I’m excited to have Zerrin from the Turkish blog Give Recipe guest posting today! Please give her a warm welcome.
Hi! I’m Zerrin of Give Recipe and I’m so excited about writing a post for the readers of Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice! I love Reeni’s fantastic recipes and I’m so pleased that she’s given a place on her blog for a recipe from Turkish cuisine.
I thought it would be a good idea to share something very common in Turkey, so I decided to write about gozleme, which is a flat bread stuffed with various fillings depending on your choice. The most common filling is white cheese, very similar to feta, but there are also fillings with ground beef, spinach, potatoes, herbs and finally leeks. Although it’s originally made savory, there are some creative women who stuff it with honey and cream. So you are free to choose the filling for your taste, even to create your own version!
Well, it could be considered as a Turkish street food, you can come across women making and selling gozleme on the street in some cities. These are traditionally made and sold in nomadic tents, which you might see in some tourist destinations in Turkey, but are very rare now.
Dough of gozleme is originally rolled out on a special wooden board, and cooked on a special thin iron plate over wood fire. However, I rolled it out on the counter and cooked in a non stick pan.
We don’t see tents on the street, but women making these on streets have that wooden board and fire with them. They offer you some filling alternatives and start to make it as soon as you order your choice of gozleme. I love watching these women, who are masters of their work!
Gozleme is mostly paired with a cold Turkish drink ayran, which is a mixture of yogurt, salt and water. Some people love to accompany it with Turkish tea too!
We are about to leave Winter behind, so before it completely disappears from market shelves, I’d like to share gozleme with sauteed leeks, which is one of my favorite fillings. I made it with whole wheat flour unlike the traditional ones, so mine look a bit darker and I love it!
Eating gozleme when it’s still hot is the best, but you can also enjoy it cold, so it makes a perfect picnic treat too!
If your kids are not willing to eat leeks plain, you can try your chance with this recipe! I’m sure they will love it! You know kids love foods hidden in breads.
It’s not traditional to serve it with yogurt, but I love to spread some strained yogurt on my gozleme; my personal touch on our traditional Turkish gozleme! Also you can serve herbs and peppers with them.
- Heat olive oil in a pan. Saute chopped onion until golden.
- Add pepper paste and stir. Cook for a minute.
- Bring the heat to the lowest and add chopped leek, stir.
- Season it with black pepper, chili and salt.
- Cover the lid and cook until tender for about 20 minutes.
- Let it cool.
- Mix flour, salt and water to make a non sticky dough.
- You might need to add a little extra flour or water to have the right result.
- Divide it into small balls and cover them with a piece of wet cloth so that they don’t get dry.
- Dust the counter with a little flour.
- Roll one of the balls here.
- Put some filling on one side and fold.
- Seal it with your fingers and cut the excessive parts with a knife.
- Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat and put one or two gozlemes in it.
- Cook its one side about 20 seconds.
- Turn it over and brush it with olive oil.
- Cook the other side for 20 seconds.
- Turn it over again and brush it with olive oil.
- Turn it over again and cook that side until brownish.
- Take it from pan and cover it with a kitchen towel to keep it warm.
- Repeat the same steps until you finish the dough.
- Serve these at breakfast or as a snack!
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Thanks to Zerrin for guest posting today! It was great getting a glimpse into her culture with these delicious gozleme! I hope you will stop by her blog, Give Recipe to check out more of her Turkish recipe and to say hi!