Ruz Belkhalta: Egyptian Festive Rice : رز بالخلطة

Ruz Bealkhalta is a wholesome, Egyptian festive rice dish with amped up flavors. Traditionally, the rice is cooked with chicken’s kidneys and gizzards and garnished with raisins and nuts. In addition to its unmistakable aromas and distinct flavors, the dish offers several health benefits as it is rich in omega 3 and protein.

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Jello-Savoiardi Cake: Happy Valentine

Jello-Savoiardi cake is semi-homemade, make ahead, no stress, no-bake cake, yet impressive, photogenic, juicy, decadent, and rich in flavors and textures. It is an excellent festive cake for many occasions including potlucks. It takes minutes to assemble this vibrant cake, yet it will be the town’s talk for much longer.

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Macarona Béchamel/Forn: The dish that bridges three cultures

Macarona Béchamel (aka Macarona Forn) is an Egyptian pasta bake, and a one pot meal that has three layers: penne pasta, spices-spiked, luscious red meat sauce, and a silky, smooth white sauce on top. The dish is an iconic crowd pleaser in Egypt. It is nutritious, make ahead, freezer friendly, and excellent potluck dish that garners compliments like no other.

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Beef Bone Broth: Countdown to Coptic Christmas

Beef Bone Broth is a quintessential ingredient in my Egyptian festive dishes. I make it using quality beef bones, aromatic herbs, vegetables, and spices. This bone broth is known for its rich collagen and its impact on slowing aging and boosting the immune system. I use this broth as a liquid agent to cook my rolled grape leaves, jeweled rice, meat soups, and stews, just to name a few.

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Homemade Light Cheese Balls in Four Distinct Flavors

These mini light cheese balls are made out of skimmed milk and mixed with fresh herbs, tomatoes, seasoning, and onions. For an additional layer of sophistication and beauty, these mini balls are coated with different flavors: chipotle pepper, walnuts, za’atar, and black sesame seeds. They make an excellent healthy snack and elegant cocktail food.

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Rolled Grape Leaves : A Labor of Love for Those Who Well Deserve It

Rolled grape leaves are an Iconic Middle Eastern dish with a wide appeal for ostensible reasons. The paper-thin briny grape leaves encase a juicy traditional mix of rice and meat, either beef or lamb or only rice. The stuffing is spiked by an assortment of pungent spices such as cardamom, cumin, allspice, and cinnamon.

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Fattah: The Coptic Feast

Fattah is an Egyptian traditional dish served in both Muslim and Christian feasts. It is a meat-rice-bread dish that dates back to ancient Egyptian times. The dish was featured on the pillars of Pharaohs temples. That said, it has been slightly altered and refined over 7000 years. Each Egyptian family has its own secret ingredient for this festive dish. The recipe below is my family’s signature one with some of my minor healthful interventions.

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