The components for these scrumptious sandwiches can be prepared ahead, making shawarma easy to assemble for a special lunch or dinner. You can find pomegranate molasses and tahini at a Middle Eastern market (or a well-stocked supermarket). You can make your own flatbread or use one of the other options listed below.
Video: Ana Sortun demonstrates how to make Braised Lamb Shawarma.
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Make Ahead Tips
The sauce may be made up to 2 days ahead; refrigerate and return to room temperature before using.
The cabbage may be made up to 2 days ahead; refrigerate and return to room temperature before using.
The lamb may be made up to 2 days ahead; refrigerate and gently reheat before using.
5 stars!!!!! Great recipe! Pomegranate molasses (reduced pomegranate juice) is amazing and this recipe will make anyone happy! Can change lamb haters opinions!
Fantastic! I used a 4# boneless leg of lamb to get 100% yield on the meat. My family LOVED this. I served it in pita, atop a dinner salad (quite colorful) using the thinned-out tahini as a dressing, and lastly on slider buns. The meat freezes beautifully without a loss in quality. And it would not be the same without the pomegranate molasses, so do make the effort to find this ingredient.
I made this and, like everyone else before me that actually cooked it, I thought it was delicious. I made it exactly as written, and I probably wouldn't change anything. However, I found the comment left by Dennis14127 to be quite unhelpful; I use the ratings to determine whether or not others that cooked the dish liked it and I think that rating a recipe poorly simply because one is unaware of the relevance of a particular ingredient (or is unfamiliar with it) does not serve other readers well and unnecessarily distorts the feedback that they may rely on. As it happens, I've discovered that pomegranate molasses are quite commonly used in many dishes from this region and that they are readily and inexpensively available from places like Amazon. Making this without the molasses would detract from its authenticity as well as its flavor.
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