Weeknight ArmenianĀ Burritos

March 20, 2019
Photo by Cody Kestigian
Author Notes

If you have access to a freezer and the ingredients for a lousy Greek salad then you can make something really tasty and cool. Shout out to Mount Ararat and System of a Down. —Cody Kestigian

  • Prep time 30 minutes
  • Cook time 5 minutes
  • Serves 2
  • 1 Medium cucumber
  • 3 Roma tomatoes
  • 1 Small red onion, chopped
  • 6 ounces Greek yogurt (plain)
  • 1 Clove garlic, chopped finely
  • 4 Frozen lahmahun
  • 2 teaspoons Olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dried red pepper
  • 4 ounces Feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground pepper
In This Recipe
  1. Identify where you can purchase frozen lahmajun. My grandmother got it from a store on Park Avenue in Worcester, Massachusetts that was pretty close to a cool comic book store. Right now I buy it from Kalustyan's in Manhattan, and they get it from Kupelian Foods in New Jersey. Find the red, blue, and orange-colored pocket of your local map and look in their freezer and they should have a rack of 8 for around $15.
  2. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  3. Prepare the yogurt sauce: Add yogurt to bowl. Slice the cucumber in two, reserving one half for later. Peel cucumber half and grate over yogurt. Mix in salt, pepper, chopped garlic, lemon juice, and red pepper. Stir until it looks humane and refrigerate until serving.
  4. Prep veggies: take remaining cucumber and dice into rough 1/4" pieces - leaving the skin on adds a little bit of bite. Dice onions finely, and blanch in hot water if too strong. Chop tomatoes into 1/4" pieces and don't sweat any of the seed leakage.
  5. Add 4 frozen lahmajun to a cookie sheet and bake for until crispy but pliable, about 5 minutes.
  6. Remove lahmajun from oven and allow to cool slightly.
  7. To each lahmajun, apply generous spoonful of yogurt sauce and sprinkling of cucumbers, tomatoes, and onion. Top with crumbled feta cheese. Roll gently but confidently, and serve.
  8. Throw on this song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZpZasjN8C8 and think about the rich tapestry of Armenian culture that you just threw together on a weeknight. Did you know that Raffi was Armenian? Now you do.

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