Yotam Ottolenghi has a lot to answer for. The chef’s cookbooks started a revolution in kitchen cupboards across the nation, where ingredients like sumac, Aleppo chilli flakes and pomegranate molasses are now permanent residents. Now Waitrose has launched its first-ever combined range with John Lewis to help shoppers put on the ultimate mezze feast packed with flavours from the Levant. Here’s our pick of what’s new


Shakshuka Egg 

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A Middle Eastern take on a scotch egg, this snack surrounds a soft poached egg with spiced tomato, pepper and bulgur so it’s vegetarian-friendly. 

Chargrilled Chicken with Fruity Saffron Sauce

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Honey, saffron and sumac flavour this chargrilled chicken dish, which Waitrose recommends serving hot as a starter. 


Spiced Lamb Pastries

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Inspired by Lebanese fatayer, these pastries are filled with spiced lamb and pomegranate molasses and can be eaten as a snack or as part of a mezze table. 

Houmous with Chickpeas and Spicy Zhoug

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It couldn’t be a Levantine range without a healthy serving of zhoug. This “velvety” houmous is topped with spice-roasted chickpeas and a drizzle of the spicy herb paste. 

Beetroot, Yogurt & Sumac Dip

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This dip brings a pop of colour to the mezze table. It’s a medley of Middle Eastern flavours, says Waitrose, combining pickled, roasted and raw beetroot and spiced with sumac, cumin, cardamom and coriander. It can be used as a dip for bread or as accompaniment to kebabs, grilled meat or fish.


Halloumi Filo Pastries

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Sigara böreği, or “cheese rolls” are a popular snack in the Middle East. Waitrose’s interpretation fills the filo with halloumi, mint and lemon with an Aleppo chilli flake topping. 


Freekeh, Black Rice and Chickpeas in a Sumac Dressing

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Freekeh, a green wheat with a nutty flavour, is the star of this hot or cold salad, alongside chickpeas and black rice, seasoned with cinnamon and sumac. 


Sumac Chicken & Fruity Couscous

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The second salad in the range, this couscous-based dish features sumac chicken, pickled red cabbage and comes with a turmeric and chickpea dip.


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