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  Chicken Musakhan Pie (Musakhan Fatayer) One of the most popular Palestinian Arab dishes is Musakhan!   Musakhan - which is considered alon...

Sunday, May 2, 2021

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Chicken Musakhan Pie (Musakhan Fatayer)

One of the most popular Palestinian Arab dishes is Musakhan! Musakhan - which is considered along with Makloobah as the National dishes of Palestine-  is a Palestinian Arab cuisine dish, composed of roasted chicken baked with onions, sumac, allspice over taboon bread (big round thick flat bread). So what we did here is take the Musakhan and make it into chicken pies. Chicken Musakhan will be served in a pie format with same spices and deliciousness ! Try it. The Chicken Musakhan Plate is served with hummus, feta salad and pita bread. Chicken Musakhan Plate is available on the Dinner / EntrĂ©e menu.

Middle Eastern Potato Pie (Fatayer Batata)

Fatayer (middle eastern style pie) comes in many varieties, shapes and flavor. We added fatayer batata (potato pies or savory potato pastry) to the menu.  Simple recipe with cooked / mashed potatoes and spices.  Fatayer Batata is available on the Appetizer Menu.


Kibbeh is a family of dishes based on spiced ground meat, onions, and grain, popular in Middle Eastern cuisine. In Levantine cuisine (Lebanon, Syria and Palestine), kibbeh is usually made by pounding bulgur wheat together with meat into a fine paste and forming it into balls with toasted pine nuts and spices.  Kibbeh is available on the Appetizer menu.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

We survived Covid 19! Get $5 Gift Certificate


Last year was a tough for everyone but we weathered the storm and made it okay. We're back to full operation and full capacity. We thank our customers for their continued support over the past year. Your loyalty is greatly appreciated and clearly, we wouldn't have made it without your support. Thanks you all.  

As a token of our appreciation, we would like text you $5 gift certificate that you can use any time. Simply text "Blog" to 225-223-0879 to receive yours. Again, Thank You. 

Blue Olive Grill Staff

Monday, February 1, 2021

Updated Restaurant Hours


We modified our operating hours just a little bit. 

Lunch hours are still the same 11:00 a.m. - 02:30 p.m. 

Now we open earlier for dinner at 04:00 p.m. (instead of 04:30 p.m.) and we close at 07:30 p.m. (instead of 08:00 p.m.). 

Business Hours are the same Monday - Saturday. 

We are still closed Sundays but bulk / catering orders are always accepted. For Sunday orders please call 225-223-0879 or 972-548-7050 (during restaurant regular business hours).  We only ask that your order must be $100 or more to make it worthwhile for us. Thanks and please text or call 225-223-0879 for any comments and inquires.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

National Dishes of the Middle East

A national dish is a culinary dish that is strongly associated with a particular country. A dish can be considered a national dish for a variety of reasons although many nations have favorite or popular dishes but not necessarily a national dish.

When a Middle Easterner or an Arab think of Mansaf, Jordan instantly comes to mind and same goes to the Egyptian dish Ful Mudammes and the Saudi dish Kabsah. So many of the Middle Eastern nations have their own national dish and some nations boast more than one as in the case with  the Palestinian cuisine.

Of course, not all countries have a national dish and some countries share popular or favorite dishes as in the case with the nations of the Arabian (Persian) Gulf.
Since this is not a food blog, we have no recipes to offer you but there are many food blogs and ton of websites that offer thousands of recipes. 

Here are a few good food blogs: (some are no longer active but they have good archives)

Anissa Helou

Syrian Foodie in London

Turmeric & Saffron

Allrecipes - Middle Eastern Recipes

Hummus with Tabbouleh

Taste of Beirut

Orange Blossom Water

Here is a list of all Middle Eastern countries with their respective national dishes or popular (favorite) dishes. Items in bold indicates an "unofficial" national dish followed by other popular dishes

Jordan - Mansaf, Mjederra, Oozi, Kofta

Lebanon Kibbeh, Tabbouleh, Halawat Al Jebneh, Kofta, Sayadiyah, Sujuk

Egypt - Ful (fool) Muddames, Koshary, Moloukhiya, Falafel

Yemen - Saltah, Mandi, Ogdat

Palestine Makloobah, Musakhan, Falafel,, Knafeh, Mloukhiyah, Mjederra

Oman - Mashuai, Machboos, Shuwa, Kebab (curried)

Syria - Kibbeh, Kebab Halabi, Shanklish, Kofta, Muhammara, Sujuk

Saudi Arabia - Kabsah, Mutabbag, Oozi

Kuwait - Machboos,  Margoog,  Harees, Mutabbag, Balaleet, Quwarmah Ala Dajaj

Bahrain Muhammar, Machboos Margoog,  Harees, Mutabbag

Qatar - Harees, Machboos, Kabsah, Balaleet

United Arab Emirates Popular dishes are blend of the Levant and the Gulf region but Shawarma seems to be UAE's favorite dish!

Morocco - CouscousTajine, Harissa, Harira, B'ssara, Pastilla

Tunisia - Couscous, Lablabi, Harissa, Marqa, Brik, Ojja

Algeria Couscous,  Harisa, Merguez. Harira, Makroudh, Mechoui

Libya - Osban, Asida, Bazeen, Couscous

Iraq Samak Mashouf,  Kleicha, Iraqi Kebab

Sudan Ful (fool) Masri, Kammonia

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Blue Olive Signature Chili Sauce

Our homemade chili sauce has been a great success! Customers love it and many are buying bottles when available at the restaurant. We try to make a large batch whenever possible to satisfy our own needs in the kitchen and also to have available for customers to purchase. But lots of time, the shelves in the restaurant are empty.

Every now and then, a customer asks for the recipe for the chili sauce so they can and try to duplicate in their kitchens. The ingredients are common and most can be found in larger supermarkets but some of the specialty peppers (fresh and dried) we can only get from Asian (Indian or Oriental) markets.  

It took us many months to perfect the sauce in terms of flavor, color, consistency, level of heat and stability. We use no preservatives or additives. All ingredients are natural. The chili sauce is naturally preserved by using salt, citric acid, vinegar (or apple cider vinegar) and cayenne pepper. Shelf life of our sauce is 2-3 months at the most. More if refrigerated.

Basic ingredients

- Chili peppers of different origins and types (fresh and dried - dried chili peppers must be rehydrated before use by soaking in water for 15 or so minutes)

- Garlic (fresh and powder), vinegar, citric acid, sea salt  

- Powders: cayenne, chili, black pepper

- Extra ripe tomatoes, red peppers, onions

- Brown sugar, lime or lemon juice, horseradish and other spices

>> Please note we don't use oil in our recipe but you can if you wish

For flavor variations

For more flavor, a variation of cumin, allspice, cinnamon, cloves can be added according to your own preference. For an amazing garlicky flavor, add roasted garlic and maybe roasted shallots and roasted chili peppers.

For even hotter sauce, use habanero peppers, cayenne pepper or even ghost peppers.
For sweeter chili sauce, add sugar in the finishing stages or honey and of course use milder peppers .

There are ton of recipes online. Go ahead and experiment and share your results. 

Monday, February 3, 2020

Blue Olive Dressing and Marinades


Our line of dressings and sauces are made with All Natural Ingredients! All Gluten Free. No MSG. No Preservatives or Additives; No artificial color or flavor. No added sugar. And all Vegan.

We use natural preservatives like lemon and lime juice, sea salt, fresh garlic, citric acid, cayenne, canola oil, pepper, distilled vinegar, apple cider or red wine vinegar, and a variety of spices (cloves, oregano, cinnamon, cumin)

We pride ourselves of making our own Greek dressing (vinaigrette) as well as our own chicken and lamb marinades. We make those twice or more a week to satisfy our kitchen and customer needs. Our dressing and marinades are made here in our kitchen from scratch. No preservative, no additives, no artificial colors or anything.

Greek Dressing Vinaigrette Ingredients: fresh garlic, canola oil, oregano, mint, salt, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, citric acid, salt, and other spices

Chicken Marinade: fresh garlic, onions, salt, black pepper, cayenne or chili pepper, paprika, turmeric, citric acid, ginger, oregano, mint. allspice, lemon juice, red wine vinegar (or white vinegar) and other spices