Sunday, March 4, 2007

FATTOUSH


Bread is kept in a basket or a nylon bag, and small pieces always accumulate at the bottom of it. The salad known as fattoush makes use of them and prevents their waste.

Ingredients:

Small grilled or fried pieces of Lebanese/pita bread (although you can try with croutons)
1/2 kg cucumber or Lebanese cucumber
1/2 kg tomatoes
2 bunches of parsley
1 bunch of fresh mint
1 bunch of purslane (this "weed" grows in American backyards, but if the word rings no bells simply ignore it and use lettuce instead)
3 onions (if wanted)
4 cloves of garlic
1 teaspoon sumac
4 tablespoons olive oil
5 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt

Preparation:

Separate the leaves off the parsley, mint and purslane. Slice the cucumbers, dice the tomatoes. Pound the garlic with the salt and mix it in the oil and lemon. Mix the vegetables and top with the bread fragments. Pour the sauce and sprinkle sumac all over.

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