AVOCADO APPETIZER (ABAKADOO MA' TAHEENA)

 

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Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons taheena (see recipe)
  • 1 large or 2 medium avocados
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Pinch cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika

Directions

  • Place the lemon juice and taheena in a blender and blend for a moment; then set aside.
  • Pit and peel the avocados and cut into pieces, then add them with the remaining ingredients — except the paprika — to the lemon juice/taheena mixture and blend into a smooth paste.
  • Place on a flat serving platter and sprinkle with the paprika.
  • Can be served as is, or chilled.

Notes

This is a local avocado appetizer in Syria and Lebanon & it's super yummy. I nice appetizer that's easy to make, a real crowd pleaser and will seem like you slaved away in the kitchen for hours.

From "From the Lands of Figs and Olives" by Habeeb Salloum and James Peters

Yield: 1 cup

Categories: Appetizer  Dip  Middle Eastern 
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