Christmas Eve and Armenian Christmas Day include Nevik (spelling varies!) and Anoush Abour.
|Nevik, an Armenian Christmas Eve specialty|
|Anoush Abour, literally meaning ‘sweet soup’ which is traditionally served on Armenian Christmas Day – January 6th.|
For a delicious addition to your celebration menu – or
anytime, you might like to try these lamb meatballs with pomegranate glaze as an appetizer. This recipe was adapted from one found in the NY Times. For a little something extra, prepare a minty-yogurt sauce to serve as a dip.
|Lamb Meatballs with Pomegranate Glaze (Photo from the NY Times)|
1/2 tsp. lemon zest
1 to 2 tsp. lemon juice
molasses (sold in Middle Eastern stores, or you can make your own)
mint, salt, and pepper until combined. Form into 1-inch meatballs.
heat. Arrange meatballs so that they are not touching. Cook on all sides until
browned on the surface and cooked through in the center. (About 7-10 minutes.)
NOTE: If meatballs begin to get too brown, reduce heat to prevent burning.
Arrange meatballs on a serving dish and brush with pomegranate molasses.
Minty Yogurt Sauce
(Make this at least one hour before serving so that flavors can combine.)
3/4 cup plain yogurt
dash of kosher salt
3 Tbsp. fresh mint, finely chopped, or 1 tsp. dried mint, crushed
Mix the ingredients together until blended. Cover and refrigerate until serving time.