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Makanek, also called "Makanik" or "Makaneq", are small spicy sausages made from ground beef or mutton mixed with spices and aromatics. They are often enjoyed as an aperitif or in main dishes.

Here is a general description of the Makanek:

Typical ingredients:

  • Ground meat (beef and lamb)
  • Spices (cumin, cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper)
  • Pine nuts
    1. Sausages are usually cooked in a pan until browned and cooked through inside. They can be served alone or with side dishes such as vegetables, pita bread and sauces.

    2. Traditionally, Makanek are often served with sumac, a tangy red spice, and are sometimes accompanied by pickled vegetables and yogurt sauce.

    3. They are appreciated for their spicy flavor and rich aromas, as well as their tender and juicy texture.

    Makanek are a popular delicacy in Lebanese cuisine and are often served at parties, family gatherings and celebrations. They reflect the tradition of Levantine cuisine which uses local spices and ingredients to create delicious and authentic dishes.