Monday, June 5, 2017

Flatbread with Mediterranean Burgers

My son has spent the last 10 months in Israel studying his gap year abroad.  When went to visit him and January we ate our way thru the country.  One of my favorite places to stop while in Israel is at the shuk at Machane Yehuda in Jerusalem, where you can buy different spice blends and bring home a taste of Israel with you.  This dinner is reminiscent of some of those flavors and even if you don't go to the shuk to buy spices you can still buy these at your local grocery store.

Flatbread -

3 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp. dry yeast
2 tsp. sugar
2Tbs Olive oil
1 1/4 cup warm water
1/2 tsp salt

Mix together the flour, yeast and sugar.  Add in the oil and slowly add the water.  Lastly mix in the salt. Mix together to form dough.  Allow to rise covered for 30 minutes.  Divide dough into 10 balls.  Roll each one into a small round and allow to sit for another 15 minutes.  In a hot frying pan (no oil) fry each round for 1-2 minutes per side.

Mediterranean Burgers

1.5 lbs chopped meat
1/2 cup chopped parsley
1 small onion finely chopped
1 tsp Baharat - a middle eastern spice blend - you can buy at most kosher groceries of make your own using corriander, allspice, ginger, cloves and nutmeg
1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
2 Tbsp olive oil

Combine all ingredients together.  Shape into oval burgers and grill in a grill pan or on the BBQ until done.

Serve with Israeli salad for a complete meal.