no bake ‘pita’ pockets

Now that I’ve delved deep into uni, I thought I’d share with you a quick and healthy recipe I love to make… especially that I’m pretty much always short on time… It’s going to be one of my big and bold claims, that I invented this, because I’ve never before seen it anywhere… not in Google searches, on your blogs, or in recipe books! Let me know if you have, though, so I can pass on the title to its rightful owner 🙂

What I love most about this recipe is that it’s versatile, quick, and cuts down on the carbs (by doubling the amount of fresh veggies) when compared to the typical sandwich. I don’t know how you feel about the average sandwich, but I can’t seem to get it through my mind that 2 slices of bread, and some filling is enough for a quick lunch… especially coming from a Middle Eastern background, where lunch is rice, meat and a whole lot more. Doing my sandwiches this way, means I get twice as many, but only with the same 2 slices of bread…. let me know what you think of this way of making sandwiches 🙂 And remember to use what ever filling you fancy!

Serves: 1


1 hard boiled egg

2 tbs mayonnaise

5 – 6 small iceburg lettuce leaves

1/4 cucumber, thinly sliced (8 slices)

2 slices white or wholemeal bread – not too thinly or thickly sliced



Toast the slices of bread until golden. If you toast them too much, they won’t open nicely.

Meanwhile, mash the hard boiled egg with a fork until it resembles course crumbs.

Rinse the lettuce leaves and roughly dice.

Cut the toasted slices of bread in half (I photographed this recipe so twice, so in the first few pics, I cut them as triangles, but the final images are when I cut them as rectangles).

Run a sharp serrated knife through the bread to make a pocket. Make sure you do the edges (near the crusts) and to shake out any crumbs to make more room for fillings!

Spread 1/2 tbs of good quality mayonnaise inside each pocket.

Add in a quarter of the mashed egg to each pocket.

Evenly fill each pocket with the lettuce and cucumber slices.

Serve fresh while the bread’s still crispy. I guess you could leave the filling out until it’s lunch time… what ever you do, please remember me while you..


…just like this…



22 thoughts on “no bake ‘pita’ pockets

  1. Chica Andaluza says:

    Yep, I think you can safely patent this as I have never seen sandwiches done like this before! I agree with the concept of not really seeing a sandwich as lunch (mind you, I did used to eat them happily when I worked in London). However, if you gave me some like this I´d be very happy (and full up too) 🙂

  2. Charles says:

    Haha, I’m glad I’m not the only one who enjoys stuffing things between the toasted sides of bread 😀 I used to bite off the crusts and then pull the sides apart – voilà… instantly doubling the amount of surface area you have available to you for butter and jam 😀

  3. Mad Dog says:

    I’m sure I can see olives in your picture – interesting, Chicago John was talking about egg and olive sandwiches the other day – I really need to try them 😉

  4. misscorrigan says:

    How often can ya look at a recipe online-just for a quick glance and realize, hey I have all those things in my kitchen. I could make this right now, and its so easy and quick! Thanks Fati.

  5. Good Cooks says:

    Nob, never saw like that before, congratulations Fati, you are the inventor then…hahaha
    But really like the idea, it makes you eat less bread though, and thats the important part.

  6. fati's recipes says:

    🙂 Awesome, glad you guys all like the idea… I can write your name down on the Patent, Charles 😛 Yes I do that with my toast, too, sometimes 🙂

    Chica, isn’t it just amazing how differently our diet changes when we change from one country to another? 🙂

    Thanks all for popping in… Catch you around soon, I hope…

  7. mjskit says:

    What an ingenious idea! I try to cut down on my carbs by only making a half sandwich, but that means I only get half the goody filling as well. I love this idea because now you get more filling IN one slice of bread! What a great filling as well! I know what I’m having for lunch tomorrow!

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