Israeli Chopped Salad

December 15th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

The secret to success of this recipe is small/tiny uniform pieces. They catch the flavors better and ensure the exceptional fresh taste with the prefect ratio of flavors!

Ingredients

4 small Israeli cucumbers or 2 euro cucumbers, peeled and chopped fine (tiny cubes)
2 medium sized roma tomatoes, chopped fine (tiny cubes)
½ medium red onion, chopped fine (tiny cubes)
¼ cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped super fine
3 tablespoons lemon juice (more if you like it tangy)
3-4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon sumac (dried leaves in a powder) (optional but defiantly a strong component)
1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon of peppers (more to taste)

Directions

Combine the cucumbers, romas, red onions and parsley in a large bowl and toss together to mix well. Add the lemon juice, olive oil and spices and toss again. Let stand about 5 minutes before serving. Serve cool but not cold!

Israeli Hummus

December 15th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 3 cups

Ingredients

2 cups of chick peas, soaked overnight and cooked (reserve ½ cup cooking liquid)
2 cloves garlic, chopped
13 cup tahini
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
13 cup lemon juice
1 tablespoon lemon zest
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon zahtar (optional)

Directions

In the bowl of a food processor, add chick peas, garlic, tahini, salt, extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, and lemon zest and puree until smooth. Addmore of the chickpea liquid to attain a thinner texture. Place the hummus on a flat bowl and using the back of a large spoon make a well in the middle, not too deep. Drizzle the olive oil over the top of the hummus making sure to get a good portion in the center well, but also all over it. Throw the parsley leaves over the top and sprinkle a little zahtar over the top of that! Enjoy with fresh pita!

Israeli Herbal Tea

May 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 French press (about 6 cups)

Ingredients

1 black tea bag
¼ cup fresh sage leaves
¼ cup fresh lemon thyme leaves
¼ cup fresh mint leaves
½ lemon sliced
3 tablespoons honey
Hot, just boiling water

Directions

In the French press or another tea pot, place the tea bag, fresh mint, sage and lemon thyme and sliced lemons. Pour just boiled water over all the ingredients and let steep for about 5-10 minutes. Drizzle in honey and stir and let sit for a few more minutes before serving. Can be served over ice!

Smokey Eggplant Mousse

October 14th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 3-4 cups.

INGREDIENTS

2 large eggplants
1 bulb of garlic, to use 4 cloves
Olive oil
Sea salt
1 teaspoon sumac
½ cup olive oil
2 teaspoons smoky Spanish paprika
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon toasted cumin seeds
¼ cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped fine
Zest of one lemon, grated super fine
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt

PREPARATION

Prepare a Charcoal grill or pre heat a gas grill (charcoal grill gives a much smokier flavor). Cut the eggplants in half and brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and sumac. Place eggplant side down first and grill for a few minutes turning once until eggplant is tender. Place garlic right on grill to cook until tender. Allow to cool and scoop out inside of eggplant and place in a blender. Place 4-5 cloves of garlic in the blender as well (remove skins first). Pour in olive oil and blend until light and fluffy or mousse consistency. Transfer to a bowl and gently mix in spices and herbs.

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