This fragrant all-purpose Lebanese spice blend is the secret to enhancing your grilled meats, soups, roasts and other Middle Eastern specialties.
As a busy mother of two young boys under the age of 3, I have become a bit of a master in turning my family’s traditional Middle Eastern recipes into quick and easy weeknight dishes. In fact, I often joke that I am in favor of anything that helps me get dinner on the table before the meltdown train leaves the station.
For example, my mother and aunts have been preparing traditional Lebanese Green Beans and Beef for years but I was the first to turn it into a hands-off slow cooker dish. I promise it’s just as good as the classic because my family would be the first to tell me if it wasn’t, trust me on that one.
To help kick off McCormick’s American Homemade Program, I decided to create a simple, 5 ingredient All Purpose Lebanese Spice Blend made with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, salt, and pepper. Here is my video showing just how easy it is to prepare:
It couldn’t be any easier to make and the versatility is astounding. I love making it in bulk, stashing it in the pantry, and grabbing it whenever I am craving Lebanese food.
We love using this spice blend to flavor Hushwee (Ground Beef with Toasted Pine Nuts), Sfeehas (Lebanese Meat Pies), Grilled Kafta Patties, Beef or Chicken Shawarma and so much more. Try it in Lamb Dumplings in Garlic Yogurt Sauce or Kibbeh Meatballs with Spice Yogurt Sauce.
1 serving will cover 1 pound of meat. The recipe can easily be doubled, tripled or even multiplied by ten.
Spice blend will keep for up to six months stored in an air-tight container at room temperature.
All Purpose Lebanese Spice Blend
- 1 tablespoon Ground Cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon Pure Ground Black Pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon Ground Allspice
- Combine all ingredients and store in an airtight container until you're ready to use.
- Recipe is designed for one pound of meat.
- It is four total servings.
- The recipe can easily be doubled, tripled, or even multiplied by ten.
- Spice blend will keep for up to six months stored in an air-tight container at room temperature.