Manakeesh

Manakeesh

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  • Easy
  • Serves 4

Fill flatbreads with a za'atar dressing and salty feta, then griddle until toasted for a delicious brunch or light lunch packed with Middle Eastern flavours

  • Vegetarian
Nutrition: per serving
NutrientUnit
kcal761
fat54g
saturates14g
carbs47g
sugars9g
fibre5g
protein20g
salt2.6g
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Ingredients

  • lavash or wholemeal khobez flatbreads (see tips)
  • 200g pack feta

For the Turkish salad

For the garlic yogurt

For the za'atar dressing

Method

  • STEP 1

    First, make the salad. Add the tomato, cucumber, mint and olives to a large bowl, drizzle over a little balsamic vinegar and some extra virgin olive oil, then mix to combine. Season to taste.

  • STEP 2

    Stir the crushed garlic into the yogurt and mix thoroughly, then season and set aside.

  • STEP 3

    To make the dressing, put the oregano, thyme, olive oil and garlic in a jug and blend with a stick blender. Add the lemon juice, sumac, sesame seeds and some seasoning, and stir well.

  • STEP 4

    Spread one side of each flatbread with 2 heaped tbsp of the za’atar dressing, then top each with a quarter of the feta.

  • STEP 5

    Fold the flatbreads in half or roll up and lightly fry each on both sides in a dry griddle pan over a medium heat until lightly toasted and golden. Keep warm on a low heat in the oven while you fry the others.

  • STEP 6

    Serve with a pile of the Turkish salad, garnished with a dollop of garlic yogurt.

RECIPE TIPS
LAVASH BREAD

At Kiosk (Beth's restaurant), we get lavash bread from a local Turkish bakery – however, you could use flatbreads, tortillas or naan breads instead. If you want to make your own, I recommend using a simple flatbread recipe. I make mine quite wet and roll it out on cornmeal to make it thinner, then fry in a dry frying pan.

ZA’ATAR

Traditionally, the dressing for this dish uses za’atar, a Middle Eastern herb mix of dried thyme, oregano, sesame seeds and sumac. However, when one of our waitresses had a glut of oregano in her garden, we had a go at making our own using fresh herbs. The flavour is smoother and less intense. You’ll make more za’atar than you need for this recipe, so you can use leftovers served on top of roasted feta with the Turkish salad.

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