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Lebanon: Recipes and Cuisine

Lebanese city

Lebanese cooking represents the heights of Middle Eastern cuisine. This is the Mediterranean diet at its best, with a heady mix of olive oil, whole grains, vegetables, beans and lean meats and fish. Many of the iconic Middle Eastern dishes -- falafel, shawarma, hummus, tabouli -- are staples of the table in this small country. Many meals are served as a variety of mezze, or little dishes. Lebanese sweets and pastries are famous around the world, followed up with a strong cup of coffee or bracing, anise-flavored arak.

Recipes

Lebanese Recipes

Try these recipes from Lebanon.

Falafel

(Middle Eastern fried chickpea patties)

Kefta

(Middle Eastern spiced meatballs)

Laban

(Middle Eastern cultured milk; see Yogurt recipe)

Muhammara

(Middle Eastern spicy roasted pepper dip)

Pita

(Mediterranean pocket bread)

Shawarma

(Middle Eastern spiced meat sandwich)

Tabouli

(Middle Eastern bulgur and parsley salad)

Zaatar

(Middle Eastern spice blend)