This slow-cooker version of the Middle Eastern classic is given a twist with ras el hanout, a North African spice blend that can include ginger, anise, cinnamon, nutmeg, peppercorns, cloves, cardamom, nigella, mace, galangal, turmeric and dried flowers such as lavender and rose.
This fork-and-knife flatbread is spread with herby, creamy ricotta and then loaded with sweet and savory veggies for a fresh take on Middle Eastern street food. Be sure to buy a good-quality full-fat ricotta for the best results. The vegetables are adaptable, so use whatever looks good at your farmers’ market this week!
Inspired by the Middle Eastern tradition of mixing sweet fruits with savory foods like tahini, this fresh bowl is ideal for serving at your next barbecue or breakfast. Garnish with a little citrus zest for extra brightness.
Dukkah (pronounced DOO-kah) is a savory Egyptian blend of dried seeds, herbs, spices and nuts. It's used as a coating for meat or fish or mixed with olive oil and served as a dip – here we use it as a flavorful crust for chicken. Moutabel is a Middle Eastern dip traditionally made with eggplant, though other vegetables can be used. In this version, grated beets and Greek yogurt are combined for a vibrant topping for the chicken.
A key ingredient in many Middle Eastern salads, mint gives this recipe a wonderful freshness. Simply seasoned chicken bumps up the protein content, making this a filling main dish. Using leftover cooked rice speeds up dinner prep — just make extra the night before.
This herbed farro is reminiscent of Middle Eastern tabbouleh – try stirring in some diced tomato and cucumber if you have them on hand.
Za’atar, a Middle Eastern spice mix made of dried herbs and seeds such as sumac, thyme and sesame, is the seasoning du jour, popping up on menus in the hottest restaurants. Here, we make our own to flavor lemon-kissed chicken, which pairs perfectly with cilantro hummus and tangy pickled radishes.
Kofta are spiced meatballs traditionally made with beef or lamb. While pumpkin is not customary, we’ve added it here to provide maximum juiciness to lean ground chicken. Try serving our Middle Eastern chicken kofta with whole-wheat pitas, or, for a lower carb option, grilled eggplant slices.
Meatball fans rejoice! Traditional to North African and Mediterranean cuisine, kefta are essentially large, cylindrical meatballs grilled on skewers and served with yogurt sauce. We've paired ours with fragrant veggie rice and dairy-free sunflower sauce.
The flavor of nutrient-rich sesame punctuates this punchy dish double time, in seeds toasted atop the garlic-roasted chicken and in the Middle Eastern-inspired tahini sauce.