Sometimes when I travel for work, I come back with a craving I just can’t get rid of. When I come back from Chicago, it’s some sort of pasta dish. New York, it’s almost always Thai food. And randomly enough, when I come back from Dallas, I want Mediterranean food. Nope, not Mexican, but a good old gyro. You can blame my obsession on Mama Pita, a fast casual restaurant in Plano. Mama Pita cooks all sorts of skewers – lamb, beef and chicken, and serves like a million types of hummus (carrot or beet anyone?). You can assemble these skewers on a plate with salad, or stuffed in a pita, which is what I always get. Delicious. I decided to make it at home. Without a recipe. My husband was skeptical. He had no idea…
I started off seasoning the chicken and soaking the skewers in water for a few minutes so they wouldn’t burn in the oven. I seasoned the chicken all by eye, but you can season until it smells right. I used:
- Garlic Powder
- Crushed Red Pepper
- Olive Oil
While that marinated in the fridge, I cut the veggies up: onions and green and red peppers.
After the chicken sat for a few hours, I skewered the whole deal and baked in a 350 degree oven for about 45 minutes, until it was done all the way through.
I made Carla Hall’s yogurt sauce, and used a little cream to water it down to a slightly runny consistency.
Next, I tossed a little salad with feta cheese, vinegar and olive oil.
And then for the assembly.
And Voila! They may not be Mama Pita’s, but they were damn good. Let me know how yours turn out!