Gibna With Tamatum or Cheese With Tomatoes

"My husband brought this delightful recipe with him from Egypt. It is a quick and easy sandwich spread or it can also be used as a dip mix. We make this often since we both enjoy cheese."
photo by PetsRus photo by PetsRus
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  • Use a fork to mash the cheese in a medium mixing bowl.
  • Add the tomatoes and cucumber.
  • Mix well.
  • Add in some of the oil if the mixture is too dry.
  • Fill each half pita bread to eat as a sandwich or serve the dip and pitas as an appetizer.

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  1. PetsRus
    This has become my latest summer lunch addiction! Its fresh, cheesy, crunchy and easy to put together. I have also made it adding some dried mint and a small crushed garlic clove. Cannot buy Bulgarian feta cheese here, don't even know how that tastes or what texture it has, so I used the Greek feta that is readily available here and added olive oil to the mix.
  2. Heba Maher
    heey, thaat type of cheese is my favourite, to get a perfect one add dried mint and 1 lemon..its optional anyway but it would be perfect
  3. Helio
    it's delicious, I skipped the cucumber as it makes it a little watery, and add a pinch of ground cayenne.
  4. UmmBinat
    Very delicious. I used another type of cheese called moujadalle. A salty white Middle Eastern cheese. In fact it is very salty but the English cucumber tempered that down after I rinsed it. I did use a good olive oil plus plum tomatoes. I served it as a dip for our rice crackers as we are gluten free, as a part of Suhoor (the meal before dawn and fajr prayer in the month of Ramadan). I would make this again and would like to try a reviewers idea of adding dried mint and maybe a freshly squeezed lemon.
  5. lucid501
    I used regular (greek) feta cheese, since thats all I could find. I didn't need to use any oil, and it was so tasty! Very light and fresh tasting, yet a filling lunch. Thanks for the great recipe!


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