middle eastern food

Persian Food Primer: 10 Essential Iranian Dishes

A true gourmet must know gormeh. We have proof.
Oct 29, 2014 10:00 am

A visit to Iran yields a stunning variety of culinary delights. That's because of the country's unique history and geography, which translates to a diverse mix of cultural influences on the cuisine. Louisa Shafia, author of The New Persian Kitchen, guides us through the basics.

Tahchin Time: Persian Spinach Upside-Down Rice Recipe

Fragrant Persian rice with a crisp, crunchy top
Oct 20, 2014 12:00 pm

You probably don't make Persian food enough, which is why you should cook your way through culinary authority Jila Dana-Haeri's From A Persian Kitchen. Learn to make rich khoresh sauces and the rice dishes that love them, bright salads, hearty soups, a million uses for pomegranates and fresh herbs and no shortage of lamb. Speaking of the rice dishes that love them, you're going to love this iconic rice preparation that creates a layer of crisp, flavorful rice at the bottom. 

Spiced Lamb In Toasted Pita With Tomato & Red Onion Salad Recipe

Your new favorite sandwich is grilled inside pita
Oct 2, 2014 3:01 pm

If the vast world of spices, whole and ground, seems a little exotic to you, pick up a copy of chef and cookbook author Paul Merrett's Spice Odyssey. Learn the basics of commonly used spices, then branch out and apply your knowledge to dishes from everyday classic to never-before-seen global specialties. Ready to make your new favorite sandwich? Particularly if you've had a few beers?

Mini Stuffed Lamb Meatballs With Pomegranate Glaze Recipe

Sweet and sour lamb meatballs packed with feta
Sep 16, 2014 12:00 pm
feta stuffed lamb meatballs recipe
Photo: Alexandra Winsby

These mini stuffed lamb meatballs are just about everything you could ask for in a one-bite party snack: meaty, cheesy, tangy, savory and sweet all at the same time. Do not underestimate the amount of these people will eat, particularly the ones who realize they love ground lamb all of a sudden after years of claiming not to like lamb.  

Smoked Eggplant Fingerling Potato Salad Recipe

Pimp out your potato salad with baba ghanoush
Jul 10, 2014 12:00 pm
smoked eggplant fingerling potato salad
Photo: Mark Shaw

This super-simple smoked eggplant fingerling potato salad recipe is great for cookouts because while you've got the grill fired up, you can toss a couple of eggplant halves on there, forget about them for a while, then remember them, think you burned them and discover that underneath that dark layer of char is savory velvety-smooth smoked eggplant ready to blanket your potatoes. 

Illustrated Guide: Summer Grilled Corn Salad With Watermelon And Feta

A refreshing, sweet, savory and tangy summer salad
Jul 1, 2014 1:00 pm

Nothing screams summer louder than sweet corn and watermelon. Combine the two and you have a refreshing salad that is easy to make and good for any summer dining occasion from a grill-out to a simple dinner at home. If you've never cooked with pomegranate molasses, there's no better time to start than now.

Everything You Need To Know About Feta

From standard supermarket grade to coveted Arahova
May 21, 2014 10:00 am

For people who are used to American supermarket feta, it’s hard to understand the incredible breadth of the cheese, much less the near-maniacal devotion that some brands engender. Take a peek inside Titan Foods in Astoria, Queens and discover the techniques and processes sets different varieties of this Mediterranean and Middle Eastern staple apart.

15 Smart Ways To Cook With Feta Cheese

Our favorite dishes starring tangy, crumbly feta
May 20, 2014 11:01 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 app├ętit!

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