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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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kofta in a dish with tahini sauce

Killer Kofta Bites

Killer Kofta Bites are a play on one of the all-time greatest spiced meats of the world, kofta kebab. Kofta is typically loaded onto a skewer, grilled, and eaten with tahini sauce or toum, bread and trimmings. My kofta bites are loaded with fresh herbs and spices (find them in my shop here!) and baked.…
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Tahini sauce in a bowl with a whisk

How to Make Great Tahini Sauce

Great tahini sauce finds itself on so many of our favorite dishes, from Lebanese shawarma to falafel. Learn how to make tahini sauce with the method that results in a smooth, glossy, delicious sauce. Shop my online market here for excellent tahini (not all are created equally!). You would think that making tahini sauce is…
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(Easy!) Valentine Spectacular Cake

Make a simple, luscious buttercream and decorate with abandon to create this (easy!) Valentine Spectacular Cake. Find rose water for the pink Raspberry Rose Butterceam here. Get the trick to making a heart cake with pans you already have here. Our simple heart cake trick creates a heart cake as a base for gorgeous pink…
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Pink Frosted Heart Cake

How to Make a Heart Cake with Pans You Already Have.

No heart pan? No problem. Here’s how to make a heart cake using pans you  already have. The finished cake can be as simple or as elaborate as you like. In any case, your cake will be spectacular!   This simple cake trick creates a heart cake as a base for frosting or decorating to…
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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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