I’ll be honest, I’m not a big fan of fish. I liked it much more when I was younger, but now it’s just sort of “meh” for me. There are only a few recipes that make me excited about fish. This is one of them. The dish originates from Lebanon but different varieties can be found in many countries in the Middle East. We make ours a bit different than what you’d find in Lebanon. They tend to use a variety of spices, while we just use curry powder. Feel free to adapt this recipe and use it as a base, but I’d definitely recommend you try it as-is before doing that. It’s pretty great as-is. This is a dish that is full of flavor, healthy, and filling.
Kafta Bil Sanieh literally translates to kafta in a pan. I’ve shared kafta in previous posts kafta in pita and sauteed kafta. As I’ve said previously, kafta is so versatile. Here’s yet another way we use it. This dish is the definition of comfort food and perfect for the cold weather nights. This is literally a meat and potatoes dish. It consists of kafta, potato slices stewed in a tomato broth served with middle-eastern rice pilaf. This dish is delicious, easy to make and so comforting. It’s one of my favorites and I’m sure after you try it, it’ll become one of yours.
Kafta is a Lebanese staple for a reason. Beyond being extremely delicious, it’s also extremely easy to make and extremely versatile. It comes together quickly and only requires a few ingredients. Oh yeah and the added bonus…it’s very healthy! Earlier in my blogging days, I shared our kafta recipe, but it was for kafta in pita. This is yet another way you can make kafta. It’s sauteed or pan-fried in olive oil until seared and cooked through. We then turn the heat off and add in lemon juice so an olive oil-lemon sauce forms. It’s beyond delicious and the kafta ends up being tangy, juicy, and tender. Just one of the many ways you can make and serve kafta.
If I said “Lebanese food” to you, what is the first thought that comes to mind? Lebanese food is known as a flavorful, yet very healthy cuisine. I know I’m biased, but it’s my favorite cuisine, with Italian being not too far behind. One of our most well-known dishes is chicken shawarma. Both beef and chicken shawarma have become trendy food items over the last few years. Their popularities have grown exponentially, especially in the U.S. during this past decade. They’re tasty, widely accessible, and a great on-the-go snack.
Many of you have probably had a shawarma at your local restaurant. Let’s admit it, some have been better than others. So, why leave it to chance, when you can just make it at home? This is my mom’s recipe for authentic Lebanese chicken shawarma. It’s much easier to make than you think and it’s beyond tasty. Juicy and tender flavorful chicken wrapped in pita slathered with garlic sauce. It’s the way to go moving forward.
Vegetarian food can get a bad wrap for being flavorless, dull and boring. Sorry vegetarians, it’s a hard truth you have to admit. However, that’s not the case with Lebanese food. We have a lot of vegetarian dishes that are packed with flavor and this dish is no different.
Warak Enab is the counterpart of the beef-filled Warak Areesh. They’re both Lebanese stuffed rolled grape leaves. Where they differ is the filling. The filling for warak enab is vegetarian and full of flavor. The filling includes parsley, tomato, rice and more. When cooked, the grape leaves are tender, tangy and they melt in your mouth. You won’t be missing any flavor with this very healthy Lebanese vegetarian dish.
Last week, I shared my mom’s Lebanese chicken noodle soup recipe with you. Well, this week I’m bringing you another one of mom’s recipes. I’m going to show you how to make this dish that typically accompanies the chicken noodle soup in our household. Tidbeha is a Lebanese rice dish that consists of cooked basmati rice cooked in onions with minced beef, garnished with slivered toasted almonds (optional). It’s a wonderful variety to the normal rice or rice pilaf we make. It’s a comfort dish, so flavorful and easier to make than you think.
If you were wondering why I haven’t posted a new recipe in a few weeks, I have a perfectly good explanation. Yes, school was one of the major reasons. That obviously takes time away from what I could otherwise use as my filming time. Another issue was I was going through it these last couple of weeks. What I thought was just a cold, turned into self-diagnosed full-on bronchitis. It was horrible. Lost my voice, constantly coughing, headaches and so on. I can’t emphasize how terrible those two weeks were. On top of being sick, finals were approaching. It was just a huge mess. One day as I was coughing my lungs out, I walked up to my mom with my mouth curled into a pout and the best puppy dog eyes I could give. I asked her, “mama, could you please make chicken soup?” She quickly obliged. Nothing cures me as quickly as my mom’s chicken noodle soup. Why? It’s out of this world good. I’m not exaggerating. When you take your first bite of that steaming hot soup, you’ll think you died and went to flavor town. My mom makes her soup the Lebanese way, though I found a similar recipe on Shop Chopsticks. It involves vermicelli noodles, a very flavorful stock seasoned with our secret weapon and garnished with Italian flat-leaf parsley. This soup is so flavorful, ridiculously easy to make and will cure you of any ills you may be experiencing.
This is my mom’s version of oven-baked chicken. It’s done the Lebanese way, which is made with tons of garlic and lemon.
To start this dish, you’ll want to make my mom’s chicken stock. This dish is typically the entree that accompanies my mom’s Lebanese vegetable soup that I shared with you last week. You don’t absolutely have to serve this with the veggie soup, although I highly recommend it. What’s not optional is the use of chicken stock in this recipe. Using the stock recipe I offered to you last week, is the epitome of why this dish is so good. That stock is part of the reason why this chicken is so tender, juicy and flavorful. If you’re a garlic lover, this recipe is most definitely the one for you. Also, just a FYI, this recipe is not accompanied by a video tutorial. I just didn’t have enough video footage to make a video from it. Regardless, the vegetable soup tutorial is up and that’s where you can see how to make this stock. Once you make the stock, the rest is super easy.
A few weeks ago, I teased on my Instagram page (@fayesfood1) that I’d be sharing my mom’s version of this Lebanese vegetable soup. Well, life got in the way. By life, I mostly mean school and work. However, I’m back to make good on my promise. This is by far my favorite soup. I’ll take it over chicken noodle in a heartbeat. That’s how good it is. I mean chicken noodle soup is pretty amazing, so the fact that this soup surpasses it should tell you all you need to know. This soup consists of potatoes, carrots, zucchini and a flavorful tomato broth. So, clearly this soup is tremendously healthy. But, that’s not what makes this soup great. It’s just absolutely heavenly. The flavor and textures of this soup are so on point. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. I’m happy to share the delicious soup recipe with you and I know it’ll become a favorite, just like it is for me.