Halal Pantry

Homemade Croutons

Homemade Croutons | My Halal Kitchen

Making croutons for things like salads or stuffing is so easy, you seriously never have to buy it in the store. Ever! All you need is a loaf of rustic bread- French or Italian are great- and an oven (even a toaster oven would work). Get the recipe below… Now you can use the croutons in your favorite salads, stuffing and even ... Read More »

Pine Nuts

Pine Nuts | Halal Pantry- My Halal Kitchen

Pine nuts, often referred to as pignole (Italian) in the culinary world, are a beautiful addition to so many of my favorite recipes. Pine nuts are the seed from pine cones of the pinyon tree or stone pine, which produce larger seeds that the type of pine trees in the Midwest and the main reason we can’t just grow pine nuts ... Read More »

Fig, Pine Nut, Garlic & Herb Stuffing

Mediterranean Ingredients

Every good bird would love to have some stuffing alongside it, right? Well, there are tons of ways to make a great stuffing so you really can choose the ‘additions’ to the bread portions as you see fit (mostly dry goods) so in my case, I pulled from my Mediterranean heritage and decided to add dried figs, pine nuts, sage, thyme ... Read More »

Jalapeño-Garlic Mayonnaise {Homemade Recipe}

CB1

Making mayonnaise at home is SO super easy to do. The only trick is that you have to have all your ingredients ready to go and you have to be ready to work fast at the right time. Let me show you how. You can basically add anything you want to mayo. This particular one looks more on the yellow ... Read More »

Angus Beef Burger with Cheese

CB13

While grilling season may seem like it’s winding down or at a complete dead halt here in Chicago (we got a sudden cold spell), the weather usually takes a turn upwards again and we get a streak of a couple of hot (or at least some very warm days) where everyone wants to grill something. This recipe is the perfect ... Read More »

Zaffron

Zaffron, also known as azafran or osfer, are actually the threads of the safflower plant and serve as a common alternative to the expensive threads of the crocus flower, saffron. It does not have the same flavor as saffron, but it will color foods in a similar way. You can typically find these threads in Mexican stores as well as Middle Eastern or Mediterranean markets in the ... Read More »

Sejouk (Spicy Sausage)

spicy sausages | my halal kitchen

Sejouk (also known as sudjuk, sujuk, basterma or merguez) is a spicy version of sausage that is common in Middle Eastern cuisine, stemming from places like Morocco, Algeria, Turkey, Bosnia, Albania and more. They are not made from pork, but typically beef and sometimes a lamb-beef mixture with an addition of spices like smoked paprika for flavor and color. Read More »

Quail Eggs

Quail Eggs | My Halal Kitchen Pantry

Quail eggs are tiny eggs that can be cooked just like your average egg, although some chefs like to add it raw to many dishes. If you decide to eat it raw, make sure you have purchased it from an absolutely reliable and clean source. Quail eggs are commonly found in Asian markets and may also be purchased through your ... Read More »

Preserved Lemons

Preserved Lemons | My Halal Kitchen Pantry

If there’s one ingredient that says “Moroccan cooking” it’s preserved lemons. They’re smaller than most lemons found in the U.S. and also sweeter. Traditionally preserved in salt and lemon juice, they are used in tagines, stews and other dishes after the lemons have had time to sit in a tightly sealed jar for several weeks. Once the jar is opened ... Read More »

Ostrich Eggs

Ostrich Eggs | My Halal Kitchen Pantry

Ostrich eggs might not even be on your radar as anything other than what you might see at a zoo, but kid you not they are available if you seek them out. I found these at Chicago’s Green City Indoor Market in the winter (2011) and was amazed at the size and the seriousness of the vendor selling them- apparently, ... Read More »