Good recipes to share with friends.
In one of those fortunate circumstances where I had far too much yogurt nearing expiry and not much of an inclination to go grocery shopping I found this miraculous and simple dish called “Fetteh.” It’s a very filling Lebanese dish that requires relatively few ingredients (hence not needing to go grocery shopping) and tastes utterly phenomenal. Not to mention it’s packed with really healthy stuff like chickpeas, garlic, greek yogurt and so forth. I’m not kidding when I say this is going to be a staple around my house and at many a potluck to come. Rooting around for some variations on the recipe I also found that it can be made on a smaller scale as a dish for two people.
I’ve always had a lot of trouble soaking chickpeas (as in, the two times I’ve tried). This recipe opened my eyes to the errors of my ways. I had never thought to boil the chickpeas the next day to increase their softness (palm to forehead moment). I’m still young, I can make mistakes but it looks like I may be going the more economical root of buying dry beans from now one and giving them a soak instead of purchasing canned beans with added salt and preservatives. I’m really winning this game of life as I get older.
One day I’ll even make my own pita bread and perhaps succeed at making yogurt that yields more than 25% yogurt from milk. I think my problem with home-made yogurt is that I’m using pasteurized milk. I just want to be a pioneer, is that so much to ask? Apparently. I’ll probably have to buy a cow-share. Yup, it’s a real thing and maybe, just maybe, I’ll buy a share in a cow.
I’ll admit though, I’m more of an “urban pioneer.” I definitely enjoy having my IR thermometer, Kitchenaid stand mixer, electric oven and freezer. However, I prefer to make things from scratch than buy things pre-prepared. Yup, I’m one of those, I’ve heard all that moaning and belligerence so don’t give me that. I was marvelling the other day about how I can make my own ice cream now and patting my pioneer back… then I realized pioneers had ice boxes, no electricity and probably put ice cream pretty low on their priority list.
Although the preparation of the chickpeas takes a couple hours the actual prep goes pretty quick, hence my playlist for this recipe isn’t too terribly long but should amuse while you’re blending, layering and baking.
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I’ve come across some other recipes that add sliced cherry tomatoes, toasted pine nuts or almonds. I would highly recommend going with any of these as they add a delicious finish to the dish.
Don’t Fetteh About The Small Stuff Casserole
(Slightly adapted from the NY Times)
Makes 6 filling portions but good for a potluck of 10-15 people if served with other sides and dishes.