Ah Summertime! My favorite time for cooking out on the grill, with so many possibilities of delicious flavors.
It’s no secret to my readers that I love Mexican cuisine, however I was inspired by the ingredients I found at Compare Foods to create a new spin on a classic favorite. Who doesn’t love a taco? All those delicious flavors layered together, this inspired me to take this concept and create the perfect Middle Eastern fusion recipe.
The fusion recipe I have created here brings together familiar components of thinly sliced beef, a delicious sauce, and salad on a base of a taco or in a pita bread. What makes it a fusion recipe is the flavor experience of the Middle East, harnessing flavors such as pomegranate, coriander, garlic, and of course Labneh.
Shopping at Compare Foods for Fusion Recipe Ingredients
One of my favorite stores to shop at is Compare Foods in Charlotte, NC, love to browse the aisles and discover new flavors and spices! In the produce section I always find an abundance of the freshest produce, and uncommon items such as verdalange (purslane) not easily found elsewhere.
In the butchery section at Compare Foods, you will find a large selection of fresh meats, prepared daily, thinly sliced and recipe ready. The fusion recipe I created is part Shish Kabob, part Shawarma; thin slices of top sirloin, in a zippy marinade, with reduced pomegranate juice, coriander, ginger, lime and chili.
The Creation of the ‘Shabob’
If you’ve ever eaten a Shawarma you know how delicious the thinly shaved meat from the rotating skewer is. I got to thinking about how I could create the same effect at home for my fusion recipe.
I found the perfect solution at Compare Foods with the variety of fresh thinly sliced beef from the butchery department. The delicious pomegranate lime marinade added layers of flavor. Threaded on double skewers the ‘Shabob‘ is grilled to perfection, thinly sliced just like a Shawarma, and ready to be served in variety of ways. I think I hit a home run, we all loved it and I hope you will too!
A Labneh Fusion Recipe
To make a great taco or pita wrap you always need a fantastic sauce, and this is where this fusion recipe I created with cilantro and roasted garlic really fits the bill. Labneh is simply yogurt, which has been strained for several hours, to separate the liquid whey. The result is a divine thick yogurt perfect to mix in your fusion recipe flavor of choice.
Roasting garlic mellows the flavors and pairs beautifully with the liveliness of cilantro in this Labneh fusion recipe.
Quick Pickled Onions – The Star of the Show
I learned something really valuable about onions, if you give them a quick dip in boiling water before adding to your recipe you loose the aggressive bite that tends to overtake the whole dish and turns your onions into the delicious star of the show.
The final layer of this delicious fusion recipe is a cool cucumber salad with quick pickled red onions. You’re going to want to make a large jar of these onions and enjoy them on a variety of dishes.
Here’s a video for you that shows you how to put all the steps of this fusion recipe together. I hope you have as much fun making this as I did creating it, let me know in the comments below how you like it and I would love to see your photos!
I hope to see you shopping at Compare Foods for my next delicious dish!
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