Thursday, April 30, 2009

Lebanese Fatteh Recipe

This dish is called Fatteh and is a Lebanese main breakfast dish. It can made a number of ways which include using chicken, rice, ground beef. It is known for containing all the essential vitamins needed to start the day. This dish goes back to early Lebanese history and is widely known around the Middle East.


Ingredients

(sauce)

  • 2 cups Mediterranean Yogurt
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup tahini paste
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp salt

(meat)

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/4 lb ground lamb
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 toasted pita's
  • 1 16oz. can chick peas
  • 3 tbs chopped parsley
  • 1/3 cup melted browned butter
  • 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts

Preparation

For sauce, in a large bowl combine ingredients with a whisk and set aside. For meat combine beef, lamb, salt and pepper and shape into small balls and cook in a pan until browned. Toast pitas in oven until brown, crush into bits and set aside. In a pot warm the chick peas. To assemble, in a large casserole dish place pita on the bottom, then layer the chick peas (sprinkle with salt, optional), then the meat and top with yogurt mixture. Garnish with parsley, pine nuts and butter.

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