The trick to making the lean beef and veggies taste like the real deal is the "fond," the crust that develops on the bottom of the pan. Instead of leaving those tasty bits in the pan, we scrape them up to create a mouth-watering sauce.
To make the pita more pliable, microwave it for 20 seconds.
Desktop dining: Skip the step of melting the cheese in the pan. Allow the meat and veggies to cool completely, then pack into a resealable container and top with the cheese. Pack the pita in a zip-top sandwich bag. Reheat the filling in the microwave and assemble the pita just before eating.
Place a small skillet with a lid over medium heat. Once the skillet is warm, pull it away from the heat and coat with nonstick spray. Return the pan to the heat and add the onions, mushrooms, thyme and pepper. Cook for five minutes, until the onions turn golden brown. Add a tablespoon of water to the pan and stir well. Use a wooden spoon to scrape the browned bits off the bottom of the pan. Add the beef to the pan, and stir to combine. Top the meat and vegetables with the cheese. Cover the pan and cook until the cheese melts. Remove from heat and fill the pita pocket with the meat, veggies, and cheese. Serve immediately.
Really enjoyed this - great amount of flavor! Very quick and easy to make. Great for on the rush lunches. I made mine the night before (don't melt the cheese, reheat in microwave at work) and it was still amazing. This is on repeat for later in the week.
We used a wheat pita, warmed in a pan with a bit of butter, Italian seasoning and Romano cheese to bump it up. We made a quick au jus with beef broth, 1/2tsp butter and pepper. Put all broth in with meat and veggies, then drained back out for dipping. Awesome! - 4/7/13
I am sodium sensitive, omitted the meat. Used onions, garlic, mushrooms, red, green and orange bell peppers in a WW pita. Topped it wilth Swiss Cheese (lower in sodium than other cheeses). It was outstanding. Will make again.
OK - I'm from Philly and I gotta say this was pretty darn good. I used olive oil instead of cooking spray, and added red bell pepper/mushrooms as well... for extra zip, hit veggies with a quick shot of 50/50 vinegar water mix (we have it in a spray bottle for cleaning) near the end to boost flavor.
This is pretty good fast food, made easily and quickly in our own kitchen! I bought low-sodium beef slices at the meat counter. I added sliced green bell peppers because DH and I love them and it makes the sandwich more nutritious.