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Community Picks Recipe Testing—Middle Eastern Recipes

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It's that time again—help us pick the contest finalists for Your Best Middle Eastern Recipe!


Any Food52 member is welcome to help us test our Community Pick candidates, so go call dibs on the recipe you'd like to test that's in the list below! We'd love to see some new testers in the mix—remember, we accept up to 3 testers per recipe. And, if the recipe ends up being a Community Pick, we'll publish the best headnote, so make your notes count! Don't forget to email us your notes (no more than 100 words) to [email protected] by this coming Thursday, August 20th, at 5pm (EST). 

When you've figured out which recipes are calling your name, sign up by following the link to that recipe's page. There, just above the comments, you'll see a "Test This Recipe" button. Your job is easy: Just click the button, and you’ll receive a confirmation email that officially crowns you a Food52 community tester. If for some reason you decide you cannot test, simply press the button again, and your name will be removed from the list. Act fast—this button will disappear on the Tuesday before your testing notes are due. 

We'll collect your comments, name the finalists and official Community Picks, and publish the best headnote for each Community Pick (with credit, of course!). If the recipe you test isn't chosen as a Community Pick, please feel free to leave your testing notes in the recipe's comments section. Constructive criticism is always encouraged!

Photo by Alpha Smoot

The testing period for this contest has closed.

Chocolate-Covered Almond Halvah
Cool Cucumber Soup with Persian Flavors
Hemy's Israeli Eggplant
Lamb Dumplings with Cucumber Vinegar Dipping Sauce
Moroccan Honeyed Duck with Orange Blossoms
North African Grilled Chicken Salad
Peach-Raspberry Dolma with White Chocolate and Candied Nuts
Persian Chicken Stew in Walnut and Pomegranate Sauce (Fesenjan)
Pucker-Up Lemon Sumac Chicken with Lemon Herb Board Sauce
Roasted Eggplant with Thousand and One Night Glaze
Roasted Potatoes with Za'atar
Rockin' The Casbah Lamb Shanks
Savoury Baklava
Spice-Roasted Cauliflower with Pine Nuts and Tahini Drizzle
Spiced Beef Filled Rice Patties
Spiced Lamb in Orange Scented Honey Phyllo
Tabbouleh Tacos with Tahini-Garlic Dressing
Tabbouleh with cauliflower "rice"
Tahini Date Shake

Tags: Community, Contest