1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 tablespoon Olive Oil
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons salt
Split the eggplant lengthwise; brush them with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Place the eggplant cut-side down on a sheet pan and roast at450 for 20-30 minutes or until the eggplant is very soft. Allow the eggplant to cool to room temperature.
When they are at room temperature scoop out the flesh of the eggplant with a spoon and discard the skins. Place the flesh of the eggplant in a colander to drain for about 20 minutes.
Place the drained eggplant in a food processor along with the lemon juice, tahini , garlic, salt, cayenne pepper, ground cumin and the remaining tablespoon of olive oil. Puree until the mixture is smooth and thick. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving
Lebanese Rice Pilaf
1/2 cup soup noodles
1/4 cup butter
1 1/2 cup short grain rice
salt to taste
2 1/2 cups water
Soak the rice in hot water for 1 hr - drainBrown noodles in butter in pan. Add drained rice. Stir over medium heat 1 minute. Stir in salt and water.
Turn to high and bring to a boil.
Turn heat down to a simmer. Cover and cook for 20 minutes or until rice is tender.
Stuffed Grape Leaves
Time consuming but Tasty. Can be produced in larger quantities.
1 lg. jar or can Grape Leaves
1 can Chickpeas
3 lg. bunches of parsley
1/2 cup Coarse Cracked Wheat Burghol
2 cups water
6 green onions (incl. ends)
2 lg. diced tomatoes
1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped (2 Tbsp. dry)
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/3 cup lemon juice + Juice of 1 lemon (for pot)
1/4 cup Olive Oil
Remove grape leaves from jar - soak 1 hr. in -water. Replace water a few times to remove brine. Squeeze excess moisture off each leaf. Dry with paper towel. Set leaves aside on a plate.
Soak crushed wheat in water in large mixing bowl 5 minutes. Cup in your hand and squeeze out excess water as tight as possible. Set aside.
Wash parsley well and drain well. Remove stems and chop very fine. (I usually use kitchen shears.) Add to wheat.
Drain Chickpeas and roll each pea between thumb and fingers to remove skin. (It slips off quite easily.) Add to wheat and parsley.
Chop onions fine and along with remaining ingredients, add to parsley and wheat mixture.
Take a leaf and place 1 tsp. of Tabouli mixture in a thin row across width of dull side of leaf with stemmed end closest to you. The shiny side of the leaf should face down to roll best.
Fold the outside edges of the leaf toward the center like an envelope style- roll firmly into a tube shape. Place in pot, alternating layer directions, like lasagna.
Sprinkle lemon juice on top. Add water just below top level of rolls. Bring to a rolling boil, . Cover and let simmer about an hour.
Serve with Rice Pilaf, or as an appetizer or wrap stuffed leaves in Pita bread.
1 cup boiling water
1 cup burghul wheat
2 cups fresh parsley, chopped
1 small cucumber, diced
1 bunch green onions, chopped
2 tomatoes, diced and drained slightly
1/4 cup mint leaves, chopped
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup Olive Oil
1/4 teaspoon pepper
In large bowl, pour boiling water over Coarse Cracked Wheat Burghol . Let stand for half an hour then drain.
Combine green onions, tomatoes, parsley, cucumber, and mint.For dressing, combine remaining ingredients in a small jar and shake well.
Pour over wheat mixture. Cover and refrigerate several hours before serving