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How To Host A Lebanese – Themed Night

On : October 22, 2014 | Category : Blog, Cooking Tips FavoriteLoadingAdd to favorites

How-to-host-a-Lebanese-Themed-NightIf you want to invite your friends over for a themed night, you might want to consider Lebanese food. It’s yummy, healthy and fun to eat! You won’t need to work too hard, the dishes are super simple. Let’s see how you can get it done…

Welcome drink

The Lebanese are a warm and welcoming people and as such, they will always greet their guests with a few appetizing elements. First things first: “Bzourat.” That oddly named specialty is an assortment of kernels and nuts. They are usually salted and fried but you can find roasted and unsalted alternatives. They go perfectly with a little welcome drink such as Jallab.

Appetizers

Here’s the cool thing about Lebanese cuisine:  Appetizers don’t mean cold food. Of course, there are some unavoidable dishes like Hummus, Baba Ghannouj and Tabouli. But you can get creative with little bites. The meat lovers will go for Kebbe ‘Rass, a croquette of ground beef and bulgur wheat stuffed with beef and pine nuts. Others will prefer cheese rolls, made of puff pastry stuffed with a cheese mix and fried. And if you have gourmet guests, show them what Lebanese chefs are made of: Drizzle a ground beef and pine nut mix with pomegranate molasses, wrap the whole thing in dough and fry it. You just made yourself some Sambusek! Now let’s move on to the main course…

Main course

This part can get tricky because there are two ways to go. If you have a balcony, you can make “Mashewe”, aka barbecue. The Lebanese have a longstanding tradition of marinating chicken in plain yogurt, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, tomato paste, and spices to make “shish taouk”. It is usually accompanied with olive-oil-dressed lamb skewers served in Lebanese bread. But let’s face it, not everyone can get these done so there are a variety of recipes you can go for. Chicken lovers will die for a Moghrabieh, a staple of Lebanese cuisine, while meat lovers will prefer Kebbeh Arnabieh. This one is very special as it is made with meat and bulgur, cooked in Tahini.

Dessert

Traditionally, dessert comes after a little break. There is a wide variety of sweets in the Lebanese cookbook, but if you want to keep it simple and light, we suggest you try the Mouhallabieh. If you still have enough room for a heartier dessert, you can try Sfouf bil Debes, a cake that will make your guests beg for more, even if they can’t have any!

And now you’re set to entertain a dining room full of foodies! If you have any other suggestions or special Lebanese recipes that you love serving to your friends, feel free to share in the comments.

 

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