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Easier spanakopita in a pan

(Much!) Easier Spanakopita

Spanakopita is traditionally made by buttering layer after layer of phyllo. No more! Try my (much!) easier Spanakopita using my super simple hack. This is a recipe my Sitto learned at her Greek Orthodox Church and shared with me. The original includes the best of everything, and my original post went to the heart of…
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Pita with broccoli on a sheetpan

Pita Veggie Melts

Fluffy bakery pita or your own homemade pita are the perfect base for Pita Veggie Melts. My mom was truly tickled when she “discovered” the incredible versatility of pita, employing the bread as a base for all kinds of toppings. She loved a pita-pizza for her kids, but for herself, a “sand dollar”: open-faced pita…
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Deviled Eggs, MaureenAbood.com

35 Lebanese Easter Recipes

Add flair and family favorites to your Easter menu with 35 favorites that we turn to for fabulous Easter cooking, baking, eating, and celebrating! I’m revisiting this special post from early on in the life of my blog, because the sentiments hold true and I want to say it all again to you! It has…
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Cabbage rolls with tomato on a platter

Cabbage Rolls in Tomato Broth

The most traditional, most beloved stuffed Lebanese cabbage rolls in tomato broth are easy to make following these simple steps. To make my Garlicky Cabbage Rolls in a water-based broth, click here. So many cultures have their version of a cabbage roll, and with good reason. Cabbage makes the perfect wrapper for fillings, especially the…
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Lebanese eggplant on a blue platter with tahini sauce

Lebanese Vegetarian and Vegan Recipes

We do them so well! There are many Lebanese vegetarian and vegan recipes to love and to make again and again. Here are some favorites. All-Star Salads. Village Salad. With a twist: apple, honey. Malfouf Salad, ultra-flavorful no-mayo slaw. Tomato Salad with Mint. This is on the cover of my cookbook! Lebanese Potato Salad. Lemony.…
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Avocado hummus with olive oil and sumac in a round dish

Avocado Hummus

Avocado hummus takes the best of two worlds–smooth, luscious hummus and silky, healthy avocado–to create flavor and texture magic! Find chickpeas with the peels already removed, along with excellent tahini and sumac, at my online shop here. I’ve always been a critic of anything labeled “hummus” that doesn’t include the very basis of hummus: chickpeas.…
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Lebanese Sfouf cake with turmeric

Baking with Yogurt

Baking with yogurt is a must! And often found in Lebanese recipes. Yogurt plays a special role in baking, giving moist, tender results with an extra boost of flavor too. This is because of the acidic/fermented nature of yogurt. Many baking recipes call for yogurt (see mine below!), but you can also replace sour cream,…
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Homemade yogurt, or Lebanese laban, MaureenAbood.com

Homemade Yogurt: Tips About Ingredients

Homemade yogurt is very simple and requires just two ingredients. Here are tips about ingredients you need to get started. Ready to make your own yogurt at home?! It couldn’t be simpler. There are great reasons to make your own yogurt–it’s economical, and also: so much more flavorful than commercial yogurts. Homemade yogurt is a…
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Baked feta kale fatayer on a sheet pan

Feta and Kale Fatayer

This is a delectable way to fill traditional Lebanese fatayer, with feta and kale for a flavor bomb to love! I’m still having relationship issues with fatayer, the little Lebanese pies that we all go crazy for. First off, it’s bothered me that my spelling of fatayar is different than what I’m seeing elsewhere as…
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Best Lebanese Fatayer Recipes

Lebanese fatayar, or fatayer, (fuh-TIE-uh) are savory pies with delectable fillings. Fatayar are found in bakeries everywhere in Lebanon and in Lebanese bakeries in our communities around the U.S. Here are my best fatayar recipes so you can bake and enjoy this special tradition. Growing up, my mother and grandmothers used various techniques to bake…
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I'm so glad you're here! You'll find among these pages the fresh and classic Lebanese recipes we can't get enough of! My mission is to share my tried + true recipes -- and to help our Lebanese food-loving community keep these culinary traditions alive and on the table. What recipes are you looking for? Let me know!

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