I'd never encountered Assyrian food before, but I figured that as the Assyrians live right in the center of the Middle East (mostly in Iraq, Turkey, Iran and Syria) their food would be run-of-the-mill Middle Eastern fare. Some of it, undoubtedly, is; the Assyrians like most Middle Easterns eat baklava, for instance. But I was surprised that most of the dishes I encountered reminded me more of the foods I've eaten growing up in Argentina than those I've tasted in my travels through the Middle East. I don't know whether this is because Assyrians were quick to adapt to the new ingredients introduced from abroad, or whether so many Assyrians live in the US and Europe that their food has adapted to their new home countries. In any case, most of the recipes I found would not be considered exotic in the US or Europe.
Unfortunately, I was not able to find many recipes. The main website for Assyrian food is that of the Assyrian American Association of Modesto and they only have 11 recipes. A few more recipes can be found at the webiste of the Assyrian Society of Canada, but that's about it. That made my choice limited.
I decided to make Assyrian food just for my husband and I. That turned out to be a great decision when it turned out that neither the appetizer or the main dish I made were edible (it's the first time this has happened to me!) - we ended up going out to dinner instead. The dessert, however, was very good and I will make it again.
My final menu consisted of:
- Potato Chap Patties
Meat and potato fritters. They were to be followed by:
- Assyrian Kurush
a meat stew. And for dessert:
- Caramel Custard
Assyrian Food Links