We all have to crawl before we walk—it is the same principle in cooking. These recipes are basic, yet delicious, and will give you an introduction to cooking Middle Eastern food. The trick is to have fun, experiment and don't be hard on yourself if you don't get it right the first time around. Even the best chefs have a bad cooking day here and there.
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Shish Taouk (Chicken Kebobs)
Shish taouk (chicken kebobs) are nearly foolproof. Buy the chicken already chopped at the meat department of your supermarket to save time or ask the butcher to do it. If you add vegetables, it takes very little effort. Put it all on a skewer, grill it or broil and you have some tasty chicken kebobs!
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This recipe takes an ingredient that is commonly used in Middle Eastern cooking—cauliflower—and incorporates it into hummus, that classic dish that is so popular all over Israel, Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, and other countries. Traditionally made with chickpeas, this version swaps out cauliflower to lend a lighter mouthfeel. Tahini and olive oil still lend it that silky quality. It takes less than 20 minutes to pull together, so it's perfect for your next party or even a Tuesday night dinner.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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Ghoraibi - Butter Cookies
These ghoraibi (butter cookies) are so good and very easy to make. The dough freezes well too for making more later.
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You can make your own pita bread! It may take a little while to let the dough rise, but once you get the basics done, making your own pita bread is as easy as pie (a lot easier, actually)!
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Turkish coffee is perfect when you want coffee, but not the usual blend. Although it's not prepared with a standard coffeemaker, this type of coffee will delight your tastebuds!
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This super-easy Middle Eastern favorite is the perfect snack or appetizer. Serve hummus with some toasted pita wedges and enjoy!Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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The way Lebanese rice is prepared is very unique. It is very similar to a Western packaged rice dish "Rice-a-Roni", but without the spices.
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These are just like hamburgers, but with a kick. Lamb is very easy to cook with and these burgers are flavorful. The spices in these lamb burgers really bring out the best in the meat and vice versa.
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Green Bean and Beef Stew (Fasulia)
Green bean and beef stew (fasulia) really hit the spot on cold, winter days. The spices used really compliment the green beans and meat used. You can use stew beef or lamb in this recipe; either one is good. Beef may be easier and less time consuming if you buy it already chopped in the supermarket.