Instead of serving the usual hamburgers and potato salad, why not celebrate America’s independence with their Armenian-inspired counterparts instead? Your family and guests will thank you for it!
lamb shaped like a sausage) with Yogurt-Garlic Sauce
Potato Salad (no mayonnaise needed!)
|Grilled lule kebab and vegetables.|
You can double the ingredient amounts for a larger crowd.)
(available in Middle Eastern stores – or- tomato paste mixed with a dash of cayenne pepper and paprika may be substituted for the red pepper paste.)
shape the kebabs like sausages — you don’t have to get fancy or worry about
making them perfect, but try to keep the thickness about the same so they cook
(If you’d rather keep these hamburger-shaped, by all
means, do so.)
Since these aren’t flat burgers, turn them periodically so they’ll cook
and cook it in a frying pan.
and onions in olive oil and sprinkled with salt and pepper.
salad and the pilaf of your choice.
the side, if you like.
garlic, and salt. Mix well.
Can be refrigerated for up to 5 days.
use Greek yogurt or labne – or – line a strainer with cheesecloth or coffee
filters. Place the strainer over a bowl. Pour the yogurt into the lined
strainer and place all in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight. Discard
the excess liquid that collected in the bowl, and place the thickened yogurt in
a separate storage container. Keep refrigerated until ready to use.
|Armenian Potato Salad (Photo courtesy of Sonia Tashjian)|
Tomato paste mixed with a dash of cayenne pepper and paprika may be substituted
for the red pepper paste.)
water to thin it out. Set aside.
diluted red pepper paste, and seasonings. Add olive oil; gently toss. Adjust
seasonings, if needed. Add a little lemon juice, if desired.
|Watermelon with Armenian string cheese|
For an effortless
dessert, serve seedless watermelon – sliced or cubed. Served with Armenian
string cheese or Feta cheese, garnished with chopped fresh mint, if you like.
NOTE: Armenian string cheese is sold in Middle Eastern
stores and in some Whole Foods stores.