Mansaf – Middle Eastern Lamb Dish

Mansaf – Middle Eastern Lamb Dish

mensaf Mansaf, Fatiyeh, or Fatihah this traditional middle eastern lamb stew in yogurt sauce is a big part of Arabic cuisine.  It is a favorite dish for large gatherings including weddings and engagement parties.  In short it plays a large part in Middle Eastern hospitality.

In my experience folks in the Arab world are very hospitable and generous. Rolling out a huge tray of Mansaf is a sign of respect and welcome to anyone visiting an Arab home whether it be in Jordan, Dubai, Europe, or America.

But of course this traditional dish has several names depending on the country or even city one is in.  In most countries like Jordan and Lebanon it’s called Mansaf; it’s the same dish Palestinians from the West Bank call Fatiyeh or Fatihah and those who hail closer to the larger cities call Mensaf.  Whatever it’s called it’s basically the same dish with a few regional additions to the toppings.

So what is Mansaf?  It’s a dish typically made with Lamb that’s simmered in a yogurt sauce made from reconstituted “Chisitch/Kishk/Jameed” (fermented or dried sheeps’ milk yogurt.)  Then the meat and sauce are served on a bed of torn unleavened bread like Shrak or pita and rice.  The whole dish can be topped with fresh parsley and sprinkled with toasted pine nuts; or as I’ve been taught by some of my Palestinian husband’s friends a ring of fried onions and tomatoes.

Really the secret ingredient, or not so secret, is the Chisitch.  Okay it’s not the easiest thing to get your hands on.  I usually get the dried balls of Chisitch from my husband’s relatives who travel to and from the Middle East or my sister-in-law who actually makes it!  I’ve also been able to buy it from a market in Oman during one of my trips there.  But you might be able to find it at a middle eastern market where it’s usually called Kishk or Jameed.  It’s available in liquid or powder form.  Or you can believe it or not order it from Amazon by clicking this affiliate link!   

If all else fails and you simply can not get a hold of Chisitch/Kishk/Jameed then use Buttermilk!  Yes the carton you find in your grocer’s diary section.  Good old fashioned buttermilk, the stuff you can use to make Buttermilk pancakes and biscuits!

If you’re using balls of chisitch from where ever you must reconstitute it – meaning soak the balls in water overnight, then place all of it in your blender until it is liquified.  You might need to add water to the blender to get the liquid you need.

If you’re using powdered kishk or jameed then dissolve it in water.  Obviously the easiest one to use would be liquid jameed or buttermilk.

Whichever one you use the real secret is to keep the jameed or kishk liquid from curdling when you add it to your meat.  To do that you must temper it by slowly stirring the liquid into a little bit of lamb broth.  This brings the temperature of the jameed up to the temperature of the stewed meat.

To season this dish I use my Lebanese 7 Spices Mix Click here for that recipe!

So if you want to try this yummy dish at home scroll down for my recipe.  It’s pretty fussy, it takes me a whole afternoon too make it!  This recipe is for a fairly small tray, you can double or triple it if you need to make a large tray for more people.

By the way Mansaf or Fatihah is traditionally eaten with one’s fingers right off the serving tray.  The polite and proper way to eat this dish is to use your fingers to take bite-sized portions from the tray and pop it in your mouth.  You take portions only from the meat and rice that is directly in front of you; respect other diner’s tray space.  That’s how it’s traditionally eaten; at our house it’s served family style with a serving spoon used to spoon a portion on to each person’s plate and we uses forks and knives.

 

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  1. Place meat in large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil.
  2. While meat boils fat will come to the surface. Skim off fat and discard. Continue this process until fat stops forming on the surface.
  3. Strain meat and set aside while you thoroughly wash out the pot. Dry pot before proceeding.
  4. Heat 1 Tbs. Olive Oil in pot and add 1 portion of chopped onions. Cook onions until they start to soften.
  5. Add meat and Lebanese 7 Spices Mix and stir well. Cook until onions become translucent.
  6. Add beef broth to cover meat. Bring to a boil.
  7. Reduce heat and simmer covered for 2 hours.
  8. Meanwhile you can prepare other parts of the dish.
  9. Heat remaining Olive Oil in frying pan and add remaining chopped onions. Cook until onions start to soften.
  10. Add garlic to pan and cook about 1 minute stirring constantly.
  11. Add chopped tomatoes and cook until tomatoes are soft and juices start to come out. Salt & Pepper to taste. Remove from heat and set aside.
  12. Melt 2 Tbs. Butter in saute pan and toast pine nuts until they start to turn golden brown. Remove from heat and set aside.
  13. About 30 minutes before stew is cooked prepare rice by first melting remaining butter in pot.
  14. Add Vermecelli and saute until pasta starts to turn golden brown.
  15. Add dry rice and saute another minute.
  16. Stir in about 4 cups of water to cover the rice. Cook covered over low heat for 20 minutes or until rice is cooked. Let rest at least 5 minutes to absorb any remaining water.
  17. Check you meat. It should be tender and falling off the bone.
  18. If meat is cooked turn down heat very low.
  19. Remove about 1 cup of broth from pot to temper your jameed or buttermilk.
  20. Slowly pour liquid jameed or buttermilk into that broth. Stirring only in one direction as you add the jameed. This is tempering the jameed. It is very important that you stir as you combine the liquids and stir only in one direction to keep the jameed from curdling.
  21. Once the jameed is tempered using the same procedure slowly add the tempered jameed into the pot of stew.
  22. Simmer on low heat for about 20 Minutes.
  23. Meanwhile prepare your serving tray. Break up the bread into pieces and place pieces on to the tray.
  24. Cover bread with rice.
  25. Place meat on the rice. Pour yogurt sauce (liquid you cooked meat in) over the meat and rice.
  26. Spoon tomato mixture around the meat.
  27. Sprinkle with pine nuts and serve.
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Instant Pot Beef Shawarma

Instant Pot Beef Shawarma

A Beef Shawarma sandwich or plate!  Yum!  It’s one of my favorites.  It’s one of the things I always order when I find myself at a Middle Eastern restaurant anywhere in the world.

Shawarma is sort of like the Greek Gyro or Turkish Doner Kebab; it’s a cone of seasoned meat or meats that’s cooked on a vertical spit.  Typically beef, lamb, and chicken are combined to form the large hunk of meat which is slowly grilled as it turns on its axis on the vertical spit.  Pieces of cooked meat are shaved off and stuffed in a pita with sauces, veggies, and pickles or placed on a plate with a serving of salad, hummus, rice, and pita bread.

I believe Shawarma started out as Middle Eastern street food where the sandwiches can be taken to go and eaten on as you go.  But these days you’ll find mixed meats, beef, and chicken shawarma on fast food and restaurant menus throughout the Middle East and beyond.

We love this tasty dish so much that we make it at home since there really aren’t any good Middle Eastern restaurants where we live.  Recently I’ve started making Beef Shawarma in my Instant Pot!  It’s the easiest and fastest way to make it!

We usually make Beef Shawarma sandwiches but we’ve also made Beef Shawarma plates and bowls.  We also use the leftover meat to top hummus, assuming we havhttp://www.savvynana.com/wp-admin/e leftovers that is!

But really the secret to this Beef Shawarma that tastes like you got it from a Middle Eastern restaurant isn’t in the way it’s cooked, the secret’s in the spice mix that’s rubbed on the meat!  Marinating the meat overnight ensures that the meat is infused with the exotic flavors of the spices.  Cooking it in the Instant Pot just makes the cooking process faster, but you can actually make it in the oven or on a grill if you don’t own this handy dandy electric pressure cooker.

Once you make the Beef Shawarma you can make it into a sandwich and top with your favorite toppings such as hummus, tahini sauce, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, pickles, and I love it with Tzatziki sauce! (I know I’m mixing Arabic and Greek foods, but who cares?  It tastes great!)

To make Instant Pot Beef Shawarma you’ll first need to make some of the Shawarma Spice Mix, so click here for the recipe!  

Then scroll down for the Instant Pot Beef Shawarma recipe!

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  1. Using a small knife drill 12 holes all over your roast
  2. Stuff a garlic half in each hole
  3. Mix Shawarma Spice Mix with 2 Tbs. ACV and 1 Tbs. Olive Oil
  4. Rub this spice mixture all over the roast then place the meat in a covered dish or ziplock bag and let rest in the fridge for at least 8 hours and up to 24 hours. I find that overnight works well.
  5. 30 minutes before cooking set the meat on the counter and let the temperature go down to room temperature
  6. Place remaining olive oil in instant pot and set pot to saute
  7. Sear the meat on all sides for about 5-8 minutes per side
  8. Add beef broth and remaining ACV to the pot
  9. Cover making sure the valve is set to sealing
  10. Set pot on Manual and adjust time to 60 minutes
  11. When pot turns off allow pressure to release naturally
  12. When pot is completely depressurized carefully open the lid and remove the meat
  13. Shred the meat and place in a bowl or baking sheet. At this point you can use the meat to make sandwiches, plates, or bowls. Or if you prefer you can crisp the ends by sprinkling a bit of the broth over the meat and popping the pan in the oven to broil on high for 10 minutes or just until the ends turn darker brown. If you are crisping it keep a close eye on the meat as it will burn quickly in the broiler.
  14. Store any leftovers with a bit of broth to keep it from drying out. Reheat in the microwave or in the over, drizzle some of the broth over the meat before reheating.
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Chicken Sauteed in Shrimp Paste – Binagoongang Manok

Chicken Sauteed in Shrimp Paste – Binagoongang Manok

binagoongang Binagoongang Manok or Chicken Sautéed in Shrimp Paste is a specialty from the Philippine province of Pampanga.  It was originally made with small cubes of pork and called Binagoongang Baboy but the simple recipe has been adapted to include chicken or even just veggies.

I think it’s a great way to use up that jar of Bagoong or shimp paste that usually ends up shoved in the back of my refrigerator.  I usually only use bagoong when having  Kare Kare. So many times the bagoong gets too old and dehydrated.  Recently I learned how to make Binagoongang Manok and it takes care of the open jar of bagoong sitting in the back of my fridge.

When I make Binagoongang Manok I use cubes of chicken, onions, garlic, tomatoes, and string beans.  And I add fresh spicy chili peppers like jalapenos.  You can also add cubes of eggplant if you like.

I love this simple dish because the bagoong gives it a sweet and salty taste and the jalapenos give it that pop of spicy heat.  It’s the perfect comfort food and a perfect example of good old Filipino home cooking!  Served over hot steamed white rice, it’s delish!

If you’re wondering where you can buy shrimp paste it’s available at any Asian market.  It’s sold in a jar, buy the one that’s already been sauteed like the Kamayan brand or something similar.

Here’s my recipe!  I hope you like it!

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Chicken Sauteed in Shrimp Paste - Binagoongang Manok
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Sweet, salty, and just a bit spicy. These tender cubes of chicken sauteed in shrimp paste is a perfect example of Filipino home cooking.
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Sweet, salty, and just a bit spicy. These tender cubes of chicken sauteed in shrimp paste is a perfect example of Filipino home cooking.
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  1. Heat oil and fry chicken cubes until they are cooked and are turning brown
  2. Add Onions and Garlic and cook until onions start to turn translucent
  3. Add Tomato cubes and saute another 5 minutes
  4. Add string beans and saute until beans begin to soften
  5. Add the Bagoong, vinegar, and water and bring to a boil
  6. Reduce heat and cover, simmer for about 10 minutes or until beans are completely cooked
  7. Remove lid, turn up heat to medium and fry until most of the liquid has evaporated, be sure to keep stirring so the meat doesn't burn.
  8. Remove from heat and serve over steamed white rice.
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Munggo Guisado (Mung Beans) Recipe!!!

Munggo Guisado (Mung Beans) Recipe!!!

Munggo Guisado (Mung Beans) is also one of my favorite Filipino food dishes. It is a Filipino Super food signature dish with its super simple ingredients but it is packed with super high nutrients. The ingredient we use is usually ampalaya leaves (bitter melon leaves) or better melon fruit. You can also use spinach as a substitute if no ampalaya leaves, you can also use cabbage or moringa fresh leaves and for the meaty taste you want, you can use leftover, fresh or dried chicken, beef, port or even fish. You can add any leafy vegetables you want and you can also add squash, green beans and okra.

In our province of Bohol, Philippines we all used those ingredients and will add one more yummy ingredient, our famous “Coconut Milk” and it’s all perfect! It’s a bowl full of vitamins and nutrients. Now a days we got lots of different versions and techniques on how to cook Munggo Guisado. You can make it simple. It’s all up to you.

Today, I’m gonna give you a different Munggo Guisado recipe version. Enjoy!

 

Ingredients:

1 cup green munggo beans

1 pc. ampalaya (bitter melon) seeded, sliced in diagonal pieces

200 g pork belly cut into strips

1 bunch spinach

1 pc. tomato diced

2-3 cloves garlic chopped

1 pc. small onion chopped

13 cups water

2 tbsp. cooking olive oil

½ tbsp. salt or salt to taste

¼ tsp. pepper or pepper to taste

 

Directions:

Boil munggo beans in 6 – 10 cups water for 50 minutes or until tender then set aside.

In a wide pan over medium heat, pour in the oil then sauté garlic until light brown, add onion and tomato. Sauté for 1 minute or until onion is soft.

Add the pork and sauté for 3-5 minutes or until meat is cooked. Add boiled munggo beans, the ampalaya and 3 cups of water.

Bring to a boil and simmer for 4 minutes, or until ampalaya are tender.

Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Then add the spinach, cover, let it boil and remove from heat.

Serve while its hot,

Share to your family and friends! Enjoy!

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  1. Boil munggo beans in 6 – 10 cups water for 50 minutes or until tender then set aside.
  2. In a wide pan over medium heat, pour in the oil then sauté garlic until light brown, add onion and tomato. Sauté for 1 minute or until onion is soft.
  3. Add the pork and sauté for 3-5 minutes or until meat is cooked. Add boiled munggo beans, the ampalaya and 3 cups of water.
  4. Bring to a boil and simmer for 4 minutes, or until ampalaya are tender.
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Then add the spinach, cover, let it boil and remove from heat.
  7. Serve while its hot,
  8. Share to your family and friends! Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

You can soak munggo beans in enough water overnight letting the beans take its own shell off, in this process the bean will be soft so you won’t need to boil the beans for 50 minutes. You just directly add the beans after you sauté the pork belly.

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Shrimp Sarciado – Filipino Recipe

Shrimp Sarciado – Filipino Recipe

Shrimp Sarciado

Shrimp Sarciado

Every so often I get a yen for some home cooked Filipino food like Shrimp Sarciado.  This favorite Filipino dish is usually done with fish, but  it’s also made with chicken, pork, and eggs. I like it best with shrimp.

Sarciado literally means “cooked with a thick sauce” in Tagalog, the main language spoken in the Philippines.  The word is derived from the Tagalog word “sarsa” that refers to a thick sauce which in turn comes from the Spanish word “salsa” which means sauce.

The “thick sauce” for this Filipino dish is composed mainly of tomatoes and eggs that is flavored with a light fish sauce called “Patis”.

Shrimp Sarciado is very simple to make. The “Patis” (Filipino Fish Sauce) gives it that delicate salty taste that is delicious served over steaming hot white rice.

You can find Patis in the condiment section of an Asian Market.  I use more Patis when I make this dish because I love the taste, you can adjust the amount you use according to taste.  You can also add more eggs if you like.

Ingredients:

1 lb. Extra Large Shrimp – shelled, deveined, tail on

1 Onion – sliced

1 Tomato – sliced

1 tbls. minced garlic

2 tbls. Patis

1 Egg

1 tbls. Oil

Directions:

1.  Saute sliced onions in oil until they start to turn translucent.

2.  Add minced garlic and saute for a minute more.

3.  Add shrimp and cook until they start turning pink.

4.  Add sliced tomato and cook until the tomato start giving off liquid, about 2-3 minutes

5.  Add Patis – stir well to evenly mix sauce in

6.  Add your raw egg – use spatula to “scramble” the egg into the other ingredients.  Be sure you break the yolk first so it will scramble.

Serve over steamed rice.

Shrimp Sarciado
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Delicately flavored Filipino specialty of shrimp stir fried with tomatoes, and eggs.
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Servings Prep Time
4 Servings 15 Minutes
Cook Time
15 Minutes
Shrimp Sarciado
Shrimp Sarciado
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Delicately flavored Filipino specialty of shrimp stir fried with tomatoes, and eggs.
Servings Prep Time
4 Servings 15 Minutes
Cook Time
15 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 Servings 15 Minutes
Cook Time
15 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Servings
Instructions
  1. Saute sliced onions in oil until they start to turn translucent.
  2. Add minced garlic and saute for a minute more.
  3. Add shrimp and cook until they start turning pink.
  4. Add sliced tomato and cook until the tomato start giving off liquid, about 2-3 minutes
  5. Add Patis - stir well to evenly mix sauce in
  6. Add your raw egg - use spatula to "scramble" the egg into the other ingredients. Be sure you break the yolk first so it will scramble.
  7. Serve over steamed rice.
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