Monday, August 25, 2008

Fattoush

Fattoush is a Levantine salad made from several garden vegetables and toasted or fried pieces of pita bread. Fattoush salad allows cooks to use seasonal produce by mixing different vegetables and herbs according to taste, and also to make use of pitas that have gone stale. The vegetables are cut into relatively large pieces compared to Tabbouleh which requires ingredients to be finely chopped. Sumac is usually used to give Fattoush its sour taste. This dish is famous in the middle east area (Lebanon, Syria, Jordan ...etc).

Lets start the delicious Fattoush Recipe

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 - Fattoush:
  • 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 - Fattoush:
  • 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.
Fattoush Video...



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