Top Rated Armenian Recipes

Kufteh (Armenian Stuffed Meatballs)
Doug and I have been experimenting with some of our favorite Armenian recipes to reduce fat and cholesterol. We've taken the traditional recipe for kufteh — Armenian stuffed meatballs — and replaced the ground lamb and butter with ground turkey and olive oil. We think the results are pretty darn good! Serve with plain yogurt, a chopped salad, and pita bread. Try it. If you still prefer the old style, just substitute ground lamb or beef for turkey — but be sure it's very lean and ground three times.
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Armenian recipe preparations tend to be time-consuming. Never wanting to spend any more time in the kitchen than necessary, shortcuts had to be created for some of our family favorites. Without a doubt, the most popular Armenian dessert is paklava (baklava to non-Armenians). Flaky, buttery layers of phyllo dough, with a center layer of chopped nuts and cinnamon, then drizzled with a simple syrup. Love it, but this takes too long, so here’s what I do to save time… Instead of using phyllo dough sheets for this baklava, I purchase bite-sized, premade phyllo cups (15-count per box) in the freezer section of my local grocery store. What a time-saver! This works in other recipes, too. Click here to see What Is... Baklava?
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Dress up your vegetables using this salad recipe. It'll give that extra crunch and sweetness from the watermelon and pistachios. 
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Margie, a reader of our blog from Pennsylvania, had a special request for us — to help find a recipe her grandmother used to make. The recipe, bishi, is deep-fried dough — lighter than doughnuts, more like a crueller sprinkled with sugar. This is a slight variation of a recipe from our cousin, Alice Bakalian. Click here to read about how bishi is also Kim Kardashian's favorite dessert. 
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