Friday, March 6, 2009

Tasty Tasty Treats

As I mentioned before, exposing you (my fellow American) to Az culture is one of my PC jobs. Not only does it give you an insight into another neck of the woods, but it also allows you to share in my experiences as PCV.

So, with that in mind, here is another radtacular Az recipe:Qutab (pronounced gutab)

Dough: flour, water, salt

Filling: ground meat (use something with a high fat content), minced onion and salt.

Make the dough by combining a couple cups of flour, warm water and salt. In a separate bowl, combine ground meat, minced onion and salt*.

Separate dough intoballs about the size of tennis balls. Roll each ball into a flat round, about 1/4 to 1/8 inch thick. On half the circle, spread a spoonful of filling. Seal by folding in half and pressing edges together.

On a stove (or a fire), turn a wok upside down (a skillet will also work). Once the wok is hot, toss on the filled dough. Brown each side (about 1-2 minutes per side).

Serve immediately with sumac (and a bit of butter).

*There are many variations for qutab. A popular treat in my house is pureed pumpkin, sugar and cinnamon. Also popular, a feta-like cheese and greens (parsley, cilantro, basil) or pomegranate seeds and minced onion.