It’s been awhile since I did a potluck post. The reality is that while we are entering year three of our monthly potlucks I myself do not always have the chance to attend them. I was happy however to attend last night’s Middle Eastern Potluck though, which was one of our last outdoor hurrahs of the season. It was one of our biggest events ever, with almost 20 attendees, and the food was spectacular!
We kept the theme pretty lax, both Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine were considered appropriate since the two styles are so similar and intermingled. The focus was on BBQ foods or accompaniments, and the menu was extensive:
Sauces: Homemade Garlic sauce and yogurt sauce
Drinks: Black tea with cinnamon sticks and mint.
Middle Eastern food is a satisfying balance of intense seasoning and fresh ingredients, and is typically gluten free with little to no modification. The only two items NOT gluten free at this potluck were the pita and crackers. Just two pointer though: be sure your spices are gluten free (most companies will have a statement on their website or will know if they are) and if you are using a grill at a park or one you are not familiar with be sure to grill on tin foil or your own metal grill cover.
The group decided the recipe to share was that of the ‘Sexy Cabbage’, which is from a book I reviewed a few years ago called A Gluten Free Taste of Turkey. This recipe claims to make cabbage tolerable to even the biggest cabbage hater out there, and it definitely did, so here it is:
1 onion sliced thinly
Serves 4 as a meze (small meal)