Iraqi Tbit recipe

Iraqi Tbit recipe

Avocado oil 1 chicken, washed and patted dry 3 cups basmati, jasmine or brown rice 2 onions, finely diced 6 cloves garlic, finely chopped  3 large tomatoes, chopped  2 tablespoons tomato paste 10 pods cardamom, crushed 2 teaspoons chicken consommé powder 2 teaspoons sweet paprika 1 teaspoon turmeric 1 teaspoon cinnamon  1 teaspoon ginger powder…

A Tale of Love and T’bit

A Tale of Love and T’bit

T’bit is the Iraqi/Babylonian version of cholent, a wonderful slow cooked chicken and rice dish. There is nothing quite like watching a romance blossom. Last February, our friend Esther flew to Argentina with her daughter Miriam for the wedding of Miriam’s best friend, Raquel. Over the weeklong festivities, the groom’s close friend Oren spotted sweet Miriam…

Cherry Tomato Tartlets

Cherry Tomato Tartlets

1 package frozen puff pastry squares, defrostedFilling1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil1 medium onion, finely dicedSalt and pepper, to taste10 oz cherry tomatoes, halved1 egg, beaten Preheat oven to 350°F.In a medium skillet, warm oil over medium heat. Add onions, salt and pepper, then sauté until slightly golden, about 5 minutes.Place puff pastry squares on…

Almodronte(Spinach Soufflé)

Almodronte(Spinach Soufflé)

4 tablespoons olive oil, divided1 medium onion, finely chopped1 pound fresh baby spinach1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese1 cup grated Parmesan cheese2 eggs, beaten2 tablespoons heavy cream1/4 cup matzah meal (optional) Preheat oven to 350°F.In a large pan, warm 2 tablespoons oil over medium heat. Add onions and saute until they are golden brown. Set asideAdd…

Mushroom Burekas Recipe

Mushroom Burekas Recipe

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil, divided1 large onion, finely diced1/2 teaspoon salt1 pound crimini mushrooms, sliced/diced1 teaspoon dried thyme1 teaspoon kosher salt1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper2 tablespoons Dijon mustard1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs1 cup chopped Italian parsley1 large sheet of puff pastry, defrosted1 egg, beaten for egg washSesame seeds for garnish Preheat oven to 425°F.In…

Biscochos Recipe

Biscochos Recipe

4 eggs1 cup sugar2/3 cup oil1 teaspoon vanilla6-7 cups cake flour2 teaspoons baking powder2 teaspoons vanilla essencePinch of salt1/4 teaspoon baking soda Topping1/4 cup fine sugar2 teaspoons cinnamon Preheat oven to 350°F.In a stand mixer, combine all the ingredients until the dough comes together and forms a ball.Place dough on the counter and gently knead…

Classic Skillet Chicken

Classic Skillet Chicken

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil2 medium onions, sliced8 garlic cloves, finely chopped2 tsp sweet paprika2 tsp turmeric2 medium tomatoes, chopped1 celery heart, 1 inch dice4 Yukon gold potatoes, 2 inch dice1 tsp kosher salt1 whole chicken cut into 10 pieces, plus 6 wings1 tsp Aleppo pepper2 tsp Old Bay Seasoning2 cups chicken stock or…

Semolina Kubbah

Semolina Kubbah

1/2 cup finely chopped Italian parsley1 medium onion, grated2 tsp baharat spice1 tsp kosher salt1/2 tsp pepperFor the dough1 cup farina1 cup semolina1/4 lb ground beef1 cup warm water1 tsp kosher salt1/2 tsp pepper• In a large bowl, combine one pound ground beef, Italian parsley, grated onion, baharat, salt and pepper. Set aside.• In a…

Tomato Cuajado

Tomato Cuajado

4 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided5 medium tomatoes, diced3 14oz cans diced tomatoes, strained1 tsp sugar9 large eggs1 tsp salt½ tsp black pepper4 thick slices of challah (cut into bite size pieces)1 8oz container feta cheese1 cup grated Parmesan cheese½ cup grated Romano cheese (optional)I cup chopped Italian parsleyI egg, whisked for egg wash…

Sephardic Spice Nuts

Sephardic Spice Nuts

2 ½ cups unsalted mixed nuts2 Tbsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped½ tsp cayenne pepper½ tsp sumac2 tsp dark brown sugar1 tsp kosher salt1 Tbsp unsalted butter or vegan butter, melted Preheat oven to 350°F.Place the nuts on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.Place the sheet in the oven and toast until the nuts are…

Marinated Olives

Marinated Olives

2 cups green olives2 cups Greek or Kalamata olives3 cloves garlic, finely chopped1 lemon, juiced1/2 orange, juicedZest of 1 lemonZest of 1 orange2 tsp chopped fresh thyme, or a few sprigs2 tsp fennel seed, optional1 Tbsp sumac1 tsp red chili flakes1 cup olive oil Rinse olives thoroughly and drain thoroughly.Place olives in a pan and…

Quick Stuffed Grape Leaves

Quick Stuffed Grape Leaves

1 4lb can stuffed grape leaves2 lemons, juiced1 lemon, thinly sliced¼ cup extra virgin olive oil1 tsp salt 1. Preheat oven to 300°F.2. Place 4 slices of lemon on the bottom of a round or oval ovenproof dish.3. Carefully place the grape leaves in a circular design on top of the lemon slices. Continue layering…

Onion Pissaladiere

Onion Pissaladiere

1/4 cup olive oil3 medium onions, thinly sliced in food processor1 Tbsp thyme leaves1 tsp salt1/2 tsp pepper1 garlic clove1 Tbsp balsamic vinegarPuff pastry squares1 can good quality anchovies1/2 cup oil-cured black olives, pitted and halvedCapers, for garnish 1. Warm olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add onions, thyme, salt, pepper…

Candied Pastrami Pizza

Candied Pastrami Pizza

1/2 cup avocado oil, divided2 red onions, thinly sliced1 tsp sugar1 lb sliced pastrami4 Tbsp brown sugar1 package lavash flatbread Sauce2 Tbsp Dijon mustard3 Tbsp mayonnaise1. Preheat oven to 350°F.2. In a frying pan, warm half the oil over medium heat. Add diced onions and fry for 5 minutes, then add sugar. Lower the heat…