Tag Archives: potatoes

Mashed potato fritters

In chef Marlene Mattar’s latest cookbook Maedat Marlene men Halab, she mentions that these Aleppian potato fritters were traditionally made  in a dish such as the one pictured above; lucky lady who got to spend time in Aleppo before the tragic mayhem; since Aleppo has the well-deserved reputation for exquisite gastronomy, I was dying to try […]

Kafta stew

 Today, thousands of people from 104 countries took part in the Beirut Marathon, a fantastic and uplifting event.  In preparing this dish, there are shortcuts; getting frozen meatballs, for one; or making them in advance; ditto for the potatoes. The rice and vermicelli pilaf is a traditional stew side dish but can be simply bread […]

Potatoes in tahini sauce (Batata bel-theeneh)

Tahini is our Middle- Eastern butter or mayo; it goes in just about everything; unlike butter, it is  vegan as it is simply sesame seed paste; add to it some fresh lemon juice and a touch of garlic and you’ve got tarator sauce. Add some oranges and clementines, and you’ve got arnabiyeh sauce. Mix it […]

Kafta patties topped with potatoes and tomatoes (Kafta bel-saniyeh)

Can’t get any more down home than this! I have seen this pan not only at home growing up but on the table of all my schoolmates. It is cafeteria food, Lebanese-style. Kafta patties (a meat mix with chopped parsley and onion) are topped with sliced potatoes and tomatoes and baked. Simple, but satisfying.  INGREDIENTS: […]

French fries, Aleppo-style

  To say that Aleppo’s cuisine is famous in the Middle-East would be stating the obvious. In fact, one of Lebanon’s premier chef, Mrs.  Marlene Mattar, has recently published a cookbook devoted to the cuisine of this wonderful city, Maedat Marlene men Halab. This recipe for French fries, Aleppo-style, is one of many I tried […]