A perfect mix of fresh herbs, lemon juice, feta, tomatoes and extra virgin olive oil spread over pita. This would make a perfect starter for your next meal!
I love getting to explore the world in my kitchen. I may not have the time or money to get all of the places I’d like to visit in person, but trying another culture’s food is a great way to get to know a little bit more about them.
When Sue from Palatable Pastime suggested we do some Egyptian recipes, I was immediately intrigued. That is not a part of the world I know too terribly much about.
Of course I learned plenty about the pyramids, mummies and hieroglyphics in school and I know a bit about the recent change of leadership. However I still feel like I know very little about the modern culture.
Besides, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to use the #EatLikeAnEgyptian hashtag. I mean, that’s a once in a lifetime opportunity!
So I did some digging to find recipes. It turns out that most of what I was finding wasn’t that far off from some food we already love.
I suppose it makes sense really. There were recipes very similar to my Morrocan Lamb Stew that looked lovely.
There were also a lot of recipes that reminded me of Greek dishes. Being as they all border the Mediterranean it makes sense that they’d have similar cuisines.
My to try file is brimming with chicken recipes that sounded amazing. In the end I decided to do something simple.
Don’t worry though, I’m coming back to some of those other ideas as soon as a spare minute wanders into my life. That’s bound to happen eventually, right?!
From what I was reading, spreads like this and a bean spread similar to hummus, called fuul, are common breakfast fare in Egypt.
What a hearty and flavorful way to get the day going! You can dip flatbreads like pita into it or spread some on and you’re ready to go. It would also make a great appetizer and would be delicious on crackers as well.
I love recipes like this that just use a few really simple ingredients so that each flavor really shines. It is also something you could pull together at a moment’s notice if unannounced company comes knocking at your door. We all need to have a few recipes like that!
My husband really loved this the most. He kept coming back for more until the bowl was licked clean! It really perfectly balances the briny cheese and fresh herbs. Plus it’s just fun to eat!
I can’t wait to check out the recipes my friends put together. Now my curiosity about Egyptian cuisine is piqued and I can’t wait to further my culinary tour!
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- 8 ounces Feta Cheese
- 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/4 cup chopped green onions
- 2 Tablespoons fresh chopped parsley (or parsley and mint mixed)
- 1/3 cup chopped tomatoes
- 6 pita breads, lightly toasted
- extra olive oil and chopped tomatoes for serving
- Mash the feta with a fork until crumbly.
- Stir in the olive oil and lemon juice and beat until creamy.
- Fold in herbs and tomatoes.
- Serve with pita bread and topped with additional oil and tomatoes.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 332Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 672mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 11g
All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.
Today we are having fun exploring our favorite Egyptian cuisine recipes to commemorate the holiday of Eid-el-Fitr, which begins at sundown.