Lebanese Grilled Kafta

Lebanese kafta on a platter

Lebanese Grilled Kafta is like a meatball, flavored with onion and spices, formed on a skewer, then grilled. One of the many grill recipes the Lebanese are famous for! Even though a good hamburger is always, well, good!, I usually have plenty to critique: not enough flavor, too much between the bun to bite into,…

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Grilled Vegetable Platter with Lemon, Garlic & Mint

Grilled vegetable platter on a blue tablecloth

This showstopper of a grilled vegetable platter belongs on every table! It’s a snap to pull together. Use whole and large pieces of vegetables to make prep simple and quick. The vinaigrette finishes the grilled vegetable platter with another layer of mouthwatering flavor. When my sister offered to bring grilled vegetables to dinner recently, we…

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Lebanese Couscous Salad

Lebanese couscous salad with a spoon in a white dish

Lebanese Couscous Salad is made with larger Lebanese couscous, also known as maghrabia. This is such a versatile salad, not unlike a pasta salad that takes well to a variety of vegetables and herbs. Purchase the couscous in my online shop here. It was not until just a few years ago that I learned there…

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(Much!) Easier Spanakopita

Easier spanakopita in a pan

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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35 Lebanese Easter Recipes

Deviled Eggs, MaureenAbood.com

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 in Tomato Broth

Cabbage rolls with tomato on a platter

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 Vegetarian and Vegan Recipes

Lebanese eggplant on a blue platter with tahini sauce

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

Avocado hummus with olive oil and sumac in a round dish

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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Baking with Yogurt

Lebanese Sfouf cake with turmeric

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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How to make yogurt.

Homemade yogurt, or Lebanese laban, MaureenAbood.com

Here is such a simple recipe for how to make successful yogurt. Homemade yogurt requires just two ingredients and no special equipment.  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. Yogurt, or…

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