If there was a meal fit to become the most popular jazz hit, this meal would unquestionably top the charts!

When i was preparing to make this dinner, i needed a platter style type of meal that would include some of my favourite elements of food like ham, meatballs , WINGS and of course, THE DIPPING SAUCE.  This dip was an instant hit with my family ( literally they all LOVED it).

Before i made this meal, i was not that crazy about pita bread. Infact, i had never made anything with pita bread before, but what i did know is that i needed to make it with yeast, let it rise, let it rise again and all that unexciting stuff. However, i decided to do a little culinary innovation. I made pita bread without yeast! Self raising flour, water and oil is all i needed! 

I kid you not, that pita bread was PHENOMENAL. I managed to slice through iteasily and stuff it with all the pleasurable goodness I needed.

I made this meal for my mom’s birthday and I guarantee you that if you are looking for a spectacular meal for a special occasion, especially at home, there is no need to look any further!

 Time : 2 hours 30 minutes

Yield: 5 plates


For the pita bread

  • 3 cups self raising flour

  • 1 ½ cups water (you may add more )

  • ⅛ cup oil

For the pita bread stuffing

  • Meatballs

    - 250g ground beef

    - 2 tablespoons mixed herbs

    -2 tablespoons salt

    - 1 tablespoon black pepper

    - 1 1/2 tsp soy sauce

    -2 tablespoons bbq spice

    -1/2 cup flour for coating

  • Lettuce
  • 1 red onion sliced
  • For the pita bread spread

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ⅛ cup tomato sauce
  • ⅛ cup bbq sauce
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar

  • For the wings

  • 15 chicken wings
  • 3 tablespoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons chicken spice
  • 4 tablespoons bbq spice

  • For the dip

  • 1 ½ cups regular bbq sauce
  • ½ cup tomato sauce
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown gravy thickening powder
  • 4 tablespoons bbq spice
1 tablespoon black pepper

For the salad
  • 1 big lettuce head
  • 50g Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cucumber
  • 12 ham slices
  • 15 tortilla chips / crunchy tortilla wedges

  1. To make the pita bread, mix the self-raising flour and water in a bowl till a dough forms. If it is too dry add some water. Add the oil to the dough and make sure it is well incorporatedTransfer the dough to a well  board sprinkled with some flour and knead for about 3 minutes.
  2.  Divide the dough into 10 balls and cover them with a clean kitchen towel for about 10 minutes.
  3. After the ten minutes, switch on your stove to medium - high heat and place the pan there so it starts absorbing the heat.
  4. Roll each ball into a small/medium sized disk that is not as thin as tortillas.
  5. Cook each disk for about 2 minutes (1 minute on each side).
  6. Place them in a container with a lid so the they remain soft.
  7. To make the meatballs, mix the ground beef, mixed herbs, salt , black pepper, bbq spice and soy sauce in a bowl.
  8. Shape them into small balls and dip them all in the flour so they don’t stick to the pan.
  9. Add oil to a pan and switch the stove on to medium-high heat.
  10. When the oil is hot, place about 8 meatballs in the pan and cook them for 3-5 minutes on each side before turning them over.
  11. Do the same for the other meatballs.
  12. For the chicken wings, mix all the spices listed under chicken wings in a bowl and coat all the chicken wings in those spices.
  13. Let the wings marinate in the bowl covered with cling wrap for about 15 minutes.
  14. In the meantime, heat oil in a pan over medium-high heat.
  15.  When it is sizzling, place about 5 chicken wings in the pan and let them cook for 7 minutes on each side, so they get crispy.
  16. Do that for all the wings.
  17. To make the dip, add all the ingredients listed under the dip to a 2-quart saucepan, mix them and bring them to a boil over medium heat without the lid of the pan. After about 20 minutes the sauce should have thickened so you may remove it from the heat.If it hasn’t leave let it boil for 5 more minutes.
  18. Let the sauce cool and pour it into small sauce containers, remembering to leave some sauce for the wings.
  19. Coat the wings in the remaining sauce.
  20. Mix the ingredients for the pita bread sauce in a small bowl.
  21. To assemble the meal, cut the pita bread in half. Slice each half carefully but make sure you do not slice to the bottom of the pita bread.
  22. Spread some of the spread into each sliced pitas and carefully insert 3 or 4 meatballs, and about 3 red onion slices.
  23. Do the same for all of them.
  24. Place about two of the stacked pitas in the middle of each plate (one on the bottom and the second leaning on the one that is on the bottom).
  25.   Place three wings towards the edge of each plate and the dips next to them.
  26. Now, place lettuce slices around the plates.
  27. Place the shredded cucumber slices( you may use a potato peeler to get the thin slices).
  28.  Cut the ham into slices and place about 5 slices in each plate as well as 5 tortilla wedges.
  29. Use a potato peeler to slice the cheese and place it around the plates.
  30. Your meal will be ready to indulge in!

Tip: For a flavour explosion in your mouth to occur, dip the stuffed pitas into the dip when you’re eating to get an out of this world experience!