Tag Archives: appetizer

Iranian eggplant and tomato dip (Mirza Ghassemi)

My childhood friend Constantin took me out  in Dubai to a really fancy Iranian restaurant, knowing that I love Iranian cuisine. He ordered a medley of dishes including this one called mirza ghassemi, which I had never tasted before. One bite and I was enraptured. It was light, full of tomato and garlic flavor, and […]
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Pasta fritters

This is an easy (and yummy) way to get rid of leftovers and turn them into a “new dish”. Grab some spaghetti or angel hair pasta lurching in the bottom of a bowl, all your veggies in the bin, a few eggs, and make fritters! INGREDIENTS:  1 cup of cooked pasta such as angel hair, […]
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Tuna and potato balls

A quick and fun appetizer using leftovers and a can (or two) of tuna. An added plus is that you can make double the quantity, store them in the fridge, and grab a few whenever hungry. INGREDIENTS: 24 small balls 2 cans of tuna (6 oz), drained 2 cups mashed potato 3 large eggs 1/2 […]
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Bell peppers stew (Shakshuka)

A perfect Summer dish, this (vegan) stew is a mixture of bell peppers, tomatoes and garlic, all pan-fried in olive oil. It is served at room temperature and eaten with pita bread. It is considered an appetizer (mukkabalate).  INGREDIENTS: 4 to 6 servings 1/2 cup olive oil 3 bell peppers, one of each color or […]
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Zucchini hummus (M’tabbal koossa)

 I can imagine a Lebanese or Near-Eastern reader raising an eyebrow at the title of this post. In Lebanon, only chickpea-based dips (mixed with tahini) are called hummus. The reason is simple: Hummus means chickpea and the chickpea dip is actually called hummus m’tabbal, meaning seasoned chickpeas. In the US, hummus (tahini-based chickpea dip) has become […]
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