June 18, 2013

M’smen with Zucchini, Yogurt and Mint

I was on Hot Bread Kitchen’s website last week checking out their selection of breads and tortillas and came across a soft, buttery-looking flatbread called M’smen.  It’s a Moroccan style bread that’s served with sweet or savory fillings or toppings.  On Saturday I grabbed a hot decaf coffee from my corner store and walked to the farmers’ market to see if I could get my hands on some M’smen before it all sold out.  I squeezed through the river of shoppers, dogs and strollers over to the Hot Bread Kitchen stand and saw a stack of M’smen waiting for me.

I bought four pieces; one to try right away, a couple to eat for breakfast, and one for a savory recipe that I could post here.  As I walked home, I tried to decide what I could put on this buttery bread.  I love the combination of zucchini and mint and the fresh, tzaziki-like taste of garlicky yogurt with a squeeze of lemon.  I figured it couldn’t hurt to put them together on some warm buttery flatbread; it ended up being a nice pairing for a hot summer day.  On Monday morning I warmed up my last piece of M’smen in the broiler and coated it in Vermont butter and Bonnie’s Raspberry Lime Ricky jam that I picked up at BKLYN Larder.  It was a soft, sweet, dreamy breakfast.  If you don’t have access to M’smen, you can use any other type of flatbread for this summer snack.


Makes 2 entrees or cut into fourths for 8 appetizers

1 six ounce container plain Greek yogurt (or fresh ricotta)
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 zucchini, thinly sliced lengthwise
Coarse salt
2 pieces m’smen (pita or a similar bread will work too)
1 tablespoon thinly sliced mint (or parsley)
Lemon zest
Freshly cracked black pepper

1.  In a small bowl, mix together the yogurt, lemon juice and garlic.

2.  In a large saute pan, heat the olive oil and sear the zucchini on both sides until it’s golden brown.

3.  Transfer the zucchini to a paper towel-lined plate and sprinkle it with salt.

4.  Warm up the M’smen in a broiler or a dry pan.  Spread the yogurt sauce on the M’smen and top it with the mint, lemon zest, pepper and maybe another sprinkle of salt to taste.

Photos above by Alan Foreman


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