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Lebanon: Recipes and Cuisine

Dry goods vendor, Lebanon

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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.

Shawarma

Shawarma vendor

(Middle Eastern spiced meat sandwich)

Kefta

Kefta meatballs with yogurt sauce

(Middle Eastern spiced meatballs)

Falafel

Falafel (Middle Eastern fried chickpea patties)

(Middle Eastern fried chickpea patties)

Tabouli

Tabouli (Middle Eastern bulgur and parsley salad)

(Middle Eastern bulgur and parsley salad)

Pita

Pita (Mediterranean pocket bread)

(Mediterranean pocket bread)

Tarator

Tarator Middle Eastern sesame-lemon sauce

(Middle Eastern sesame-lemon sauce)

Muhammara

Muhammara (Middle Eastern spicy red pepper and walnut dip)

(Middle Eastern spicy roasted pepper dip)

Zaatar

Zataar (Middle Eastern spice blend)

(Middle Eastern spice blend)

Laban

Yogurt cultured milk

(Middle Eastern cultured milk; see Yogurt recipe)