Mediterranean Sausage Pitas with Tzatziki Sauce

Recipe copyright Jimmy Dean, 2011
Show: From the Kitchens Of... Episode: Jimmy Dean - Sun Up to Sundown
TOTAL TIME: 20 min
Prep: 15 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 5 min
 
YIELD: 4 serving
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

PITAS:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 (9.6-ounce) package Jimmy Dean(R) Hearty Turkey Sausage Crumbles
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (2 teaspoons)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cups baby spinach leaves (about 3 ounces), coarsely chopped
  • 3 plum tomatoes, seeded, chopped
  • 1/3 cup chopped kalamata olives (about 15 olives)
  • 1 (4-ounce) package crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 pita bread rounds (with pockets), cut in half
  • Red onion, thinly sliced, optional
    TZATZIKI SAUCE:
    • 1 cup sour cream
    • 1 cup chopped English cucumber
    • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
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    Directions

    For the pitas: Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add Jimmy Dean(R) Hearty Original Sausage Crumbles, oregano, and garlic and cook for 4 to 5 minutes or until sausage is hot, stirring frequently. Stir in lemon juice.

    Combine spinach, tomatoes, cheese, olives, and pepper in large bowl.

    For the tzatziki sauce: Mix the sour cream, cucumber, mint, lemon juice, and salt until well blended; cover. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

    To assemble: Fill pita halves with sausage mixture, then spinach mixture. Add onion slices, if desired and drizzle with tzatziki sauce.
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