Israeli Shakshuka

Israeli Shakshuka

 

Israeli Shakshuka

Israeli Shakshuka

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The origin of Shakshuka might be in Turkey, Spain, or Tunisia. The Israeli version with a beautiful top of poached eggs became famous around the world. This flavorful tomato stew with vegetables has usually a bit of heat. Our Turkish Marash pepper flakes add more flavor than heat.
hands-on time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Israeli
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

Shopping List

  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 3 ripe medium tomatoes chopped (*)
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste (*)
  • 1 bunch parsley chopped
  • pita bread or other flatbread
  • 3-4 eggs
  • 4 cloves garlic finely chopped or grated (or more to taste)
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper

Shakshuka Culinary Spice Kit

  • Cumin, coriander, paprika, Marash pepper, black pepper

Instructions
 

  • In a PAN, heat 2 tbsp oil over medium heat.
  • Fry bell peppers for 10 minutes.
  • Add garlic, Shakshuka spices, and salt to taste.
  • Stir-fry for 2 minutes.
  • Add tomatoes, tomato paste, and salt & pepper to taste. Mix well.
  • Cover the pan and cook over medium-low heat for 10 minutes until the sauce thickened a bit. Stir.
  • With a tablespoon, form a little well in the sauce and crack one egg into the well. Continue with the remaining eggs.
  • Continue to cook until the egg whites are set but the yolks are still running.
  • Sprinkle with parsley.

Optional Dip

  • In a small CUP, add olive oil and optionally Za'atar and garlic to taste.

Serve

  • Serve with warm bread.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

(*) Substitute tomatoes and tomato paste with 1-2 cups tomato puree (unflavored) and let it simmer until the sauce thickens.
Adapt the recipe to your liking:
  • Omit eggs
  • Add hot chilies,
  • Add other vegetables, for instance, pumpkin, leek, sweet potatoes, or mushrooms.
Variation:
Instead of the dip, marinate 1 lb strips from chicken breast or sirloin beef in 1.5 tbsp za'atar, 2 tbsp oil, and salt to taste for 1-2 hours before frying.
 
Bahraini Machboos

Bahraini Machboos

 

Bahraini Machboos

Bahraini Machboos

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Machboos or Majboos is claimed to be the national dish of the Kingdom of Bahrain. It is full of Arabian flavors. Different from other baharat spice blends, Omani baharat includes dried limes and roses. Dried limes, also called Loomi, Omani limes, or black limes, are an important ingredient in the cuisine around the Persian Gulf. No other lemon has this heavenly sweet-tangy citrus flavor.  
Hands-on Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Bahraini
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

  • 2 lb chicken drumsticks
  • 2 large tomatoes chopped
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro or parsley
  • 8 oz carrots shredded
  • 2 cups hot chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup Basmati rice
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic grated
  • 1 inch ginger grated
  • 2-3 lemon for juice
  • butter & oil
  • salt & pepper

Machboos Culinary Spice Kit

  • Pouch [1] Omani limes, roses, turmeric, cinnamon, paprika, cardamom, cloves, coriander, nutmeg
  • Pouch [2] Cardamom

Optional

  • 1 green chile finely chopped
  • lemon wedges
  • dates
  • red onions sliced

Instructions
 

Prepare

  • Rinse rice and cover with cold water.
  • Add 1.5 tbsp lemon juice.
  • Let soak 1/2 - 24 hours in the fridge.
  • Drain. Set aside.
  • Season chicken with salt and pepper.

Cook

  • In a large POT, fry onions in 2 tbsp butter over medium heat until translucent.
  • Add garlic, ginger, chili (optional), and Machboos [1] spices.
  • Stir-fry for 2 minutes.
  • Add chicken, tomatoes, and broth.
  • Cover. Cook 20 minutes over medium-low heat.
  • Take chicken out and set aside.
  • Add rice and salt to taste. Mix well.
  • Cover. Bring to a boil.
  • Turn heat to low. Cook about 15 minutes until rice is cooked. Don’t stir!
  • Turn off. Mix in herbs.

Fry

  • In a PAN, heat 1 tbsp oil. Fry chicken over high heat until browned on all sides.

Salad

  • Mix carrots with Machboos [2] spices, lemon juice, salt & pepper, and 1 tbsp oil.

Serve

  • Serve chicken on top of rice and with the carrot salad. Add lemon juice to taste.
  • Optionally, serve with lemon wedges, dates, and sliced red onions.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • Substitute chicken with 1 lb fish filet or paneer.  Don’t cook it. Only fry it.
Bavarian Oabatzda

Bavarian Obatzda

 

Bavarian Oabatzda

Bavarian Obatzda

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200 years ago, the beer garden started as an extension of a brewery, where the brewery could sell beer directly to the consumer instead of delivering it to pubs. Last century, a Bavarian brewery owner created Obatzda to make use of overripe Camembert cheese. Today, Obatzda is a popular Bavarian beer garden dish that is served with pretzels and beer. You can also shake up your mac and cheese with this new taste.
hands-on time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine German
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

  • 8 oz ripe Brie or Camembert cheese
  • 4 oz whipped cream cheese with chives
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp soft butter
  • 1 beer blonde or your favorite
  • salt & pepper

Obatzda Culinary Spice Kit

  • Pouch [1] Caraway, paprika
  • Pouch [2] Cayenne pepper

Suggested Sides

  • 1 jar German pickles or sauerkraut
  • 3-6 pretzels or slices of rye bread

Optional

  • 1/4 cup chives for garnish

For Obatzda ‘Mac & Cheese’

  • 8 oz elbow macaroni cooked
  • 1/2 cup cream

For Obatzda Stuffed Chicken

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • tooth picks
  • oil

Instructions
 

Obatzda cream

  • Mash Brie or Camembert cheese with a fork.
  • Mix with butter, cream cheese, and chopped onions.
  • Season to taste with Obatzda [1] and [2] spices, salt, and pepper.
  • Add 4 tbsp beer and mix until it becomes a smooth cream.
  • Let rest for 30-60 minutes.

Serve

  • Serve with pickles or sauerkraut and pretzels or German style rye bread.

Variation: Obatzda ‘Mac & Cheese’

  • In a PAN, heat cream and stir in Obatzda cream.
  • Mix until it becomes a smooth sauce.
  • Add macaroni and mix well.

Variation: Obatzda Stuffed Chicken

  • Cut a horizontal slit into the chicken breast to form a pocket.
  • Fill with Obatzda cream. Close with tooth picks.
  • In a PAN, heat oil and fry chicken on medium until cooked through and browned.
    Chicken stuffed with obatzda cream
  • Alternative: Grill or bake the stuffed chicken.
  • Enjoy!