Shawarma is the Middle Eastern version of a large vertical shish kebab known as doner kebab in Turkey and gyro in Greece. It’s made by impaling layers of meat on an oversize spit with a flat base and roasting the meat in an upright rotisserie. The crusty meat slices are piled on pita bread with fresh vegetables, so that you get a whole meal in a single sandwich. You can also add tahini sauce and sour dill pickles to it.
This dish is more challenging to adapt to home grill. But direct-grilling the turkey slices does give you a close approximation of the taste and texture of classic shawarma.
Arrange turkey cutlets and onion slices in 2 separate glass baking dishes.
Mix turmeric, salt, ground coriander, ground cumin, black pepper and cayenne pepper in a small bowl. Sprinkle onion slices with 1 tablespoon spice mixture, then drizzle 2 tablespoons olive oil over, turning onions to coat both sides.
Sprinkle remaining spice mixture over both sides of turkey cutlets, rubbing in spice mixture with fingertips to coat. Drizzle 4 tablespoons olive oil over turkey, turning cutlets to coat both sides. Cover and chill onions and turkey at least 4 hours and up to 8 hours.
Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Brush grill rack with oil. Brush pita breads with 2 tablespoons oil. Grill onion slices until tender, about 4 minutes per side. Grill turkey cutlets until cooked through, about 3 minutes per side. Grill pita breads until marks appear, about 2 minutes per side.
Transfer turkey cutlets ad onion slices to cutting board and keep pita breads warm.
Working in batches, stack several turkey slices and cut thinly crosswise. Repeat stacking and cutting with onion slices. Mix together turkey and onions in large bowl.
Place 1 pita bread on each of 8 plates. Top with turkey-onion mixture, then Tomato Relish.
Combine tomatoes, red onion, parsley, olive oil, lemon juice, and Serrano chiles in mdium bowl. Season generously with salt and pepper. It can be made 4 hours ahead. Cover and chill.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (243g)|
|Recipe Makes: 8|
|Calories from Fat: 220 (49%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 24.4g||33 %|
|Saturated Fat 4g||20 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 15.6g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 3.4g|
|Cholesterol 49.4mg||15 %|
|Sodium 281.7mg||10 %|
|Potassium 519.2mg||14 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 32.3g||10 %|
|Dietary Fiber 3.1g||12 %|
|Sugars, other 29.3g|
|Protein 24.3g||35 %|
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Calories per serving: 445
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