mango Coconut Tapioca Pudding
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6 Servings 10 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 Minutes 12 Hours
Vegan Mango Coconut Tapioca Pudding
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
6 Servings 10 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 Minutes 12 Hours
Servings Prep Time
6 Servings 10 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 Minutes 12 Hours
Ingredients
Servings: Servings
Instructions
  1. Soak tapioca in a bowl of water overnight in the fridge.
  2. Drain tapioca and place in a large pot.
  3. Add coconut milk and sugar.
  4. Cook over medium high heat until it boils. Stir constantly to dissolve the sugar and to keep the bottom from scorching.
  5. Once it starts to boil - it should be thickening and tapioca pearls should be translucent - reduce heat to low and cook another 5 minutes or until all the tapioca pearls are translucent.
  6. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract and mango.
  7. Pour into bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Place in fridge until ready to serve. If you will be portioning the pudding pour into jelly jars, custard cups, wine glasses, etc. and cover.
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