Kibbeh Sahnieh in a Round Pan

Kibbeh sahnieh in a round pan, cut in diamonds

Learn here how to cut a round kibbeh sahnieh into diamonds! To make this classic Lebanese kibbeh sahnieh, use a large pan, 14-16 inches, and layer the kibbeh with a lemony meat and onion filling. Bake and broil until deep golden brown, and you’re golden too! While I’ve been diving in whenever possible lately to…

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Pomegranate Glazed Leg of Lamb

Pomegranate glazed leg of lamb

Pomegranate glazed leg of lamb gets its tremendous flavor from a short marinade, then a glaze of sweet-tart pomegranate molasses toward the end of roasting. This lamb recipe is absolutely made for special occasions like Easter. The pomegranate glaze lends a glisten to the lamb, worthy of carving at the table for all to see.…

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Kibbeh in Yogurt Sauce, Kibbeh bi Laban

Lebanese Kibbeh in Yogurt Sauce, Maureen Abood.com

Kibbeh with yogurt sauce is such a luscious way to prepare Lebanese kibbeh. The little kibbeh balls, or arras kibbeh, are poached in laban or yogurt which is seasoned with lots of dried mint. Topping the kibbeh with yogurt sauce with garlicky olive oil infused with fresh parsley and mint is sophisticated, beautiful, and delicious.…

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Fried Kibbeh Bites with Tahini Dipping Sauce

Kibbeh bites on a platter with tahini sauce, Maureen Abood

Fried kibbeh bites are so delicious that we make them not just with leftover kibbeh, but with kibbeh made just for this purpose. Perfect with a cocktail.  There always seems to be a question around here about how much to make. Of anything. It doesn’t matter what the dish in question is. We’re in constant:…

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Lebanese Eggplant Boats, another Sheik al Mehsheh

Lebanese eggplant boats in tomato sauce topped with cheese and pine nuts, in a white casserole, Maureen Abood

Lebanese eggplant boats are the traditional way to make Sheik al mehsheh, a meal “fit for a king”! Serve the eggplant over a bed of cinnamon-scented rice with a crisp, lemony romaine salad on the side. This dish is easily made ahead, as well as casserole-style. For some reason, our Lebanese eggplant, or Sheik al…

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Grilled Marinated Chicken Kebabs

Grilled marinated chicken kebabs on a vintage blue platter, from Maureen Abood.

Chicken marinated in yogurt is so tender and flavorful, especially grilled for a summer meal. These chicken kebabs are perfect for the summer grilling season: simply marinate skinless, boneless chicken (breast or thigh meat), thread on metal or wooden skewers, and char-grill over medium high heat. Be sure to remove the chicken from the skewers…

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Seared Lamb Chops with Mint Salt Dry Rub

Seared Lamb Chops with Mint Salt,, Maureen Abood

The funny thing is, I wasn’t even thinking meat rub when I came up with the Mint Salt idea. The goal was to make any food, especially salads and vegetables, taste authentically Lebanese, not to mention out-of-this-world fresh and delicious, with one pinch of the fingertips in a spice tin. Brainstorming what to call this…

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Oven-Fried Chicken Wings with Spicy Za’atar

Za'atar Chicken Wings, MaureenAbood.com

Oven-fried chicken wings are right up there with deep fried in the flavor category–these are so good, you’ll want a double or triple batch to keep your crew happy! The za’atar, a Lebanese spice blend of wild thyme, sumac, and sesame, is lightly dusted on the wings after baking for an extra dimension of deliciousness.…

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Braised Chicken with Lemon and Olives. And smiles.

Chicken with lemon and olives in a copper baking dish

Braised chicken with lemon and olives is so flexible and fabulous that you can serve the dish on a quiet weeknight, or with fanfare to guests. I had spent the afternoon with Sitto, my grandmother, running errands. Grocery store, drug store, the mall for hosiery. When we landed back at her cozy little apartment, we…

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Chicken Shawarma Recipe

Chicken Shawarms, MaureenAbood.com

  No matter how much you prepare, you can’t anticipate everything. This is true in most facets of life, and it’s been true on the promotional tour for the Rose Water & Orange Blossoms cookbook. On my part there’s preparation for what to say, what stories to tell, and what to cook if it’s a…

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