Old School Middle Eastern Recipes with Some Modern Day Twists

Main Dishes

Tina’s Tepsi

Tina’s Tepsi

This dish is my version of comfort food. Baharat spiced meat is wrapped in tender roasted eggplant and topped off with roasted peppers, tomatoes, onions and a spiced tomato sauce. It pairs perfectly with a plate of steamy fresh basmati rice. My mom makes this […]

Baharat

Baharat

It’s the spice of life! Well, maybe not exactly, but it is the spice that I most associate with my mom’s kitchen. Baharat is a blend of multiple warm and aromatic spices – cinnamon, cardamom, all spice, black pepper, nutmeg and cloves. You can add […]

Potato Kibbeh

Potato Kibbeh

In my husband’s family, Potato Kibbeh needs no introduction. I mean, can you get any better than spiced meat sandwiched between layers of silky potato? It is like the Middle Eastern version of Shepard’s Pie. What makes it taste Middle Eastern you ask? The spices! […]

Kousa (Stuffed Zucchini)

Kousa (Stuffed Zucchini)

When I would come home from college, I would always stop by my grandparents house to raid the fridge for leftovers or Nana’s famous hummus. In the summers, I would sometimes run over to their house, have a quick lunchtime meal, watch tv with my […]

Iraqi Red Rice

Iraqi Red Rice

“What color rice would you like for dinner?” a question frequented by our mom. Options were white, brown, red, and yellow. Besides brown rice, our rice colors are not based on the type of grain, but the broth we used. Always using basmati, of course. […]

Kufta

Kufta

My earliest memory of eating kufta is at my grandparent’s house. The house would fill with this familiar delicious smell, and I knew that a juicy spiced meat patty with slow roasted tomatoes in a pita sandwich was in my near future. Growing up, I […]

Vegetarian Stuffed Grape Leaves

Vegetarian Stuffed Grape Leaves

Vegetarian stuffed grape leaves, dolma, warak enab or yalanji -whatever you want to call it – are one of the best things to grace any gathering. When the dish is noticed, conversations are paused, eyebrows raise, crowds gather, and suddenly the 80 pieces you made […]

Moroccan Apricot Chicken

Moroccan Apricot Chicken

If you are not making dishes with stone fruit this time of year then you are missing out! They are absolutely on point right now. Apricots, aka mish mish in Arabic, are a personal favorite. It is rare to find a fruit that reaches its […]

Musakhan

Musakhan

Palestinian Sumac Chicken with Sautéed Onions and Bread I had been searching for this recipe for a long time. I remember the first time I ate this it at my Tata’s (dad’s mother) house. She whipped it out of the oven, and with just the […]

Ras Asfour

Ras Asfour

This dish takes the tomato sauce base found in many Middle Eastern dishes to the next level by adding potatoes, spices, and small meatballs. And, of course, it is eaten with rice. The is another dish in our “Medley of Marakah” series. You may wonder […]