Recipes from the Galilee

In the Galilee, biblical roots, rich agricultural heritage, and Mediterranean flavors give rise to Israel's most soulful cuisine. These recipes first appeared in our May 2013 issue with Gabriella Gershenson's article The Promised Land.

Charred Eggplant with Chile Sauce & Tahini
Charred Eggplant with Chile Sauce & Tahini
Charring young eggplant over an open flame lends a smoky flavor to this dish from the Galilee.Todd Coleman
Chreime (Spicy Tunisian Fish Stew)
A Tunisian-Jewish Sabbath specialty, chreime features tender fish braised in a thick chile-spiced tomato sauce. See the recipe for Chreime »Todd Coleman
Israeli Chopped Salad
Israeli Chopped Salad
Sumac and cinnamon heightens the flavors of this Israeli staple.Todd Coleman
Labaneh
Labaneh
Thick, tart, and creamy, this yogurt-like cheese, is perfect eaten with olive oil, pita bread, and za'atar.Eilon Paz
Galilean Beef Stew (Poike)
Galilean Beef Stew (Poike)
Any seasonal vegetable, from earthy turnips to pungent kohlrabi, can be added to this hearty beef stew.Eilon Paz
Syrup-Soaked Cheese Pastry (Knafeh)
Syrup-Soaked Cheese Pastry (Knafeh)
In this recipe, kataif, a bird's nest-like phyllo dough, is layered with fresh cheese and doused in amber-hued syrup.Eilon Paz
Galilean-Style Hummus (Hummus Maushaushe)
Galilean-Style Hummus (Hummus Maushaushe)
Generous spice, a good dose of olive oil, and chickpeas piled high are the hallmarks of this Galilean-style hummus.Eilon Paz
Grape Leaves Stuffed with Rice (Dolma)
Grape Leaves Stuffed with Rice (Dolma)
This recipe for stuffed grape leaves uses both lemon juice and zest to enhance the flavor of the stuffing.Eilon Paz
Cherry & Herb Salad
Cherry & Herb Salad
This sweet-tart cherry, cilantro, and walnut salad is delicious on its own or as a relish for grilled meats or fish.Eilon Paz
Almond & Marzipan Roulade
Chef Erez Komarovsky's buttery almond pastry, swirled through with marzipan and toasted nuts, makes a fine breakfast or afternoon snack. See the recipe for Almond & Marzipan Roulade »Eilon Paz
Grilled Pita Bread with Za'atar
Grilled Pita Bread with Za'atar
This chewy flatbread topped with za'atar, a spice blend of wild thyme, tangy sumac, and toasted sesame seeds, can be either grilled outdoors or oven-baked and finished in a grill pan.Eilon Paz