Friday, July 13, 2012

Sabich Sandwich/Wrap Recipe

I never was a big sandwich fan. I also didn't used to like hummus, aside for on a very rare occasion. Hard boiled eggs? Always thought they needed mayonnaise to make them palatable.
But that all changed when I tasted my first Sabich sandwich. 

Sabich is a type of sandwich, made famous by an Israeli restauranteur, who started selling it as fast food. Its name is an acronym of the Hebrew names of the ingredients therein- salad, eggs, eggplant; they typically also contain pickles, parsley, and tahini sauce.
Sabich is generally served in a pita, but some also serve it on bread, and since we're gluten free in our home, I serve mine in gluten free wraps, like rice paper, or gluten free crepes.

Something about the combination of flavors in sabich makes it simply out of this world- the hummus pairs beautifully with the hard boiled eggs, making them moister, and the addition of the rest of the ingredients, though simple, really make the dish. They're vegetarian,  dairy free, refined sugar free, etc... and when made with these wraps, gluten free. They're also pretty healthy. Did I mention that when made with wraps, they're the perfect travel food?

I served these sabich wraps while on our recent vacation, and they were a hit by everyone. The people who ate them couldn't believe how simple the ingredients were.

Sabich Sandwich/Wrap Recipe

Homemade pocket pita bread or homemade tortillas if not gluten free OR
Gluten free/grain free crepes or rice paper if making gluten free
Hummus, ideally homemade hummus
Lettuce (optional)
Shredded cabbage (optional)
Pickles (optional)
Tahini sauce (optional)
Chopped cilantro or parsley (optional)
Radishes (optional)
Olives (optional)
Peppers (optional)

1. Hard boil and peel your eggs.

2. Slice eggplant into thin slices, then cut each slice into quarters. Fry until golden.

3. Chop the rest of your veggies. You don't need to add all of them. The last time I made sabich, I used lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, radishes, cilantro, eggs, eggplant, and hummus, but you can change things up a bit so long as you make sure to include the egg, hummus, fried eggplant, and other raw veggies.

4. Slice your eggs. Lay it all out.

5. If using pita, open the pocket and smear humus on one of the inner sides, then fill with the rest of the ingredients, then eat. If using bread, smear one piece of bread with hummus, pile everything on, cover, then eat.

6. If using a rice paper, soften in a bowl of cold water before use. 

7. Lay out your rice paper, tortilla, or gluten free crepe on a plate.

8. Smear hummus on the wrapper on the middle of the bottom third.

9. Add the rest of the ingredients, making sure not to overfill. (Its a little too full in this picture.) Drizzle tahini on if desired.

10. Fold over the sides onto the filling, then roll up from the bottom to the top. If you need pictures, wrapping instructions is the same as when making spring rolls.


11. Once the wraps are rolled up, if using rice papers, set aside for a few minutes, until it dries somewhat; if you pile them all on top of each other, they'll stick together if they haven't dried yet.

12. To make these travel friendly, wrap each wrap individually with aluminum foil, plastic wrap, or parchment paper.

Dig in!

Have you ever eaten Sabich before? What did you think of it? Have you ever made it before? What do you put in yours?
Does this look like a recipe you'd try out? What wrapper would you most likely use, or would you use bread or pita?
If you're gluten free, what do you usually use to make wraps? Rice paper? Tortillas? Crepes? Or something else?
Are you a sandwich or wrap fan in general?

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