Garlic Sauce


By far the finest Middle Eastern cuisine is Fadi’s in Houston. When we lived in Houston we ate there quite often. We have yet to find any restaurant anywhere that even comes close to the taste and quality at Fadi’s.

Two of my most favorite items there are vegetarian stuffed grape leaves and chicken kebabs. The chicken kebabs and sandwiches come with this delicious garlic sauce…kind of like a super garlicky mayo.

Last night we prepared some Middle Eastern food for dinner. We didn’t have the time to make proper kebabs, so we just grilled up some chicken, and I made some garlic dip, and a super fast hummus.

The garlic dip recipe comes from Anissa Helou’s Lebanese Cuisine cookbook. The dip was excellent!


  • 8 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 egg yolk
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 4 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 TBSP yogurt


  1. Chop the garlic, add the salt to the garlic and with the back of your knife, make a paste by adding pressure to the knife as you run the knife over the garlic. The salt acts as an abrasive and helps the garlic turn into a nice paste.
  2. Whisk the egg in a mixing bowl and then add the garlic paste. Stir in the lemon juice, then slowly whisk int he olive oil; then add the yogurt.
  3. Use the garlic sauce as a dip for grilled chicken.

Garlic Sauce:


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