Why not plan a Lebanese feast for you next dinner party or family lunch? Lebanon may be the smallest country in the Middle East, but it packs a powerful culinary punch. Lebanese food is the perfect example of the type of delicious, nourishing and healthy foods we need in our diets.

According to Menu Matters  “Lebanese food is a cuisine that carries a well-deserved healthy halo, because it uses any type of fat sparingly, has a very small presence of red meat  and relies far more heavily on lean protein as well as plant-based proteins. It’s a cuisine that fits well with produce-focused culinary innovation.”

The trend for shareable platters and snacks as meals just keeps growing, and Lebanese cuisine is a perfect fit for that focus. It’s easy to pull together a few dishes like these created for us by Amy from An Earthen Life

And we all know how much I LOVE tapas and Mezzo style eating. Perhaps it stems from my deep rooted ‘Menu Envy’ when out for a meal. It has crept into my own home too, I plan more tapas style dinners so I can pick and choose a little of everything. Helps also to finish off left overs from previous meals and even using some extra’s to make little dips that just scream for a flat bread.

Lebanese flat bread follow a simple flat bread recipe with added extra of Za’atar spice which is also a new household favourite. Great on veggies, dips, breads, you name it – you need to try it.

What could be more satisfying that making your own delicious breads for the platter? Plus massive brownie points with friends 🙂

Cous cous Red pepper & walut Dip Lebanese Feast

Feast

Lebanese Feast

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Family is everything and what better way to share memories with a feast of unique flavours

Ingredients

Flatbread

Red pepper & Walnut Dip

Hummus

Instructions

For the BREAD

  • In a large bowl mix the warm water, yeast, sugar and salt together. Add in the flour and stir with a spoon until it comes together then use your hands and knead the dough until smooth. 
    Lebanese Breads
  • Oil the bowl and then place the dough in the bowl. Cover with a cloth and set aside in a warm place to rise to double its size.
  • Divide into 8 balls and roll out on a floured surface to 3mm thick
    Lebanese Breads
  • Rub with olive oil, sprinkle with zaatar and then cook in a heated pan with a little oil on either side and bubbled and golden brown.

For the Red Pepper & Walnut Dip

  • Place the whole pepper on a baking tray and in the oven at 200C to roast, the skin will blister and you can then peel it when it’s cool, remove the seeds and place in the blender with the rest of the ingredients to blend until smooth.

For the Delish HUMMUS

  • Blend the chickpeas, garlic, olive oil, salt, tahini and lemon juice together until smooth.
  • Serve on a platter with dried apricots, sweet potato wedges, olives and roasted garlic.
  • P.s Add Friends, family and wine 😉