The Lechasseurs' Recipes

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Dinner

Barbecue Rub and Sauce

Use it on ribs, pork shoulders, chickens-anything you want to taste like American barbecue. Use 2 to 3 teaspoons per pound of meat. A 4-pound chicken will take 1/2 to 2 tablespoons. You'll find hickory-smoked salt available in the spice rack of most supermarkets. To make a spicier rub, substitute hot paprika for some or all of the sweet paprika.

Vegetable Maafé

"A great maafé effortlessly balances sweet, savory, earthy and spicy. Maafé is often called West African peanut stew, but that’s an oversimplification. Across the region, there are many versions that feature peanuts as a base, and all are greatly nuanced: For example, there’s akitiwa in Togo, nkatenkwan in Ghana and miyan taushe across northern Nigeria. This highly adaptable stew can be made with any assortment of meat, poultry, seafood and seasonal vegetables you have on hand (see Tip), but this one goes all in on produce.

Nepali Grilled Chicken

"This grilled chicken, marinated in a tomato-based blend of flavorings, may be Nepali (we've eaten a version of it in Kathmandu) or it may be a Nepali chef-inspired invention, but either way it's good. Use a cleaver to cut the chicken into pieces as you wish for grilling (we usually cut legs into two, and breasts into four, for example), or ask the butcher to do it."

Chicken Musakhan

"Musakhan is the hugely popular national dish of Palestine. Growing up, Sami ate it once a week, pulling a piece of chicken and sandwiching it between a piece of pita or flatbread. It's a dish to eat with your hands and with your friends, served from one pot or plate, for everyone to then tear at some of the bread and spoon on the chicken and topping for themselves.

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