Red Pepper and
    Walnut Dip with
    Fennel Spears
Grilled Lamb Shwarma
Yogurt-Tahini Sauce
Syrian Pita Bread
Grilled Eggplant Salad
Syrian Walnut-
    Semolina Cake with
    Figs and Chocolate



Blending this lightly spiced tahini sauce with whole-milk yogurt makes it extra-creamy. It’s delicious and cooling with the pepper-dusted lamb shwarma.

1/4 cup tahini paste, at room temperature
Juice of half a lemon
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 cups plain whole-milk yogurt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon Aleppo pepper or freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley, for garnish

In a food processor, blend the tahini paste, lemon juice and olive oil until smooth. Add the yogurt and blend the mixture thoroughly. Scrape the tahini sauce into a bowl; stir in the cumin and Aleppo pepper. Season with salt and garnish with the parsley.

The tahini sauce can be refrigerated for up to 3 days. Serve at room temperature.

Recipe by Chris Hanna