This staple of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines is surprisingly easy
to make -- and the process feels almost magical. It starts with a simple yeast dough (we used some whole-wheat flour in addition to white) that gets baked in a very hot oven. The heat activates the yeast and creates steam, which makes the dough puff up dramatically, forming the signature pocket.
Host a cocktail party with drinks and hors d'oeuvres from far-off lands, and experience getaway-induced euphoria without actually getting away. With just a little effort, you can share this happy escape with friends and turn your living room into Tokyo, Paris, or Rome.
Golden croutons made from olive bread boost the presence of the Kalamata olives, both of which are fried in this rendition of the salad. Cucumbers, tomatoes, and red onion -- tumbled over slices of feta -- are all here. Dill adds a bright spring grassiness.