Oven-Baked Meatball Pitas with Tzatziki & Tahini Kale

  • 10 oz Ground Beef
  • 2 Pocketless Pitas
  • 1 bunch Kale
  • 1 Red Onion
  • 2 Tbsps Tahini
  • ¼ cup Panko Breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup Tzatziki (Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce)
  • 1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Smoky Spice Blend (Smoked Paprika, Sweet Paprika, Ground Yellow Mustard, Garlic Powder, & Onion Powder)



1.Preheat the oven to 450°F. Line a sheet pan with foil. Peel the onion; cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick rounds, keeping the layers intact. Transfer to the sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper; carefully turn to coat. Evenly arrange on one side of the sheet pan.




2.In a large bowl, combine the beef, breadcrumbs, and spice blend; season with salt and pepper. Gently mix to combine. Form the mixture into six equal-sized meatballs. Flatten each meatball to about a 1/2-inch thickness. Arrange in an even layer on the other side of the sheet pan of onion rounds. Bake 15 to 17 minutes, or until the onion is tender and the meatballs are browned and cooked through. Remove from the oven.



3.While the meatballs and onion bake, wash and dry the kale. Separate the leaves from the stems; discard the stems, then thinly slice the leaves. In a large bowl, whisk together the tahini, vinegar, and 1 tablespoon of water until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Add the sliced kale; drizzle with olive oil and stir to thoroughly coat. Set aside to marinate, stirring occasionally, at least 10 minutes. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.



4.While the kale marinates, stack the pitas on a large piece of foil; tightly wrap to seal. Place directly onto an oven rack and warm 5 to 7 minutes, or until heated through and pliable. Transfer to a work surface and carefully unwrap. Fill the warmed pitas with the tzatziki and baked meatballs and onion (separating the onion layers before adding). Serve the finished pitas with the marinated kale on the side. Enjoy!


To fill warm pitas, we’re baking homemade meatballs (simply made with ground beef, panko breadcrumbs, and a blend of smoky spices) alongside rounds of sweet red onion—all complemented by a layer of cooling tzatziki sauce.


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