"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > Recipes & Ingredients > International Cuisines and Ethnic Cookery
Click Here to Login
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-26-2009, 11:19 PM   #1
Executive Chef
larry_stewart's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Long Island, New York
Posts: 3,966
Middle eastern side dish / appetizer ideas needed

My sister is having an event at her house. I am in charge of making some middle eastern - like appetizer / side dishes .

Im vegetarian, so they will have to be vegetarian

The obvious ( which are good, but I do this all the time, I want a change)

Baba Ghanouj
Pita chips
Bean salad of some sort

Any other ideas come to mind ??

There will be about 40 people there , so i prefer making something to dish out , as opposed to individual items , since that would require a lot of work.

Also, Im not sure how much oven/ stove top space ill have, if any. So something that can be cold, room temp and not need any last minute cooking would be ideal.

Thanks in advance,


larry_stewart is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2009, 11:39 PM   #2
Senior Cook
mexican mama's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 422
I suggest Couscous or fried eggplants:)
Mexican Food
mexican mama is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-27-2009, 01:02 AM   #3
Head Chef
merstar's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 2,002
Some ideas:

Falafel with a tahini dip

Stuffed Grape Leaves

Muhammara - Spicy Red Pepper Dip
Muhammara Recipe - How to Make Muhamarra, a Middle Eastern Hot Dip

Fattoush - Toasted Bread Salad

Couscous Salad with Dried Fruits (can use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth)

Chickpea, Carrot, and Parsley Salad
"Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands - and then eat just one of the pieces."
merstar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-27-2009, 07:01 AM   #4
Sous Chef
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Midwest
Posts: 874
Dh is right here, so I asked for suggestions. He's from Turkey. Here are some of his ideas.

He says that you could do one of the variations of dolmas... and not just with grape leaves, but with green peppers as well.

Breaded and sauteed zucchini with yogurt and garlic sauce. Or Mucver, which is shredded zucchini with an egg and herb mixture that is sauteed. This is usually served warm, though.

Fried eggplant with tomato and garlic sauce on it.

Turkish shepherd's salad has lots of onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, feta cheese, green peppers, parsley dressed simply with lemon and olive oil. You can google for various recipes of this.

Here is a general google search result for Turkish mezes, or appetizers, of which a very large number are cold olive oil dishes. Most Middle Eastern countries have some variation of the different themes.

A very large number of their mezes have some sort of bean in them, though.

Good luck!
Life is too short to eat processed, artificially-colored, chemically-preserved, genetically-modified food. Or maybe that IS why life's too short.
velochic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-27-2009, 01:29 PM   #5
Executive Chef
justplainbill's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Eastern Long Island, New York
Posts: 4,206
Adas Salatası with olives.
justplainbill is offline   Reply With Quote


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:19 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.