Houston Bites: Cedar’s Bakery

Houston Bites is back!!!

Driving back home with a colossal stack of white boxes, I knew that my brunch with my mom had gone successful. A planned brunch date quickly turned into stocking up a week’s supply for the family which was quite successful, although it disappeared without a trace. The effect after my first visit was similar as this is one place that is definitely hard to leave. I will have to warn you: you need to eat at least one of the mana’eesh (flatbread pies) in the store before heading home with a load, or else you may find yourself driving with one hand because your other fingers (that are now covered in olive oil and sesame) could not resist the temptations driven by the aroma of Middle Eastern herbs.

Cedar’s Bakery, a Lebanese family-owned business, may not have an extensive menu of breakfast or lunch items to order, but why have that when you have a range of quality mana’eesh, pita sandwiches, and assorted mini pastries? Watching your mana’eesh come out on long wooden paddles from the authentic twin brick ovens only adds to the experience as compared to simply picking up a pizza in a box from Domino’s. One of my favorites is sojok, a beef crumbly sausage flavored with cumin, garlic, and red pepper that is also mixed with a crumbly cheese. The sweet cheese and savory sausage complement each other on the soft, chewy pita flatbread. Other favorites of mine include the zaa’tar (a spice blend of sumac, thyme, oregano, sesame, & marjoram) and the parsley with akkawi cheese. If you are looking for a flatbread that is not so savory, I would go for the labne bread (a popular Middle Eastern cheese topped with tomatoes, olives, & a spice blend). Other than the famous mana’eesh, I have also tried their crunchy spinach and onion pies which are great to-go items for a quick snack. You can pair up some coffee or tea with your steaming baked good or you can be a bit more adventurous and go for the fragrant rose-flavored drink.

Quick “Must Order Bites” List

  1. Sojok Mana’eesh (my favorite although I am fan of their whole menu)
  2. Half Zaa’tar/ Half Cheese Mana’eesh
  3. Parsley & Cheese Mana’eesh
  4. Labne Mana’eesh
  5. Spinach Pies
  6. Rose Flavored Drink

Take a look at their menu here , complete with mouthwatering pictures to make your decision even harder on what to order haha.

Newsworthy Tidbit: Cedar’s has been rated as 42 out of the top 100 Houston restaurants for the Houston Chronicle in 2014 so come grab a quick bite here!

ADDRESS

8619 Richmond Ave

Houston, TX 77063

HOURS OF OPERATION

MONDAY-FRIDAY: 7am – 6pm

SATURDAY: 7am – 5pm

SUNDAY: 7am – 4pm

CONTACT INFO

EMAIL ADDRESS:info@cedarsbakeryhouston.com

TELEPHONE: (713)706-4141

 

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Sojok Mana’eesh

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Parsley & Cheese Mana’eesh

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Labne Bread

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Rose Flavored Drink

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lebanese Baked Mashed Potatoes with Meat!

Lebanese cuisine has some of the most interesting and unique foods from around the world. I first saw this dish on Tabkhet el yom’s blog which, by the way, features the best of the Lebanese food out there. At first look, you’d say that this is a bland dish because of the simplicity of it. I made it not knowing what to expect and even surprised myself by how much I LOVED this dish! If you have many potatoes and don’t know what to do with them, then definitely take this recipe into consideration :)

Ingredients:

  • about 10 medium sized potatoes (or 1 kg)
  • 1/3 lb of ground beef, cooked
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp pomegranate molasses (grenadine molasses)
  •  1 tbsp corn oil
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp of seven spices
  • handful of pine seeds
Directions:
  1. Boil the potatoes until they are tender and can be peeled (may take about an hour). Mash them in a medium sized bowl and mix in the teaspoon of salt and 1 tbsp of butter as well.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 F
  3. Heat the oil in a pan and add the chopped onions. Fry until they are are caramelized and then add the pine nuts. After the pine nuts are golden brown, add the cooked meat to the mixture.
  4. Season with 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 tbsp of pomegranate molasses, and the seven spices.
  5. Put half of your mashed potatoes in the bottom of a baking dish and flatten out. Cover with your meat mixture and then add another layer of mashed potatoes to the top.
  6. Spread your remaining tbsp of butter on top of the mashed potato surface and sprinkle the breadcrumbs evenly.
  7. Bake for about 30 minutes or until well done.
For more pictures check out this recipe on Tabket el Yom’s page.