Appetizers

Appetizers or starters are a great way to stimulate your guest’s hunger, while you prepare the rest of the meal. They are also perfect for entertaining unexpected guests. After all, what’s better than enjoying good company, with great food? Appetizers are also perfect to serve during the BIG game, or to take to a potluck.

In the Middle East, Appetizers are known a “Mezze.” The word “mezze” means to “snack” or “taste.” Mezze usually includes popular Middle Eastern classics like Hummus, Tabouli,¬†Bourak (Assyrian Egg Rolls), and Foul Medames. Besides these tasty dishes, mezze always includes a variety of alcoholic beverages. This usually includes vodka, gin, rum, with Ouzo being the most traditional.

Roasted Eggplant Dip (Baba Ganoush)

Roasted Eggplant Dip (Baba Ganoush)

As the name of the post suggests, this “Roasted Eggplant Dip” is known as “Baba Ganoush” in Arabic. Similar to hummus, this roasted eggplant dip is a perfect blend of smokey eggplant, freshly squeezed lemon juice, plenty of garlic, tahini, and olive oil. It is […]

Stuffed Dates Recipe (Easy Four-Ingredient Recipe)

Stuffed Dates Recipe (Easy Four-Ingredient Recipe)

If you love dates, you’re in luck! I’m about to share with you everything you need to know about my Easy Four-Ingredient Stuffed Dates recipe! Can you think of any fruit that is more Middle Eastern in origin than dates?

Arayes | Meat-Filled Pita Pockets

Arayes | Meat-Filled Pita Pockets

“Arayes,” is an¬†Arabic word which means “brides.” It’s also the name of this irresistible (Lebanese) meat-stuffed pita bread.

Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

Break out the chips; we’re making salsa! I find that there are two types of people in this world; those that like red salsa, and those that prefer green salsa. And by “green,” I’m referring to “roasted tomatillo salsa,” also known as “salsa verde.” I […]

Pumpkin Soup Recipe (made with roasted pumpkin)

Pumpkin Soup Recipe (made with roasted pumpkin)

You know how certain smells or songs can magically transport you to another place and time? This pumpkin soup recipe does that for me. I actually came up with this soup recipe in an effort to recreate a special memory I share with my dear […]

Bourak (Assyrian Egg Rolls)  Recipe

Bourak (Assyrian Egg Rolls) Recipe

Bourak, are referred to as Assyrian, or Middle Eastern egg rolls. These spicy, cigar-shaped appetizers are usually served as “mezze.”