The sabich is an increasingly popular street food in Israel. (Photo: Sarah F. Berkowitz/Unpacked)

How to make sabich

Hot, fresh pitas are stuffed with fried eggplant, hard boiled eggs, Israeli salad and several tasty sauces.

Are you ready for a knock-your-socks-off, intensely flavorful stuffed pita sandwich? Then read on! Sabich is an Israeli concoction of all that’s right in the Mediterranean culinary world – fresh hot pitas, fragrant fried eggplant, fresh salads with herbs and loads of savory sauces. Sliced egg adds texture and protein, and makes this the perfect Israeli-style meal for vegetarians. The super cool marbling technique on the hard boiling eggs doesn’t hurt either.

Keep in mind that it’s a lot easier to stuff a whole pita rather than a half. Slice off just a small piece of the top (pizza cutter works well for that) and then gently pry open.

And one final flavor note: you’ll want the flavors of all the sauces to be recognizable in every bite – so go ahead and shmear and drizzle liberally before and after each layer of ingredients.

Sabich

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Prep45 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Yield4

Ingredients

  • 4 pitas
  • 1 large eggplant or 2 Japanese eggplants
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 English breakfast tea bag
  • ½ English cucumber
  • 2 roma or vine-ripe tomatoes
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • ½ small red onion, chopped
  • ½ lemon
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 4 tbsp hummus
  • Amba sauce
  • Tahini sauce

Instructions

  • Wash eggplant and discard ends. Chop into 2” pieces, place in paper towel lined bowl and salt thoroughly. Allow eggplant to ‘sweat’ and release moisture for about 30 minutes.
  • In a small pot, combine eggs and tea bag and cover with water. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes.
  • To brown the eggs, remove from pot one at a time with a slotted spoon, crack slightly (I hit them gently with the bottom of a mug), and return to pot for an additional 2-3 minutes of cooking time. Turn off heat, drain and rinse with cold water.
  • Combine cucumber, tomato, red onion and parsley in a medium bowl. Squeeze lemon juice over it, and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • Heat ¼ cup oil in a deep frying pan on medium high heat. Fry eggplant slices until golden, and then transfer to paper towel lined plates to drain excess oil. Repeat until all eggplant is fried.
  • Warm pitas in oven for 3-5 minutes. Slit open the tops.
  • Peel and slice eggs.
  • To assemble sandwiches, spread bottoms of pita with a tablespoon of hummus. Add Israeli salad (use a slotted spoon to avoid the liquid), fried eggplant and a few slices of egg. Drizzle with tahini and amba sauce.

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