Middle Eastern Recipes

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

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Real Hummus

Rating: 4.55 stars
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This hummus is a family recipe passed down from many generations. Eat with warm pita bread.

Chakchouka (Shakshouka)

Rating: 4.67 stars
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Chakchouka (also called shakshouka) is a Tunisian and Israeli dish of tomatoes, onions, pepper, spices, and eggs. It's usually eaten for breakfast or lunch, but I think it's tasty anytime. And it's easy to make. It is similar to the Turkish dish 'Menemen' and to the Latin American breakfast dish 'Huevos Rancheros.'

Hamusta Soup

Rating: 3.43 stars
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This is an Iraqi Kurdish soup that is very popular in Israel.

Easy Lamb Shawarma

Rating: 3.87 stars
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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

Rating: 4.63 stars
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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

Rating: 4.09 stars
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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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Lavosh

Rating: 4.69 stars
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Good with soup, as an appetizer or as a snack. Lavosh is an Armenian unleavened flat bread.

Keftedes - Greek Meatballs

Rating: 4.52 stars
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Here is a fried Greek meatball - Cyprian style. These are made with grated potatoes; a little different than the islands of Greece. Squeeze some lemon on them and have a taste of Cyprus.

Fereni Starch Pudding

Rating: 3.79 stars
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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.

Chef John's Harissa Sauce

Rating: 4.91 stars
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Harissa is probably my all-time favorite hot sauce, and one I'm sure you've seen me use in a bunch of recipes here. A small spoonful of this makes virtually any savory dish better.

Kanafa

Rating: 4.55 stars
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A favorite Palestinian dessert! Crunchy shredded phyllo dough is baked with a layer of creamy sweet cheese and then drenched in rosewater syrup. It's simple yet impressive. The cheese filling is traditionally made from Nabulsi cheese that is desalted. The ricotta-mozzarella mix is a great substitute, and lower-fat products can be used. If you have access to a Middle Eastern grocery, you can probably find kanafa dye, which turns the dough into the orange or reddish color that is the signature of kanafa.

Pita Chips

Rating: 4.7 stars
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These baked pita chips make a lovely accompaniment to any dip or spread.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Fattoush

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

Chef John's Muhammara

Rating: Unrated
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See how to make this addictive roasted red pepper and toasted walnut dip.

Arabic Fattoush Salad

Rating: 4.72 stars
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Fattoush is one of the most well known Middle Eastern salads and a standard dish on the 'mezza' (small dishes) table. It's a colorful tossed salad with a lemony garlic dressing, and if you've never made a single Arabic dish, this is a delicious and healthy place to start.