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This blog started out as a way for me to display and sell my handmade jewelry creations. I have set up shop on Etsy.com, where my shop name is "Dreamin of Beadin". The link to my Etsy store is located on the right hand side of this page. Please check me out!! If jewelry's not your thing, then check out the site anyway ~ there are plenty of talented artists selling lots of cool things there. For your reading pleasure, this blog will serve as a sneak peek into what's going on "behind the scenes" in my world. I love to cook, so there will be plenty of recipes, as well as product reviews and the occasional product giveaway (woo hoo!) I also love to take pictures of anything and everything, and I just bought a new camera, so there will be plenty of photos. And I like wine too, so things could get pretty interesting . . . Thank you for your support of me, Etsy and "all things handmade" :)

3.14.2009

Chicken Shwarma with Garlic Tahini ~ Your tastebuds will dance!

I am lucky to live in an area that is filled with a very diverse assortment of restaurants. There's Indian, Vietnamese, Thai, Polish ~ you name it, just about every type of cuisine one could want is readily available. I especially love Middle Eastern food, so we eat it as often as possible. Recently, I was inspired to re-create a favorite dish at home.
The Chicken Shwarma I'm used to getting is thinly sliced, deliciously seasoned, and usually wrapped in pita with pickles and the most heavenly garlic sauce I've ever had in my life. I was so delighted when I found "Chicken Shwarma Seasoning" at my local spice store. So, for the dish that is pictured, I cheated by simply marinating some chicken breasts in the seasoning along with white vinegar, olive oil and water. I would imagine the seasoning contains spices like cardamom and allspice. I'm still searching for an authentic Chicken Shwarma recipe, so if you have one, please share!
I will happily share the recipe used to make the Garlic Tahini, which is the sauce that puts this dish over the top. Tahini is a sauce or paste that is made from ground sesame seeds. It is a common ingredient in many Middle Eastern dishes. You should be able to find this in a speciality food store or even the ethnic food aisle of your grocery store.
Garlic Tahini
5 garlic cloves, coarsley chopped
1/3 c. tahini
1/3 c. lemon juice (preferably freshly squeezed)
1/3 c. extra virgin olive oil
1/3 c. water
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper
Directions:
In a blender, puree the garlic with the tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, water, salt and pepper until smooth. If the sauce appears thick, add water. Scrape the sauce into a bowl and serve. Can be refrigerated for one week. Bring to room temperature and stir before serving.
This recipe will result in a sauce that is a bit runny (compared to what I am used to, at least). Plain yogurt can be used in place of the EVOO and water, if desired. You really can't go wrong with it!
Serve the chicken and sauce on pita bread with tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers or pickles ~ whichever you prefer!

2 comments:

jacjewelry said...

This looks so good - shwarma is one of my favorites, and I'd love to learn how to make the meat at home! That tahinis sauce is great, too - and it's also an ingredient in hummus. Thanks for sharing!

A Pinch Of Cheer Handmade Accents said...

Ooohh! This looks yummy!