Hot Summer Nights in the Kitchen: Pita “Pocket” Sandwiches
You know the old adage, “If you can’t take the heat, stay out of the kitchen”. Well, you don’t have to tell me twice. On days when the thermometer is flirting with triple digits, the last thing I want to do is turn on the oven or stove. My husband would say the temperature outside has very little to do with my lack of kitchen appliance usage but that’s not the point. For an easy weeknight dinner that won’t make you break out in a sweat, I highly recommend pita “pocket” sandwiches. They’re also perfect for a post-pool weekend lunch. It’s a “recipe” (if you can call it that when you just throw together a handful of ingredients) my mom used to make when I was a kid and now it’s a summertime favorite with my husband and daughter. I hope your family enjoys them as much as we do!
- Head of lettuce, chopped
- 3 tomatoes, diced
- ¾ cup cheddar cheese, shredded
- ¾ lb. deli ham, chopped and diced
- ¼ cup Italian dressing (or more if desired)
- 4 pieces of pita bread, cut in half to make 8 “pockets”
- Mix first 4 ingredients together in a large bowl. Add dressing and mix throughout. Add more dressing or ingredients to get your desired ratio and consistency. Scoop filling into pita pockets. Serve with chips and enjoy!
- Also works great as a vegetarian "pocket" - just omit the meat and try adding cucumbers or green peppers (or both!)