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Middle Eastern

These 4 easy middle eastern apple appetizers are replete with deep flavours, exotic scents and middle eastern spices.

- 300 g Greek yogurt – ½ teaspoon Cinnamon ground – Extra virgin olive oil – Flaky sea salt – 2 Cosmic Crisp apples – Crackers

Make labaneh dip overnight Lay out two layers of cheesecloth over a strainer, and pour the yogurt into it. Tie the yogurt in the cheesecloth, creating a little sack that can be hung up. Hang cheesecloth with yogurt to dry over a sink for at least eight hours, and up to 24 hours.

Flavour labaneh dip Add ½ teaspoon of cinnamon and ¼ teaspoon of salt to your freshly made homemade labaneh. Mix well to incorporate.

Dress crackers Smear about a teaspoon of labaneh dip on your favourite crackers. Top each cracker with two or three thin slices of apple.

Finish off with salt, a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a pinch more cinnamon.

To make Ras El Hanout spice mix: – 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg – 1 teaspoon ground coriander – 1 teaspoon ground cumin – 1 teaspoon ground ginger – 1 teaspoon salt – ½ teaspoon ground black pepper – ½ teaspoon cinnamon – ¼ teaspoon cloves – ¼ teaspoon cardamom – ½ teaspoon cayenne

For apple cheddar appetizer spears: – 100 g cheddar preferably aged, cubed – 1 Cosmic Crisp apple cubed – Honey

Make ras-el-hanout spice blend If you want to just buy ras-el-hanout, be my guest. But if you have a relatively well-stocked spice cabinet and you'd rather utilize what you get, then just mix your own ras-el-hanour spice blend!

Combine all the spices listed above in a bowl or jar, and mix well. The amount specified above makes double what you need for this recipe. You can use the remainder in the shawarma chicken apple skewers below, or just add ras-el-hanout in your favourite stew recipe.

Arrange a cube of cheddar, and top it with a cube of apple. Spear with a cocktail pick. Repeat until all out of Apple and cheddar.

Lay spears on a plate, sprinkle with ras-el-hanout spice blend, and drizzle with honey. Enjoy!

– 400 g chicken breast or boneless thighs cubed – 2 Cosmic Crisp apples cubed – ½ a lemon – Oil – Tahini blended with water optional – 2 TBs shawarma seasoning for shawarma seasoning, take 2 TBs ras el hanout spice mixture and add ½ teaspoon paprika and ½ teaspoon turmeric.

Make shawarma spice blend For the easiest way of making my shawarma spice blend, just take your leftover ras-el-hanout blend and add ½ teaspoon paprika and ½ teaspoon turmeric to it. Blend well to combine.

Cook chicken Preheat a pan to medium high heat. Add 2 tablespoons of oil. Add cubed chicken and saute for a couple of minutes, stirring a couple of times, until the outside of the chicken has turned white. Add shawarma seasoning and more salt, and stir well to combine. Continue cooking until chicken is cooked through, 4-5 minutes.

Assemble chicken apple appetizer skewers Arrange a cube of chicken, and top it with a cube of apple. Spear with a cocktail skewer. Drizzle with a squirt of lemon.


– 1 Cosmic Crisp apple cut into slices – 2 tablespoons Greek style whole yogurt – 3 tablespoons almond butter – 2 tablespoons honey – 1 tablespoon pepitas pumpkin seeds – 5 sprigs of fresh thyme stems removed – flaky sea salt

Arrange apples on a plate

For the prettiest presentation, arrange thinly sliced apple in a concentric spiral on a white plate. For a more rustic look, haphazardly arrange overlapping slices on a wooden cutting board; don't worry about how they look - it'll end up beautiful.

Drizzle apple slices with almond butter, yogurt and honey (if your yogurt is very thick, you may need to thin it with a bit of water).

Sprinkle pepitas (pumpking seeds). Top with a pinch of salt (preferably flaky sea salt). Finish sweet apple nachos with thyme leaves.