In this recipe for Baba Ghannouj, the eggplant spread is made creamier with the addition of mayonnaise.
This bright, slightly spicy salad is great served with roasted chicken.
Brightened with lemon and garlic, tahini becomes a bright, creamy dip.
The Middle Eastern spice blend za'atar (which combines sumac, oregano, sesame, hyssop, and other spices) flavors this simple cilantro-and-garlic dip. It's ideal served alongside roasted meats, or slathered on fresh-baked pita.
This is a recipe for dolamades, an eastern European specialty.
Shish kebab, one of the most popular meat dishes in the Middle East, was probably invented centuries ago by soldiers or mountain tribesmen who impaled bits of meat on their swords to roast over wood fires.
Loquats grow all over Turkey; late May is the height of the season.
This dip is characterized by a smooth and creamy texture with a hint of smokiness from the broiled eggplant.