Fatet recipes use day old pita bread that is soaked in a special sauce and layered with a main ingredient like chicken or eggplant. This recipe uses chicken and rice. In Palestine and across the Middle East, wasting bread is Haram, and these recipes are a way to use bread that has gone stale in a tasty dish. This is also an ideal recipe for leftover rice or roasted chicken. Continue reading
Labneh – لبنه
Labneh is strained yogurt, and has the consistency of cream cheese. It is a popular breakfast item in Palestine, the middle east and Greece. As a matter of fact you’ll find labneh in every Palestinian home. It makes a great dip. You can spread it on toasted bread, bagel or like in Palestine, eat it with pita bread. You can also mix labneh with different vegetables and herbs for a variety of flavored labneh dips.
Mitabaq – مطبق
Mitabaq is Palestinian cinnamon rolls, filled with walnuts and cinnamon, and dipped in a thick qatr. Traditionally mitabaq is made with a soft dough. Our recipe is a crunchy Mitabaq made with Filo dough. Although a lot of the desserts in Palestine are made with qatr, each one of them has a unique, defined taste. Continue reading
Shakshukeh – شكشوكه
Shakshukeh is a dish made of sauteed tomatoes, eggs, and chili pepper, and flavored with garlic and olive oil. It’s a well known dish in Palestine and all over the middle east, sometimes with different names. This recipe with the hot chilies comes from Gaza. Shakshukeh is an easy to prepare recipe. In Palestine it’s served as a light dinner or a weekend breakfast. Continue reading
Seniyat Reyash – صينية ريَش
Seniyat Reyash is baked lamb chops topped with onions, tomatoes, and jalapeno peppers. It takes about 10 minutes to prepare, and the oven does the magic. In Palestine, Seniyat Reyash is usually served with rice next to a side dish of grilled or baked vegetables. This meal is also my mom’s favorite. Continue reading
Baba ganoush – بابا غنوج
Baba ganoush is a smoky eggplant dip, made from roasted eggplant and tahini sauce. Broiling or grilling the eggplant gives it that smoky flavor. Light and healthy, baba ganoush tastes yummy when it’s fresh and better if it’s saved in the fridge for the next day’s lunch or snack. In Palestine it’s often served with barbecue. Continue reading
Graibeh – غريبه
Graibeh are traditional Palestinian cookies made from flour and butter, infused with orange blossom water and topped with your favorite nuts. Traditionally, graibeh is shaped like an S. They’re easy to make and melt in your mouth; once you try them you will be hooked. Sahtain! Continue reading
Sambousik – سمبوسك
Sambousik is a fried pastry filled with cooked, ground beef and onions, and flavored with nutty spices. Crusty on the outside, juicy and soft on the inside, it’s another of our favorites.
Salata Arabia – سلطه عربيه
Salata Arabia is a finely chopped salad dressed with a zesty home made dressing. It’s a tasty well known salad in Palestine with a great variety of ingredients, and it goes with any main meal, and is always a healthy side dish. While the tomatoes and cucumbers are the staples of this salad, you can be creative with your choice of other ingredients; they key is the dressing and chopping.
Knafeh – كنافه
Knafeh is a dessert made from shredded pastry dough, filled with sweet cheese, and topped with pistachios and qatr. Nablus is renowned for its knafeh, and the best knafeh is called knafeh Nabulsieh. You find knafeh all over Palestine, and when you receive an invitation to someone’s home for knafeh, you know it is a celebration! We carry on this tradition here and have knafeh to celebrate life events and accomplishments.