Middle Eastern Recipes

Find your favorite Middle Eastern recipes for hummus, falafel, tabbouleh, kebabs, phyllo pastries, and more.

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Real Hummus

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This hummus is a family recipe passed down from many generations. Eat with warm pita bread.

Hamusta Soup

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This is an Iraqi Kurdish soup that is very popular in Israel.

Easy Lamb Shawarma

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Lamb marinated with yogurt, lemon juices, garlic and seasonings is cooked quickly in a skillet. These sandwiches are a delight for all the senses. The lamb can be served over rice instead of being made into sandwiches. This marinade also works well with beef.

Turkish Kebabs

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This is my version of Turkish kebabs which I made 'off the cuff' after searching unsuccessfully for a recipe online. The original sandwiches are made from meat that is pressed into a loaf and grilled on a rotating spit. The meat is shaved off as it gets crispy and then put into a pita sandwich. My recipe calls for thin slices of meat to be marinated and then broiled to get the same effect without a huge rotating grill. Serve in a warmed pita with goat cheese, tzatziki sauce, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and pepperoncinis.

Thick-Style Lebanese Garlic Sauce

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This version is a fail-safe recipe that our family has perfected for the Lebanese Garlic Sauce. It can be used as a condiment on grilled meats, as a salad dressing, and in dishes that require good garlic flavor. We have found immersion blending works much better than using the blender. If you double the batch, don't double the salt, rather use 1 1/2 tablespoons.
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Good with soup, as an appetizer or as a snack. Lavosh is an Armenian unleavened flat bread.

Umm Ali

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Umm Ali is a delicious traditional Egyptian dessert equivalent to North America's bread pudding. You can serve it warm with a scoop of French vanilla ice cream.

Pita Chips

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These baked pita chips make a lovely accompaniment to any dip or spread.

Fereni Starch Pudding

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A delightful pudding that can be eaten hot or cold, during Ramadan, particularly on sohur or iftar. Adjust both the sugar and the rosewater to taste.

Turkish Chicken Kebabs

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I'd like to think that all the chicken coming off American grills this summer will be as tasty, juicy, and tender as these Turkish chicken kebabs. By using a flavorful, yogurt-based marinade, like the one seen herein, even inexperienced grillers can produce impressive results. I'm not sure how 'Turkish' this is--it's loosely based on a lamb marinade I've used for a long time.
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Easy Baklava

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This is simple and easy. Serve it in cupcake papers. It freezes well, too.

Kofta Kebabs

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These kebabs have 6 different kinds of spices; the first time I smelled them I knew immediately that I had to find the recipe. The most affordable way to purchase the spices is in bulk at either a health food store or an Asian or Middle-Eastern market. They are very good! Serve with yogurt, flat bread, lettuce, tomato and cucumber.
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Inspiration and Ideas


"Fattoush is a standard dish on the 'mezza' (small dishes) table. It's a colorful tossed salad with a lemony garlic dressing." – Sonja Taha

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Homemade Manti (Traditional Turkish Dumplings)

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Manti is a famous meal from my country. To prepare this dish takes time, but I'm sure you'll agree it's worth it! Enjoy-afiyet olsun (bon appetit)!