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Manakeesh: Pizza, Arab Style

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September 2009

Manakeesh: Pizza, Arab Stylekatrina


Wehbe and Katrina invited us over to their home for a delicious meal of Manakeesh. They served two kinds, the traditional Manakeesh with zataar and the more modern version with cheese and toppings. It is a breakfast food and served with cucumbers, tomatoes, and pickles of all sorts. We had it for dinner, however, and enjoyed it very much.pizzas


Katrina and her sons prepared two kinds of Manakeesh, zataar Manakeesh and pizza Manakeesh.


Manakeesh is quite easy to prepare. Here are the recipes for you to try.


8 cups flour
5 tsp. yeast
2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. sugar
3 cups water

Combine first 4 ingredients. Slowly add water and knead. Divide into 12 baseball-sized balls. Let rise in a warm place for an hour. In an Arab kitchen, the balls of dough would typically be placed in the middle of a clean sheet on the kitchen counter.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray cooking sheet with Pam. Roll dough into circles. Place on cooking sheet and press finger dents into dough so they don't make a pocket (this is the same recipe for pita bread).


Pizza Manakeesh

Top the dough with tomato paste, provolone cheese, and toppings (mushrooms and/or green olives). Bake for 10 minutes.

Zataar Manakeesh

Top the dough with the mixture of zataar and olive oil.
Bake for 10 minutes.


Zataar Manakeesh
Table prepared with cucumbers, tomatoes, and pickles
Andrea, Wehbe, Jerius, Gibran, Ihab, Katrina


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