Menu: Algeria

This menu represents what I found most exciting about Algerian food: the flavors are intense, the spices are hot, and the foods are a blend of the proverbial melting pot.

Hummus bi’l Kammun (Chickpea Soup) [Recipe]
Pureed chickpeas laced with garlic, cumin, paprika, and harisa.

Algerian Sunset Salad [Recipe]
Blood oranges, fresh fennel, black olives, and mint make up this unusual salad.

Hot Algerian Lasagna (Shakhshukha al-Bisakra) [Recipe]
This lasagna contains ground lamb meat, diced potatoes, chickpeas, and harisa. Two teaspoons of cayenne make this dish fire-hot. Gruyère cheese cools things down.

Algerian Green Beans [Recipe]
Seasoned with garlic, cumin, paprika, and cloves.
Slivered almonds give this dish bite.

Baguette (French Bread) [Recipe @KAF]
French bread is commonplace in Algeria.
The crusty bread soaks up flavor and helps diners pick up food without silverware.

Bil Zbib (Sweet Couscous) [Recipe]
Couscous is a staple of Algerian cuisine. My version of Bil Zbib contains dried apricots, plums, and golden raisins.

Llokume (Turkish Delight) [Recipe]
Since Algerians love Llokume, I am making this confection again so that I can perfect the recipe.

Harissa (Harisa)  [Recipe]
This chili paste is used in a lot of Middle Eastern cooking. In our menu Harisa is used in the Hot Algerian Lasagna and in the Chickpea Soup.

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Comments

  1. Grammie Sue aka Mom aka susan says:

    Great idea making the Turkish Delight again….

    You get started early…what’s Ava doing?

  2. Llokume again? I must be in heaven! ;-)

  3. Some music for your meal. Modern Algerian rai music, from a big live concert where 3 of the top Algerian singers played together:

    http://music.myspace.com/Modules/MusicV2/Pages/PopUpPlayer.aspx?songid=115268&artid=693769

  4. <3

  5. Your Algerian menu is so interesting. I have limited time for cooking the one dish I commit to make (let alone an entire menu – good for you!), and selected a poor recipe resulting in a disappointing dish. Perhaps one day I’ll repeat the countries that didn’t turn out well to try again.

    • I’ve since cut back to 4 dishes per country – otherwise the project just isn’t manageable. The problem is I get so excited about the various dishes, I have a hard time choosing :|

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