Mediterranean Pantry Quick Fixes

Ana Sortun of Oleana and Sofra in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is inspired by Turkey, Lebanon and Greece. Here, some of her pantry essentials.

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Use fine bulgur (labeled #1) instead of bread crumbs as a binder for dishes like meatballs.


Dried Spearmint

Substitute dried spearmint for dried oregano in homemade tomato sauce.


Lebneh or Greek Yogurt

Use instead of sour cream in soups, stews and rice dishes.


Sumac Powder

Flavor salads with sumac (a tart and fruity dried berry) instead of lemon juice.



Sprinkle za’atar—a mix of dried herbs, sesame seeds and sumac—on everything from pizza to roast chicken to cooked vegetables.


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Published July 2009

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