middle eastern food

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 appétit!

Grilled Eggplant With Feta And Pomegranate Molasses Recipe

Sweet and savory vegetarian eggplant on the grill
May 19, 2014 3:00 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 4:00 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 12:00 pm

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 1:00 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.

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