Sabrina Ghayour recipes: Quick-fix suppers with a Middle Eastern flavour

Spice it up with these delicious Sabrina Ghayour recipes from new cookbook Simply, perfect for a speedy supper that’s packed with flavour.

Sabrina Ghayour recipes
Kris Kirkham

Sabrina Ghayour recipes from Simply: Easy Everyday Dishes

Slow-cooked butterbeans with oregano, tomatoes and garlic

I am a recent convert to dried beans and sometimes they really are worth the extra time. I like a little bite in my beans, which canned beans lack, so this garlicky, sauce-laden baked delight is one example where your time is well spent. It’s hearty but not heavy; rich – only in a really good way – and ideal for sharing.

Sabrina Ghayour slow cooked butterbeans
Kris Kirkham

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Mozzarella, olive and za’atar pizzettes

I came up with these when I needed to use up some mozzarella and I resorted to raiding my spice rack. It’s a marriage of the Lebanese mana’eesh (za’atar-rubbed breads) and the humble Italian pizza, but ultimately very different to both of them. These are stupidly simple and surprisingly delicious – my two favourite qualities in a good recipe.

Sabrina Ghayour pizzettes
Kris Kirkham

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Turmeric chicken kebabs

Turmeric really is the key ingredient in this fragrant chicken marinade, which is paired with the vibrant citrus zing of lime and the sweet, rounded finish of honey. These kebabs can be cooked either on the hob, in the oven or on a barbecue (see tip, below), and are so versatile they can be served with wraps, rice, fries or just on their own.

Sabrina Ghayour turmeric chicken kebabs
Kris Kirkham

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Yogurt and spice roasted salmon

I love to cook salmon in the oven. It’s lazy, quick, works really well and you don’t need any oil as salmon is naturally fatty and delicious. These little salmon bites are something I’ve made time and time again, and this method of roasting them at a high temperature ensures you get a little charring on the outside yet perfectly cooked salmon on the inside. Leftovers also make a great addition to your lunchbox the next day.

Sabrina ghayour yogurt and spice roasted salmon
Kris Kirkham

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Spice-rubbed spatchcocked poussin

The joy of a poussin is that it cooks in half the time of a normal-sized chicken. Spatchcocking a poussin reduces the cooking time further still and makes for a wonderful, evenly cooked bird with lovely crisp skin and juicy, tender meat. If that’s not fast food, then I don’t know what is.

Sabrina Ghayour's spice-rubbed spatchcocked poussin
Kris Kirkham

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Beetroot and feta lattice

It’s no secret that I always keep vacuum-packed cooked beetroot and feta cheese in my refrigerator at all times. They have saved me from going hungry on many occasions and are actually rather wonderful paired together, especially in salads. But sometimes you want something warm and comforting. That perfect balance of a sweet, salty and creamy filling encased in puff pastry is comfort food personified. Hot or cold, side dish or main, it’s a winner.

Sabrina ghayour beetroot and feta lattice
Kris Kirkham

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Chorizo, goat’s cheese and cumin borek

This wonderful combination of smoky, spiced chorizo and cumin-spiked, creamy goat’s cheese is a winner. Chorizo really is such a fantastic ingredient and its capability to deliver bags of flavour to anything it comes into contact with always makes it a crowd-pleaser and a refrigerator staple in my household.

Sabrina ghayour chorizo goat's cheese and cumin borek
Kris Kirkham

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Kabab koobideh

For Persians, kabab koobideh is an institution. The word ‘kebab’ (or kabab, as Persians call it) means ‘to grill’, usually over fire. The first kebabs were made by Persian soldiers who would grill meats on their swords, hence the traditional flat skewers Persians use today – you can buy them online if you want to serve them this way. Although we only have a few different varieties of kebab, for me, this is the simplest yet most delicious.

kabab koobideh
Kris Kirkham

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Lamb and mint kofte

These simple yet delicious little lamb kofte are based on something I tasted in a restaurant in the city of Antioch in southern Turkey and make use of dried mint – a wonderfully versatile ingredient. These kofte really are pleasingly straightforward and a recipe that I’ve made many times since coming back from that trip.

Sabrina Ghayour lamb kofte
Kris Kirkham

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Now buy the book with £7 off

Sabrina Ghayour recipesSimply: Easy Everyday Dishes by Sabrina Ghayour will be published by Mitchell Beazley on 20 August, price £26. To order a copy for £18.99 until 30 August go to whsmith.co.uk and enter the code YOUSIMPLY at the checkout. Book number: 9781784725167. For terms and conditions, see whsmith.co.uk/terms