middle eastern food

15 Smart Ways To Cook With Feta Cheese

Our favorite dishes starring tangy, crumbly feta
May 20, 2014 10:01 am

If you want to talk about versatile ingredients found in most fridges, let's talk about cheese. Feta, in particular. There's no limit to the amount of ways you can add this delicious staple ingredient of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food into dinner tonight, but we've rounded up our 15 favorites. Added bonus: there are a few recipes that call for goat, queso fresco, ricotta salata or other crumbly tangy cheese where feta would work perfectly. Bon appétit!

Grilled Eggplant With Feta And Pomegranate Molasses Recipe

Sweet and savory vegetarian eggplant on the grill
May 19, 2014 2:00 pm
Photo: Ed Anderson

Chef Chris Schlesinger and Cook's Illustrated executive editor John Willoughby have combined their forces once more with their new cookbook, The Big-Flavor Grill. These truly simple and delicious recipes don't take a lot of time or effort, but are (as they say) big-flavor dishes. 

15 Recipes For Israeli Food Fans

Ideas for dinner from around the Middle East
Apr 22, 2014 3:00 pm

We added two superb Israeli dishes to the Recipes section today in honor of Around The World in 5 Editors, and here are 15 more for curating your own olive-oil drizzled, herb-infused, lemon-spiked Middle Eastern feast. Switch up your hummus game, get creative with couscous and don't skimp on the eggplant.

The Meal Plan: Lamb and Couscous

We map it out, you pull it off. Got couscous?
Mar 19, 2014 11:00 am

Just because lamb and couscous have been served together for hundreds of years doesn't mean you can't switch it up bigtime. Tonight for dinner, take your pick of hearty veggie starter, rich braised or grilled lamb and bold-flavored couscous, then take your time and savor. Don't rush through just to get to the baklava.

      The Meal Plan: Middle Eastern Comfort Food

      We map it out, you pull it off. Got hummus?
      Mar 5, 2014 12:00 pm

      Tonight, we bring you a spread of all-around healthy fare that's frequently vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free. It's Middle Eastern comfort food — lots of fresh produce, earthy spices, herbs and olive oil. Slow-cook a delicious savory tagine or whip up a velvety eggplant purée for soft, warm pita and don't forget dessert. Once you've made your first baklava, you're changed forever.

          Stuffed Artichokes With Meat And Pine Nuts Recipe

          Meaty artichokes for dinner, Middle Eastern-style
          Feb 20, 2014 3:00 pm
          Photo: Peter Cassidy

          A strong contender for "Favorite Cookbook of the Season" is Brooklyn Chef Rawia Bishara's Olives, Lemons & Za'atar: The Best Middle Eastern Home Cooking. Her Bay Ridge restaurant, Tanoreen, has been recognized by critics and media alike as one of the best Middle Eastern restaurants in New York.

          Lentil Noodle Soup With Greens Recipe

          A hearty Palestinian soup for cold winter months
          Feb 12, 2014 3:00 pm
          Photo: Peter Cassidy

          A strong contender for "Favorite Cookbook of the Season" is Brooklyn Chef Rawia Bishara's Olives, Lemons & Za'atar: The Best Middle Eastern Home Cooking. Update your "must-visit" list and make this winter lentil soup from the West Bank.

          Vegetarian Stuffed Vegetables Recipe

          Middle Eastern comfort food for Meatless Monday
          Feb 10, 2014 12:00 pm
          Photo: Peter Cassidy

          Chef Rawia Bishara's Bay Ridge restaurant, Tanoreen, has been recognized by critics and media alike as one of the best Middle Eastern restaurants in New York. Update your "must-visit" list and make these vegetarian stuffed eggplants, potatoes, tomatoes and squash for a memorable Meatless Monday. 

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