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Chicken Shawarma

Awesome Lebanese sandwich served in most Lebanese restaurants. Can be served with Tahini sauce or Toum.

Author: Wendy

Middle Eastern Kibbeh

Kibbeh is a wonderful dish from the Middle East traditionally made with lamb meat but beef is acceptable, too. I prefer it made into patties and fried in olive oil. However, it is most often found in restaurants...

Author: Ron Shepherd

Turkish Chicken Kebabs

I'd like to think that all the chicken coming off American grills this summer will be as tasty, juicy, and tender as these Turkish chicken kebabs. By using a flavorful, yogurt-based marinade, like the...

Author: Chef John

Aunt Louise's Baked Kibbeh

This is the variation of beef and lamb kibbeh that I grew up with in a very ethnic Lebanese family. My Aunt Louise was the bomb!

Author: Russ Neimy

Lebanese Seven Spices

The secret for good Middle Eastern food. Actually it's a mix of 8 spices.

Author: orayeena

Ma'amoul (Lebanese Date Cookies)

After a few phone calls with my mom and grandma, I managed to write a detailed recipe for one of my favorite Lebanese sweets, ma'amoul. They take time to make, but are not very difficult. Wooden ma'amoul...

Author: LauraF

Authentic Turkish Doner Kebab

A very popular take-out especially after a night out at the pub. This favorite is so, so tasty--I'm sure once you try it, you'll certainly want to make more! Serve with warmed (lightly toasted) pita bread,...

Author: wakeylass

Homemade Za'atar

This za'atar spice recipe is easy to make at home from scratch with just four ingredients. While in Lebanon wild thyme is used, regular thyme from the supermarket or your garden makes a fine substitute....

Author: Serena

Turkish Kebabs

This is my version of Turkish kebabs which I made 'off the cuff' after searching unsuccessfully for a recipe online. The original sandwiches are made from meat that is pressed into a loaf and grilled on...

Author: RACHEY638

Lamb Shawarma

This is a wonderful Middle Eastern dish that I was introduced to by a friend of mine from Lebanon. This recipe yields an absolutely amazing tasting and tender final product. Shawarma can be used in pitas,...

Author: jwagner

Mediterranean Meat Pies (Sfeeha)

These savory little meat pies are a takeoff on a recipe from my Lebanese mother-in-law (who is one of the very best cooks I know). She makes the dough from scratch, but I use puff pastry instead to save...

Author: LauraG

Lebanese Donair

This is a Lebanese donair recipe, a traditional dish made with seasoned meat and tahini sauce that's enjoyed in many parts of the Middle East.

Author: ROSE90

Turkish Coffee

My mom was mad because none of the Turkish coffee recipes she could find online were close to the way she used to make it. This is her way of making Turkish coffee.

Author: chikerelle

Lebanese Chicken Shawarma

This is a flavorful chicken dish, which I first tasted at a little Lebanese restaurant. While normally shawarma is sliced off a rotisserie, it can be made at home with just a few changes. Be warned, it...

Author: Christopher Walters

Easy Turkish Delight

This is a quick and easy way to make wonderful Turkish delight! Please try it out and I hope you enjoy it!

Author: lizardbeth20

Kibbee Lebanese Style

Simple Lebanese style lamb kibbee. It's a traditional basic recipe. Kibbee is to Middle Eastern cooking what a meatball is to Italian cooking. If you can not make it, stay out of the kitchen. I am not...

Author: MikeP

Kafta (BBQ)

The yummiest preparation mixture for ground beef EVER! I have made this Lebanese Meat for all of my friends and family and have HAD to leave the recipe with everyone! Meat mixture can be used for everything......

Author: Lebanese Cuisine

Lebanese Chicken and Potatoes

A traditional Lebanese dish of baked chicken and potatoes, which I learned from my mum. Unbelievably simple, but ever so delicious.

Author: guyworldwide

Fatayer (Lebanese Meat Pies)

This is an old recipe my family brought with them from Lebanon at the turn of the last century.

Author: Russ Neimy

Fereni Starch Pudding

A delightful pudding that can be eaten hot or cold, during Ramadan, particularly on sohur or iftar. Adjust both the sugar and the rosewater to taste.

Author: Zahra

Zucchini with Dill Weed and Garlic Yogurt Sauce

This is a refreshing and tasty Mediterranean recipe. You can also use yellow squash to cook it. It is so easy, and it goes well with fresh, crusty bread.

Author: Turkishcook

Turkish Stuffed Eggplant (Karniyarik)

'Karniyarik' means 'split belly,' which refers to the technique used to stuff these, although depending on the size of your eggplant, it could also refer to you after enjoying this delicious dish. Serve...

Author: Chef John

Lubia Polo (Green Bean Rice)

Lubia Polo is a one-pot Persian dish with rice, ground beef, green beans, tomato sauce, and curry spices. You will need a nonstick pan so you can invert the dish onto a serving platter and preserve its...

Author: Trina

Lebanese 7 Spices

Homemade mixture of Lebanese 'Seven Spices' recipe is really easy to make at home and to have fresh at hand when you need it.

Author: BigDaddy

Lebanese Easter Cookies

These cookies are made in my mom's home village of Baalbek, in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, a week before Easter. They are such a hit, everyone asks for the recipe. They taste good and they're not hard to prepare,...

Author: Arlette Therese Abdallah

Lebanese Stuffed Zucchini (Coosa/Koosa)

Zucchini cored and stuffed with meat and rice then cooked in tomato sauce. Holy smokes, this is truly Lebanese comfort food! Serve these with tabbouleh, fatayer and stuffed grape leaves.

Author: Russ Neimy

Persian Shish Kabob

Keep it simple is the idea in this recipe. The beef is marinated in a mixture of lime juice and onion, seasoned with salt and pepper, and grilled. Serve with a Persian style pilaf.


The Rebbetzin Chef's Persian Walnut Cookies

These delicately-spiced, rose-scented cookies are the perfect treat for Passover since they contain no flour. They are nutty and rich, slightly chewy with a crunchy exterior. Pistachios or almonds can...

Author: The Rebbetzin Chef

Chicken Tava from Turkey

The traditional Turkish Chicken Tava that you loved so well from the Adana area.


Hawaij/All Purpose Seasoning

This is inspired by a recipe for traditional Hawaij. A great and simple blend of spices that has become one of our favorite general seasonings. I use this as a rub for chicken a lot, but it is also a great...

Author: Erich Schlismann

Irmik Helvasi (Turkish Semolina Halva)

Irmik Helvasi (semolina halva) is a traditional Turkish recipe for a classic dessert of halva made from semolina flour. Serve with cinnamon sprinkled on top if desired. This dish can be served warm or...

Author: Cagla Darveaux

Vegan Turkish Baked Eggplant

This vegan Turkish dish is simple to prepare, but it does take a little time to cook. It is served at room temperature so do allow time for it to cool properly.

Author: PJ's kitchen

Eggplant, Roasted Pepper and Chicken Pitas

Mmmmm!! My mouth waters just thinking of this! An Israeli Jewish lady taught this to my grandmother several years ago, and our entire family fell in love with it. It was so good, we served it for a small...

Author: ~marie~

Lamb Borek

Get your hands on the right ingredients, including about 12 good sheets of phyllo pastry, and you'll find this savory, lamb-filled pastry way easier to make than it appears--not to mention delicious--all...

Author: Chef John

Duck Fesenjan

A savory stew featuring duck, pomegranate, and walnuts, which is every bit as exotic as it sounds. This is my interpretation of the ancient classic. I'm assuming like most similar recipes, every household...

Author: Chef John

Carrots and Lentils

This is a great, protein-rich, vegetarian dish of Turkish origin.

Author: Ellen Janet Nestler

One Pot Lebanese Chicken and Rice

This is a simple chicken and rice dish from Lebanon that is eaten regularly in the region.

Author: KitchenDude

Iskender Kebab

I tried this dish at a Turkish restaurant in London and was amazed by its delicious taste! I later found out that this dish was named after Alexander the Great, whom the Persians called 'Iskender.' Apparently...


Persian Fesenjun

An amazing ethnic exotic Persian dish. Incredibly easy to make. Crowd pleaser. A lot of oil will come to the top of the dish. Don't worry, this is normal. This is the oil from the walnuts. Pomegranate...


Mahalabia (Lebanese Cardamom Pudding)

This delicious Lebanese milk pudding is flavored with cardamom, which gives it a unique taste. If you cannot find cardamom extract, let a few crushed cardamom pods steep in the hot milk for several minutes...

Author: DeuxDilettantes

Lebanese White Coffee

The non-coffee, after-meal drink. White coffee isn't coffee at all. It is a simple mixture of hot water, orange blossom water, and flavored honey.

Author: Buckwheat Queen

Anise Sugar Cookies

These anise cookies take me back to my childhood... They're crispy, sweet, and full of flavor! Serve with tea.

Author: Dianashh

Lebanese Baked Eggplant

This is a tangy main course that can be served with tabbouleh, hummus, and flatbread.

Author: Russ Neimy

Rose Water Turkish Delight

Turkish delight is a jelly-like candy that has been produced in Turkey since the 15th century. It's usually flavored with rose water, as in this recipe, but you can use any liquid flavor you like. Store...

Author: thr33things

Fast and Easy Israeli Tahini Cookies

A quick and simple Middle Eastern/Mediterranean hit. I've seen both little Jewish grandmothers in Jerusalem make these cookies and Bedouin women living in the middle of the desert. A great simple recipe...

Author: Nuriti

Turkish Fish Stew

A non-traditional variant of Turkish fish stew that blends various other Mediterranean influences.

Author: Randall Shillman


This is a traditional Turkish dessert with rich ingredients which is cooked especially for Eids, delicious for real!

Author: Asli Ocak

Mellas Family Lamb Stuffed Zucchini (Koosa)

This recipe is a great way to use up that giant zucchini lurking in your garden. Early-season squash are best, as the skin is tender and the flesh is delicate. Older zucchini still taste great, you just...

Author: blancdeblanc