Snacks and nibbles

Thin Sephardic Moroccan biscuits
Moroccan sweet corner, Snacks and nibbles

Fat-free thin Moroccan Jewish biscuits -Fekkas d’ Lihoud

A while ago, I spotted some moulds of different shapes in Essaouira and when asked, the shop keeper said it was for Fekkas d’lihoud. Now fekkas is a form of Moroccan biscotti and lihoud refers to Jews. Being in Essaouira, I thought it was the place to look for more information about Sephardic cooking. I […]

Moroccan petite fekkas with spicy salami and cheese
Snacks and nibbles

Savoury Moroccan fekkas (biscuits) with spicy salami and cheese

Whenever I make these savoury biscuits called Fekkas, I end up eating more than a handful in one serving. That’s how they are addictive. They can perfectly replace a bowl of salty nuts, chips or pretzels on the table. New Moroccan habits The last 25 to 30 years have seen these savoury bites starting in Casablanca […]

A serving of stuffed Moroccan msemmen with onion and spices
Breads and pancakes, Breakfast, Snacks and nibbles

Stuffed Msemmen with onions and tomatoes

Msemmen is a wonderful North African laminated pancake or bread. It can be enjoyed plain, served with honey or filled with different mixtures. Similar panfried bread can be found in Asia (i.e paratha in India) We love Msemmen so much that we can have it any time of the day along with a glass of […]

Moroccan khlii tartlets
Snacks and nibbles, Starters, Salads and kemia

Lactose-free Moroccan khlii tartlets

Those mini-tartlets with naturally caramelised onions and bits of khlii (which you can replace with smoky bacon) are really irresistible, especially if you serve them along with pickles. I prefer to use this fuss-free dough as a base to make them but you can use a savoury shortcrust of puff pastry dough. This recipe is […]

Moroccan goat rolls or sbiaat jben
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Moroccan goat cheese rolls – sbiaats jben

Saiss Jben is the secret to these Moroccan cheese rolls or as we call them Sbiaats in reference to fingers. Saiss is a fertile geographical area in the Northern part famous for many things, including its goat cheese. To make these Moroccan cheese rolls, you don’t have to go to Fez or Northern Morocco to […]

Pepper and olive tartlets (left)
Snacks and nibbles

Mini tartlets with pepper and black olives

Now that I shared with you the magical lactose-free and fuss-free dough to make sweet and savoury bites such as empanadas, tartes, quiches, let’s start with these mini-tartlets with peppers and olives. They’re easy to make and go down very well. This recipe is freezer-friendly at any stage: either when you make the dough or […]

Lactose-free cooked shells for tartlets and quiches
Snacks and nibbles

Lactose-free dough for tartlets and quiches

These onion tartlets are on their own a good recipe for buffets, snacks and picnics as we like them in Morocco and probably everywhere else. But honestly the star of this post has to be this lactose-free dough has all working for it. It’s fuss-free and forgiving. It works for small moulds and has a […]

Quince turnover or chaussons
Breakfast, Snacks and nibbles

Quince paste turnovers/chaussons

Quince paste turnovers or chaussons has to be the easiest recipe of sweet turnovers. I only use leftover puff pastry dough to make this quick treat. These quince paste turnovers can be served to satisfy a craving for a sweet bite but also served along some strong cheese such as blue cheese. They go well […]

Snacks and nibbles, Starters, Salads and kemia

Moroccan cottage cheese and cold cuts pasties

Using Jben or cottage cheese in savoury baking is a very old Arab tradition and we’re only reshaping the outcome and adding more ingredients. As Ramadan is on its way, many Moroccans are looking for recipes to fill their tables with irresistible food. In our family, we like to serve mini starters along with the […]

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Moroccan steak pasties

If you are in Casablanca, you will always find these nice bites sold either around 10.30 am or around 5 pm in many bakeries, especially the old ones located downtown. The sizes might vary. My dad used to get me big ones (mainly with chicken) whenever he picked me up from my secondary school. I […]