Dining at the Global Table: Azerbaijan

By on April 21, 2010

If you like butter, you’re going to love Azerbaijani food. While the Rice Pilaf and the Green Beans are delicious, they utilize a staggering amount of butter. I expect that they could win a title in the Guinness Book of World Records. The pilaf alone calls for two sticks of the edible gold. The green beans? Another 1/2 stick.

Even a bigger shocker is how decidedly “ungreasy” the food is. Rich, yes. Greasy, no. Behold how beautiful the dishes are:

Aside from a genuine appreciation for butter, Azerbaijani enjoy lamb. My favorite part of this entire meal was the Grilled, Ground Lamb Kabobs – excellent with a tray of fresh mint, tarragon, and parsley, yogurt, pita, lavash, tomato, and red onion slices.

If lamb kabobs sound like too much work, just form the meat into patties. You’ll love the mild heat from cayenne pepper and paprika, while grated onion gives the cooked meat a boost of sweetness.

For the full meal review, with recipes, visit http://globaltable.wordpress.com/2010/04/19/monday-meal-review-azerbaijan
To see Ava eating a bit of the non-buttered green beans, check out the video on our Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/video/video.php?v=1395021872368&oid=301917530495

About Sasha Martin http://globaltable.wordpress.com

Do you love International Cuisine? So does Sasha Martin. After all, she lived in Europe for six years and traveled to 11 countries before her 18th birthday. Then, while earning her B.A. at Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT), she wrote an honors thesis entitled “The History of Artisan Bread Baking in France.” After college, Sasha attended the Culinary Institue of America for a year (Hyde Park, NY). In 2005, her CIA internship brought her to Bama Pie’s R&D kitchens, right here in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Not long after she got here, Sasha met the love of her life and decided to stick around. There was just one problem: she missed the foreign foods she grew up with. A lightbult went off when she realized “Hey, I can make international foods right here in Tulsa!” and that’s just exactly what she’s doing.

Today Sasha is on a mission to cook one meal for every country in the world. That’s 195 meals! And, guess what? She’s doing it in 195 weeks. You can can follow her journey at the Global Table or by checking out her weekly update on Wednesday’s here at www.TulsaFood.com

Dining at the Global Table

About Sasha Martin