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Ana Sortun

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    Mediterranean Makeover

    Upgrade your vegetables with bold Middle Eastern flavors.

  • Recipe

    Imam Bayaldi (Stuffed Eggplant)

    The name of this famous Turkish dish implies it was so good that “the imam fainted.” I hope you won’t keel over, but you’re sure to delight in the contrast…

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    Roasted Beet Muhammara

    The traditional way to make muhammara, a classic Syrian spread, is with roasted peppers, but this delicious version swaps in earthy beets. Its vibrant color, matched by its deep flavor,…

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    Crispy Potatoes with Lemon and Lots of Oregano

    Few flavors evoke the Mediterranean as intensely as oregano. Here, a small handful of the dried herb adds an intoxicating aroma to crisp fried potatoes in a lemony vinaigrette. If…

  • Recipe

    Shredded Romaine and Cucumber Salad with Yogurt Dressing

    This is one of the most requested recipes at Oleana, thanks in no small part to the fresh herbs, which make each bite an explosion of flavor. Don’t be stingy…

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    Persian-Style Carrots and Black-Eyed Peas

    A mix of sweet, warming spices and a burst of saffron complement the carrots while peas absorb and reinforce the flavors in this evocative dish. I like to serve this…

  • Recipe

    Snap Peas with Turkish Tarator Sauce

    Sometimes a vegetable is so perfect that you don’t want to do much to it. Such is the case when local snap peas arrive in the spring—just blanch them briefly…

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    Sweet Potato-Chickpea Dolmas with Spinach and Crispy Mushrooms

    “Dolma” comes from the Arabic word for “something stuffed.” Grape leaves filled with ground lamb, rice, onions, and currants are among the most popular dolmas, but there are a variety…

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    Yufka (Turkish Flatbread)

    This easy-to-make flatbread is sturdy enough to hold the filling for a shawarma sandwich, but thin enough that it doesn’t overwhelm them.

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    Braised Lamb Shawarma

    The components for these scrumptious sandwiches can be prepared ahead, making shawarma easy to assemble for a special lunch or dinner. You can find pomegranate molasses and tahini at a…