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.
South American Carne Asada

South American Carne Asada

 

South American Carne Asada

South American Carne Asada

SpiceBreeze
Get a new favorite for your grill party with Mexican-Venezuelan carne asada. The tender meat with a tangerine-chipotle flavor is served with the king of salsas. In Venezuela, there is no BBQ without guasacaca sauce. 
Optionally, serve carne asada over fries with rich toppings. This variation has its origin in San Diego, California. 
Hands-on Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican, Venezuelan
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

  • 1.25 lb sirloin beef
  • 12 tortillas or taco shells
  • white vinegar or lime juice
  • vegetable oil
  • salt & pepper

Marinade

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce or tamari or Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp brown sugar

Guasacaca

  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 green bell pepper
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1 bunch parsley
  • 3 cloves garlic or more to taste

Carne Asada Culinary Spice Kit

  • Tangerine peel, cumin, garlic, chipotle pepper flakes, oregano, black pepper

Suggested Sides

  • baked beans
  • grilled corn or yucca
  • rice
  • fried plantains
  • salad

Instructions
 

Prepare

  • Cut beef against the grain into 0.25 inch thin strips.

Marinade

  • In a BOWL, mix soy sauce, sugar, 2 tbsp oil, and Carne Asada spices.
  • Add beef and mix well. Cover.
  • Let marinate in the fridge for 2 hours.

Guasacaca

  • Roughly cut all Guasacaca ingredients.
  • Blend them in a FOOD PROCESSOR with 1 tbsp oil and 2-4 tbsp water into a smooth sauce.
  • Season to taste with salt & pepper and 1 tbsp vinegar or more.

Grill

  • Grill or fry beef quickly over high heat to your desired doneness.

Serve

  • Serve beef in tortillas or taco shells topped with guasacaca and your preferred sides.

Variation: San Diegan Carne Asada Fries

  • Cut grilled beef into small cubes and serve it over French fries.
  • Top with shredded cheese, finely chopped tomatoes, and avocado slices or guacamole.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Variations
▪ Substitute beef with chicken breast.
▪ Substitute soy sauce with beer or 2 tbsp vinegar.