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Quinoa-and-Turkey Patties in Pita with Tahini Sauce

Recipe photo courtesy of Carl Carter

This dish was inspired by Middle Eastern kibbe, which is made of ground lamb and bulghur. Crisp cucumber and red-onion slices contrast the creamy tahini (sesame-seed paste) dressing and soft patties.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2004




To make this recipe as seen on "The Martha Stewart Show," use neutral-tasting oil, such as canola or safflower, instead of cooking spray. Drizzle finished sandwiches with tahini (sesame seed paste) mixture described in step 2.

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How would you rate this recipe?
  • dkidsmama
    4 AUG, 2014
    The first time I tried these I wasn't a fan. I had leftovers so I ate it again and thought "they're not too bad!" Then the cravings started. These aren't fast food but I found they are worth the effort once I decided I liked them. Now I crave them, and they're healthy! Quinoa and tahini both have excellent health benefits so whatever you do, don't substitute them. Let yourself acquire a taste for something new.
  • MarleneMarti
    2 AUG, 2011
    Very good and easy to make.
  • kellypp13
    3 FEB, 2011
    i made this a few weeks ago and had some leftovers, so I froze them. Took them out last night and threw them in a pot of spaghetti sauce as meatballs. Yummy and they held up so well. I think I might play with some of the seasoning and make it more italian.
  • jag10park
    11 JAN, 2011
    Made this resume using whilte meat turkey ground (I used 1.25 lbs and cooked in the quinoa in fat free low sodium chicken stock). Excellent and the calorie reduction from the change didn't impact the moistness and taste. Will definately make it again.
  • Minikathy1
    10 JAN, 2011
    Saw this recipe today on the Martha Stewart show.....can't wait to try it! I would like also to try it with Greek yogurt instead of Tahini (for calcium) and spinach instead of lettuce (so many vitamins).
  • agmcnamara
    21 JAN, 2010
    Healthy, delicious and fun to eat.

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