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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Fahtoosh (Arabic Bread Salad) YUM!

Fatoosh is a delicious and refreshing salad made with fresh ingredients and uses toasted Arabic bread. Syrian or Arabic Bread is similar to pita bread, it's just much thinner. It is also unleavened. This bread is a staple in an Arabic home, using it for eating much of our food, instead of using utensils. There are kinds that are so thin, you can almost see through them and they are about 2 feet in diameter. So don't get your knickers in a twist when you see Arabic people using their hands to eat.

2 loaves Syrian bread
1/2 bunch green onions
1/2 bunch fresh parsley
1 cucumber
1 bunch fresh mint
2 tbsp. fresh thyme
1 tsp. salt
1/2 teaspoon, yeah, you guessed it, ground Jamaican allspice unless you have Syrian pepper
Juice of 3 lemons
1/2 cup olive oil
Kalamata olives

Pull the two sides of the Arabic bread apart. Toast them lightly under a broiler, but watch carefully! They toast very quickly!! Let it cool, then break or cut bread into bite-size pieces. Chop and cut all the vegetables into small pieces, too. Mix bread with salad in a bowl. (you can toast the bread lightly under the broiler if you watch it diligently because it will burn quickly if you don't. I do this because I like it that way.) Add salt, pepper, lemon juice, olive oil and mix well. Add olives and my guess is you will smack your lips and your eyes will light up and you will have discovered something you have longed for all your life!

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