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“Armenian”

Midia Dolma – Stuffed Mussels

Stuffed Mussels – This elegant appetizer has it origins in ancient Armenia.

Derevi Sarma

Sarma are tasty and attractive as appetizers for an Armenian meal. These are the ones without meat, hence the name “Yalanchi”. They are eaten out of hand and sometimes dipped in madzoon. This is a different recipe from the 1st edition. The currants give a slightly sweet taste which makes the sarma delicious!

Shish Kebab

Probably the most popular Armenian dish, Real shish kebab is made only with lamb. Tomatoes are placed on separate skewers to prevent overcooking.

Cheese or Spinach Beoreg

Beoreg is delicious as an appetizer or side dish with layers of spinach or cheese filling baked in flaky filo pastry.

Hamim – Red Pepper Paste

Hamim is the Kessabtzi Armenian word for this thick, sun-dried red pepper paste, as well as the salad we make from it. In Syria, red peppers were harvested in the fall, ground and dried in the sun to preserve them. The paste was packed into jars and stored. We do this recipe in the oven, but you can try it the traditional way if you have a suitable protected area for sun-drying.
Red pepper paste can be used like tomato paste to thicken and flavor dips, stews, marinades. It’s also just good on bread.

Lahmajune – Armenian Pizza

Lahmajune has been referred to as Armenian pizza. These delicious pies are sold by street vendors in the Middle East rolled and wrapped in waxed paper.

Fassoulia – Juicy Stringbeans

A simple, but delicious vegetable side dish. May be made with fresh or frozen beans. Chunks of cooked lamb are sometimes added to this dish.

Selaki – Dabgadz Banirov Beoreg

One of my father’s favorites, This Beoreg makes a delicious appetizer – very light and delicate. This dough is quite easy to work with. The thinner you roll the dough, the better your Selaki will be. You can also use a mild Feta cheese in place of the cottage and bleu cheeses. In Kessab, the name “Selaki” referred to several kinds of fried dough. Do not confuse this with the sweet deep fried dough served with sugar as a confection.

Sucmic Kufta

Potato and Bulghur Appetizers. Sucmic is a wonderful way to use up leftover mashed potatoes. This is a variation on Red Lentil Kufta.

Rice Pilaf

Armenian Rice with Vermicelli
Aunt Mary’s classic recipe
Pilaf is a staple with Armenian meals. This is the classic recipe for Armenian rice, other varieties are presented on the following pages. Serve a bowl of madzoon on the side for topping the pilaf.