Ron Ben Israel

Chakchouka (Shakshouka)
Chakchouka (Shakshouka)

Chakchouka (Shakshouka)

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This Tunisian and Israeli dish is like a Mediterranean version of huevos rancheros. Fried eggs simmer in a sauce of tomatoes, onions, colorful bell peppers, chile peppers, and spices.
Middle Eastern Rice with Black Beans and Chickpeas
Middle Eastern Rice with Black Beans and Chickpeas

Middle Eastern Rice with Black Beans and Chickpeas

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I got this recipe from a friend who is from Bethlehem. The flavors are just delicious. The possibilities of add-ins are endless.
Israeli Salad
Israeli Salad

Israeli Salad

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Chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, and parsley combine with a drizzled dressing of lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, and mint leaves.
Middle Eastern Kibbeh
Middle Eastern Kibbeh

Middle Eastern Kibbeh

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Made from a blend of cooked bulgur wheat, chopped mint, and onions stirred into ground lamb, then cooked as small patties, kibbeh is a favorite traditional dish in Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, and Iraq. Serve kibbeh with tahini, a sesame seed paste.
Eggplant, Roasted Pepper and Chicken Pitas
Eggplant, Roasted Pepper and Chicken Pitas

Eggplant, Roasted Pepper and Chicken Pitas

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Crispy strips of breaded chicken and marinated grilled eggplant nestle in a warm pita to make the best sandwich you've ever had. This is for you if you enjoy Middle Eastern cuisine!
Shakshuka (Middle Eastern Breakfast Dish)
Shakshuka (Middle Eastern Breakfast Dish)

Shakshuka (Middle Eastern Breakfast Dish)

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Soft cooked eggs are cooked with tomatoes and zucchini in this colorful and hearty dish.
Apple and Honey Sorbet
Apple and Honey Sorbet

Apple and Honey Sorbet

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This is the sorbet I served on Rosh Hashana meal between first and main course. It is white flecked with bright green, tangy from the green apples, and sweet with honey. Fresh and fabulous. Shana Tova! I recommend eucalyptus blossom honey, easily found in Israel.
Ima's Potato Salad
Ima's Potato Salad

Ima's Potato Salad

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Chopped Israeli-style pickles and peas and carrots liven up this mayonnaise-based potato salad.
Israeli Stuffed Dates
Israeli Stuffed Dates

Israeli Stuffed Dates

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This chocolate-covered, nut-filled date candy is straight from Israel, an idea I received from my Yemenite neighbor. It's easy and delicious!
Cheese Bourekas
Cheese Bourekas

Cheese Bourekas

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Middle-Eastern style puff pastry pockets filled with cheese. Great served as an appetizer or the traditional Israeli way for breakfast with salad, olives, cheese, and plain yogurt. Could also be filled with leftover mashed potatoes, or a spinach and feta mixture.
Whole Rice and Lentils (Majadara)
Whole Rice and Lentils (Majadara)

Whole Rice and Lentils (Majadara)

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Brown rice and lentils are flavored with caramelized onions and spices for a delicious side dish or vegetarian meal.
Hawaij/All-Purpose Seasoning
Hawaij/All-Purpose Seasoning

Hawaij/All-Purpose Seasoning

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Hawaij, a spice blend made with sumac, cardamom, cumin, and turmeric, is a Yemeni blend very popular in Israel. Try it with rice, eggs, in soups, or as a dry rub.
Authentic Middle Eastern Hummus (Chummus)
Authentic Middle Eastern Hummus (Chummus)

Authentic Middle Eastern Hummus (Chummus)

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"Authentic chummus is very different and SO much tastier than its American counterpart. This chummus is creamy and delicate in taste rather than overpowered with garlic or thick and pasty. It is eaten warm, fresh, and as a whole meal spread out in a dish and drizzled with fresh olive oil. It is scooped up with pita, raw onion slices, or just a fork. Do NOT use canned chickpeas (garbanzo beans)!"
Foolproof Potato Latkes
Foolproof Potato Latkes

Foolproof Potato Latkes

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Use a food processor to combine ingredients for these crisp potato latkes.
Fast and Easy Israeli Tahini Cookies
Fast and Easy Israeli Tahini Cookies

Fast and Easy Israeli Tahini Cookies

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This recipe for Israeli tahini cookies is quick and easy to prepare using only 5 simple ingredients producing a lightly sweet dessert.
Israeli Tomato and Cucumber Salad
Israeli Tomato and Cucumber Salad

Israeli Tomato and Cucumber Salad

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Chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, and parsley combine with a drizzled dressing of lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, and mint leaves.
Moroccan Shabbat Fish
Moroccan Shabbat Fish

Moroccan Shabbat Fish

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Tilapia is dressed up with red pepper, olive oil, fresh parsley, cayenne, and tomatoes in this Mediterranean-style dish.
Sambusaks (Sumboosaks) with Chickpeas
Sambusaks (Sumboosaks) with Chickpeas

Sambusaks (Sumboosaks) with Chickpeas

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Perfect for your Purim celebration, or just anytime you want a unique little stuffed pastry, these half-moon shaped little pies, stuffed with garbanzo bean and egg filling, fry up golden brown. They are a Sephardic tradition with Iraqi origins.
Fresh Israeli Salad
Fresh Israeli Salad

Fresh Israeli Salad

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This Israeli salad, made by tossing cucumbers, bell peppers, and radishes in olive oil, sumac, and lemon juice is a fresh way to enjoy lunch.
California Style Israeli Salad
California Style Israeli Salad

California Style Israeli Salad

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Jicama adds a California twist to this fresh vegetable salad made with diced tomatoes, cucumber, bell pepper, and red onion. It's tossed with a lemon vinaigrette.
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