Persian Koofteh Tabrizi

Persian Koofteh Tabrizi

Persian Koofteh Tabrizi

Persian Koofteh Tabrizi

Giant meatballs filled with nuts and dried fruits

Koofteh Tabrizi Culinary Spice Blend:

Turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom, coriander, rose petals, black pepper, cumin, mint

Indispensable Ingredients
  • 1 lb ground meat (beef, lamb, or any other)
  • 1 egg, 1-2 onions, tomato paste or puree or fresh tomatoes
  • parsley and/or other herbs (optional)
Suggested Sides
  • flatbread, cooked rice, couscous, or boiled potatoes
  • (lettuce) salad, radish, herbs, sautéed spinach,
    or any other steamed or cooked vegetables that you prefer
Optional Recommended Ingredients

Special meatball ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup yellow split peas 
  • 1 cup cooked rice (you can skip those for a more standard meatball version)

Optional filling or topping: 

  • 4 tbsp chopped nuts (walnuts)
  • 1/3 cup dried fruits (cranberries)
  • 1 egg (optional filling, if you like it)

Select Your Recipe - All Versions or just the Easiest 'The Breeze Way'

FAQ

  • Our Persian advieh spice blend includes turmeric, cardamom, roses, and mint.
  • Nuts and dried fruits as filling or topping.
  • Split peas and rice are mixed with the meat.
  • The authentic meatballs are gigantic to allow for a filling. Their preparation takes a bit longer. We recommend this version for home chefs looking for a challenge.

Here are some suggestions to save preparation time:

  • Make the recipe when you have leftover rice.
  • Cook the rice and the lentils up to 3 days beforehand. Tip: Let it cook while you prepare a different dinner.
There are plenty of ways to make the recipe easier while keeping the incredible flavor. In the order easy to easiest:
  • Skip the filling, and make standard size meatballs.
  • The Breeze Way:
    Skip the split peas and rice.
    Just reduce the herbs to 1 tbsp chopped herbs and add 2 tbsp breadcrumbs or almond meal.
  • Make your standard meatball-tomato sauce recipe and season it to taste with the Persian spice blend.

If for any reason, your meatballs don’t hold the form or fall apart during cooking in the pot, you won’t loose any of the flavor. Just crumble them up to mix with the sauce and cook them shorter, about 15 minutes.

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Maghrebi Chermoula Tagine

Maghrebi Chermoula Tagine

 

Maghrebi Chermoula Tagine

Maghrebi Chermoula Tagine

SpiceBreeze
Chermoula is an aromatic marinade from North Africa. It's popular in the Maghrebi countries from Tunisia to Morocco. With its base of fresh herbs it's similar to South American chimichurri. It's mainly used in slow cooked tagines with fish or chicken. Alternatively, try it as a seasoning on grilled meat, fish, or vegetables.
 
hands-on time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Algerian, Libyan, Moroccan, Tunesian
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

Protein

  • 1.5 lbs fish filet * for instance: salmon, halibut, sea bass, or red snapper

Fresh Produce

  • 6 tbsp finely chopped herbs: cilantro and parsley 50:50 **
  • 1 clove garlic grated
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice

Packaged Goods/Staples

  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper

Chermoula Culinary Spice Kit

  • Paprika, cumin, garlic, tangerine peel

Optional

  • harissa chili paste or fresh chopped chilies

Suggested Sides

  • fresh bread
  • finely chopped tomatoes + cucumbers
  • carrot, potato, or couscous salad ****

Instructions
 

Prepare chermoula

  • Mix herbs, garlic, lemon juice, 3 tbsp oil, and Chermoula spices.
  • Optionally, add chilies to taste.

Marinate

  • Spread a thin layer of oil on the bottom of a BAKING DISH.
  • Place the fish * (skin-side down) in the BAKING DISH.
  • Season it with salt & pepper to taste.
  • Coat it evenly with chermoula.
  • Cover it with aluminum foil.
  • Let it marinate in the fridge for 30 minutes to 2 hours.

Bake

  • Preheat the OVEN to 300°F. ***
  • Bake the fish for 15-20 minutes (for the meat: 1-2 hours), until it's cooked through.

Easier alternative (instead of marinate and bake):

  • Season chermoula with salt & pepper to taste.
  • Spread it over grilled fish, meat, or vegetables.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

* Substitute with 2 lbs chicken legs or lamb chops.
** If necessary, substitute cilantro with parsley.
*** Optionally, add carrots and/or bell pepper slices on top of the fish or chicken.
**** Couscous salad
Middle Eastern Za'atar Tabbouleh

Middle Eastern Za’atar with Tabbouleh

 

Middle Eastern Za'atar Tabbouleh

Middle Eastern Za'atar with Tabbouleh

SpiceBreeze
Za'atar is a very popular Middle Eastern spice blend, in restaurants served as a tabletop condiment or as a dip mixed with olive oil. There are plenty of variations, all based on sesame seeds, sumac, and thyme or a similar herb. The combination of nutty, sour, and savory makes the taste so versatile and irresistible. Try it with roasted chicken, vegetables, on pizza, hummus, or as a dip.
 
hands-on time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Servings 3 Servings

Ingredients
  

Protein

  • 1 lb chicken thighs or breast* cut in half

Fresh Produce

  • 3 cloves garlic grated
  • 2 medium tomatoes finely chopped or halved cherry tomatoes
  • 2 bunch flat-leaf parsley chopped
  • 2 tbsp mint leaves chopped (opt.)
  • 3 spring onions thinly sliced
  • 1 Persian cucumber diced (opt.)
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper finely diced (opt.)
  • 2-3 limes or lemons for juice

Packaged Goods/Staples

  • 1 oz fine bulgur couscous, or quinoa (cooked)
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper

Za'atar Culinary Spice Kit Ingredients:

  • White sesame seeds, sumac, coriander, thyme, cumin, black peppercorn, salt

Alternative Recipe: Za'atar Fritters

  • 1 lb potatoes or carrots, grated
  • 1 lb zucchini, grated
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup yogurt, plain 

Instructions
 

Marinade

  • In a CONTAINER, mix Za'atar spices, garlic, 2 tbsp lime juice, 1/2 tsp salt, and 2 tbsp oil.
  • Add chicken. Mix well. Cover.
  • Let it marinate in the fridge overnight.

Tabbouleh

  • Mix bulgur with tomatoes, parsley, onions, and 1 tbsp lime juice, and salt & pepper to taste.
  • Optionally add mint, cucumber and/or bell pepper.
  • Let it rest in the fridge for 2 to 24 hours.

Fry

  • In a PAN, heat 2 tbsp oil and fry the chicken on both sides until tender inside and crisp on the outside.
  • Let it rest 5 minutes.

Serve

  • Cut chicken in small slices and serve it with tabbouleh.
  • Enjoy!

Alternative Recipe: Za'atar Fritters - Option 1

  • Mix all ingredients, except the yogurt, well and season with Za'atar & pepper to taste.
  • In a PAN, heat 1 tbsp oil over medium heat.
  • For each fritter, place 1/4 cup of the mixture into the PAN, and flatten it slightly.
  • Fry the fritters until they turn golden brown on both sides.
  • Serve the fritters with the yogurt.

Alternative Recipe: Za'atar Fritters - Option 2

  • Season the mixture only with salt & pepper to taste.
  • Season the yogurt with Za'atar spices to taste.
  • Serve the fritters with the yogurt.

Alternative: Za'atar Meatballs

  • Spice up your favorite meatball recipe by adding za'atar to the meat mixture. 

Notes

  • Substitute chicken with salmon or other fish filet.
  • If using chicken breast, pound it for even thickness.
Turkish Biber Dolması

Turkish Biber Dolması

 

Turkish Biber Dolması

Turkish Biber Dolması

SpiceBreeze
Aromatic stuffed vegetables are a Turkish specialty. For Biber Dolması, small green bell peppers with thin skin are simmered in a light tomato sauce. The typical filling is a meat and rice mixture seasoned with mint, parsley, and regional dried peppers. Our blend features the mild and fruity pepper from Aleppo. For a vegetarian version combine raisin and pine nuts with rice.
Hands-on Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Turkish
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

Protein

  • 6 oz ground beef* or lamb, pork, or poultry

Fresh Produce

  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 1 cup parsley finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 4-5 medium green bell peppers**/***

Packaged Goods/Staples

  • 1.5 cups short grain rice raw, rinsed
  • 1 cup tomato puree
  • 3-5 cups broth of your choice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt & pepper

Biber Dolması Culinary Spice Kit

  • Paprika, Aleppo pepper, mint, cumin, black pepper

Suggested Sides

  • fresh bread
  • fresh salad

Instructions
 

Prepare

  • Dissolve tomato puree in 3 cups broth.
  • [Step 2] In a BOWL, add all remaining ingredients, except the bell peppers and broth. Add Biber Dolması spices and salt to taste. Mix well.
  • Of each bell pepper, cut off the top and clean out the seeds.
  • Fill them with the mixture from [step 2].
  • Find a POT that is wide enough to tightly fit all bell peppers in one layer.

Cook

  • In the POT, place filled bell peppers with the top up. Optionally, cover with the bell pepper top.
  • Pour tomato-broth around them.
  • Add more broth up to 2/3 of the height of the bell peppers. Add salt to taste.
  • Cover the POT. Bring broth to a boil.
  • Turn heat to medium-low.
  • Cook for about 30 minutes until the rice is cooked.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

* Substitute meat with 1 cup of raisins and pine nuts.
** If you can find small thin bell peppers, double the amount of bell peppers and use a wider pot.
*** Substitute green bell peppers with other colored bell peppers, zucchini, or both.
Egyptian Dukkah

Egyptian Dukkah

 

Egyptian Dukkah

Egyptian Dukkah

SpiceBreeze
Dukkah is an Egyptian mixture of spices and nuts. Sesame and hazelnuts are most common. Pistachios or almonds are great alternatives. The ingredients are toasted to develop a more intensive flavor. Optionally, add rosemary or oregano.
"Delicious brilliant idea
What can say? What a creative idea for 1, and a delicious meal each time for 2. I recieved 2 Meal spice kits (these include the spices for the entire meal & a recipe card with what to get or add to your shopping list).
1st meal: Dukkah Lamb - This was fantastic. Definitely follow cooking instructions from Spice breeze cards -- I finished slightly faster in oven for a more rare chop- to die for! (...)" Serena Ricker (Trustpilot Review)
hands-on time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Egyptian
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

Protein

  • 9 small lamb chops trimmed

Fresh Produce

  • 1 lb sweet potatoes cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1/2 lb Brussels sprouts trimmed and halved lengthwise
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed

Packaged Goods/Staples

  • 1/4 cup ground hazelnuts, walnuts, almonds, or pistachios
  • oil
  • salt & pepper

Dukkah Culinary Spice Kit

  • pouch [1] coriander and cumin toasted
  • pouch [2] sesame seeds roasted

Instructions
 

Preheat the OVEN to 400°F.

  • In a BOWL, mix sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts with 2 tbsp oil, and salt & pepper to taste.
  • Place all in one layer on a non-sticking BAKING SHEET.
  • Cook vegetables in the OVEN for 30-40 minutes, turning midway.

Shortly before vegetables are done:

  • Season chops with salt & pepper to taste, and Dukkah [1] spices.
  • In a PAN, heat 2 tbsp oil and fry garlic for 30 seconds over medium-low heat.
  • Add chops and fry them over medium heat until your desired doneness.

Serve

  • In a small BOWL, mix nuts with Dukkah [2] spices. Sprinkle over plated chops.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • Substitute lamb with 1.25 lb chicken breast strips, filet mignon, pork chops, fish (salmon, halibut, cod), eggplant slices (1/2 inch), or seitan.
  • Substitute vegetables with potatoes and/or carrots.
  • Optional, drizzle meal with pomegranate molasses, and/or serve with hummus sprinkled with lemon.
Alternative - Quick Recipe:
Mix Dukkah spices with nuts, 2-4 tbsp olive oil, and salt to taste.
Enjoy as a dip with fresh baguette, mix it with cooked pasta, or drizzle it over baked vegetables.
Persian Khoresh Gheimeh

Persian Khoresh Gheimeh

 

Persian Khoresh Gheimeh

Persian Khoresh Gheimeh

SpiceBreeze
Khoresh Gheimeh is a traditional Persian dish, a unique combination of fries over a lentil stew. The key flavor ingredient is dried Omani, or black lime, with its distinct flavor paired with holiday spices like cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg. Omani limes are usually added in whole and cooked for hours. This spice blend includes ground Omani limes for a delicious weeknight dinner.
hands-on time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Persian
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

Protein

  • 1/2 lb lamb or beef stew
  • 1 cup red lentils

Fresh Produce

  • 1 lb potatoes cut into fries
  • 2 onions chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic grated

Packaged Goods/Staples

  • 5 cups broth
  • 1 cup tomato puree not flavored
  • 3 cups boiled or steamed rice
  • oil
  • salt & pepper

Gheimeh Culinary Spice Kit

  • Omani limes, cinnamon, cumin, turmeric, black pepper, cardamom, white pepper, nutmeg

Instructions
 

Fries

  • Preheat OVEN to 400°F.
  • In a BOWL, mix potatoes with 2 tbsp oil and salt to taste.
  • Place potatoes in one layer on a non-stick BAKING SHEET.
  • Bake in OVEN for 20-30 minutes until they become crisp and golden. Turn midway.

Lentils

  • In a PAN, heat 2 tbsp oil.
  • Fry onions over medium heat until they turn golden. Add garlic. Stir-fry for 1 minute.
  • Add meat. Season with salt & pepper to taste. Stir-fry for about 2-3 minutes.
  • Add broth, tomato puree, Gheimeh spices, and salt & pepper to taste. Cover.
  • Bring to a boil. Cook over low heat until the meat is almost tender.
  • Add lentils and adjust salt.
  • Cook for about 20 minutes until all ingredients are tender.

Serve

  • Serve lentils over rice and top with fries.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • Omit the meat and cook the broth for 15 minutes before adding the lentils.
  • Substitute lentils with yellow split peas. Soak them in water overnight and add about 10 minutes to the cooking time.
  • Substitute potatoes with frozen fries.