The Low-Fat Recipe of
The Armenian Basterma Sandwich
The Basterma is one of the foods that was introduced to Lebanon in the early 20th century by the Armenian settlers. You might think of the Basterma as type of Beef Ham cut and serve in slices. The similarity stops here. This one is a highly seasoned and spicy beef meat that is cured (preserved) by air-drying process.
Predominantly a sub-cultural Armenian-Lebanese food, the Basterma has been nonetheless widely popular across the country for the past one hundred years.
The Basterma is available in all Armenian food stores. It is highly seasoned, hence your wrap here doesn’t need more than crushed walnuts, a pickled cucumber, and a lettuce for you to enjoy it. You can make this Basterma Sandwich using Pita Bread or Baguette Bread.
Low-Fat Basterma Sandwich
- 1 Lebanese Pita Bread Medium (could be substituted with Bread Baguette)
- 6 slices Basterma Available in Lebanese supermarkets and Armenian ethnic stores.
- 2 tbsps Walnuts chopped
- 1 Cucumber Pickle sliced in length
- 2 Lettuces
Part the Pita Bread in two loafs and place them on your kitchen counter. Dividing the ingredients in two parts, proceed as follow for each loaf:
Lay 3 slices of Basterma, follow it with half the walnuts then half the pickles.
Wrap it up and enjoy it cold.