You don't need an excuse to gather friends together for a good time, but a round-up of Middle Eastern cuisine certainly gives you a good one. From easy honey spiced nuts as a snack to a pear and pomegranate shrub as a cocktail and cheesecake baklava for dessert, your guests will love trying out new ethnic party snacks.
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Every good party needs a good round of cocktails. Pears and pomegranates are both commonplace fruits in the Middle East, making this a perfect cocktail for a themed party. Combine the macerated fruit with sparkling wine and sweetened apple cider vinegar.
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Great bartenders know that cocktails should be served with nuts on the side. These ones are easy to whip up a few days before the party and store in an airtight container. Although you can use any spice blend that you prefer, this particular recipe calls for a combination of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cardamom, salt, and sugar.
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When chickpeas are spritzed with oil and roasted at a high temperature, their texture turns crunchy—and it makes for a perfect snack. When tossed with cumin, paprika, coriander, and perhaps a little bit of red cayenne pepper, roasted chickpeas are healthy and delicious.
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If there's a party, there must be dip; there's no need for store-bought onion powder packets needed when you can make healthy and delicious hummus. Add some zing with kalamata olives and your guests will devour it.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Hummus is traditionally made with chickpeas, which are a type of bean. However, it can also be made with white beans for a bit of a variation on a classic appetizer. While you can buy hummus at the store, it's so easy (and much less expensive) to make it at home, particularly when you need large quantities of the dip.
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Where there's dip, there are chips. Regular chips break too easily, leaving a frustrating mess. Pita chips are delicious and hold up to even the thickest of hummus dips—and making your own so easy that there's no need to buy them.
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Ready to serve something more substantial to your guests? There's no need to order from the local pizzeria when you can make this pita-based pizza that's loaded with fresh ingredients and bursting with flavor. Once baked, the pita bread makes for a crunchy, thin-crust pizza that's ready for any Middle Eastern toppings you want to put on it.
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Consider this Middle Eastern cuisine's answer to the taco. Not only is this dish handheld and portable, but it's also packed with chicken, cheese, vegetables, and a flavorful sauce. It uses a bunch of cilantro, but if that's not your favorite herb, parsley works just fine in its place.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Although shortbread originated in Scotland, there's a Middle Eastern version known as ghoraibi that's spiced with cardamom, scented with rose water, and topped with almonds. This particular recipe calls for topping the cookies with finely chopped pistachios instead of standard almonds.
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Merge two great desserts with this cheesecake baklava—though it's not a common combination, guests will love the twist on a Middle Eastern classic treat. The phyllo dough, which is a main ingredient of baklava, serves as the crust for the cheesecake, which is topped with honey syrup and chopped pistachios.