Anissa Helou

Tangy Spinach Pastries
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The light olive-oil pastry for these Lebanese turnovers has only four ingredients and does not need to rise.Plus: More Vegetable Recipes and Tips
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Tangy Red-Pepper-and-Nut Dip
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The classic Syrian nut dip muhammara typically contains walnuts, bread crumbs, Aleppo pepper paste and pomegranate syrup, but there are endless variations. The bright-flavored take here is adapted from a recipe by Anissa Helou's Syrian chef-friend Mohammed Antabli. Pistachios, cashews and freshly toasted pine nuts, almonds and walnuts give it a chunky texture, while onions and red bell peppers make it tangy-sweet. More Party Dips
Rice pudding is prepared in one form or another all over the eastern Mediterranean. This Moroccan version is particularly delicious, perhaps because the rice is cooked in two stages; first it's boiled in water, then it's simmered in milk.Plus: More Dessert Recipes and Tips
Moroccan Olive Bread
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Berber women sell loaves of dense and crusty bread in market stalls throughout Morocco. In this recipe, thickly slicing the olives before placing them on the unbaked bread allows the briny oil from the cut sides to seep into the dough. Delicious, Quick Side Dishes
When Anissa Helou first came across the recipe for this variation on a common Moroccan tagine, or stew, she questioned whether the raw rice in the meatballs would cook fully. It does. Any grains that fall out give the saffron-infused broth a lovely richness. More Amazing Lamb Recipes
Lamb Tagine with Prunes
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Many meat tagines (slowly simmered Moroccan stews) are cooked with some sort of fruit, like apple, pear, quince or date. The luscious combination of lamb and prunes here produces a slightly sticky but complex sweet sauce that's perfect with steamed couscous or crusty bread. More Amazing Lamb Recipes
Like many Moroccan salads, this super-silky and intensely flavored version of ratatouille is made from spiced or sweetened cooked vegetables that are mashed rather than cut into pieces. Like Italian antipasti, Moroccan salads are often served as an appetizer.Plus: More Vegetable Recipes and Tips
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This quick and delicious Turkish salad is a great filling for pita bread or baguette sandwiches and a wonderful topping for bruschetta. More Terrific Salads
Fattoush
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This tart and refreshing Lebanese salad is very versatile: You can make it with lettuce or purslane, and with or without bread. The fresh herbs are important not only to add flavor but also to hold the ground sumac that gives the dish its distinctive taste. More Terrific Salads
Like many Moroccan salads, this super-silky and intensely flavored version of ratatouille is made from spiced or sweetened cooked vegetables that are mashed rather than cut into pieces. Like Italian antipasti, Moroccan salads are often served as an appetizer.Plus: More Vegetable Recipes and Tips
This quick and delicious Turkish salad is a great filling for pita bread or baguette sandwiches and a wonderful topping for bruschetta. More Terrific Salads
Fattoush
Rating: Unrated
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This tart and refreshing Lebanese salad is very versatile: You can make it with lettuce or purslane, and with or without bread. The fresh herbs are important not only to add flavor but also to hold the ground sumac that gives the dish its distinctive taste. More Terrific Salads