Turkey: 7/52

Oruk & Gözleme

E couldn’t decide on one Turkish dish this week so we decided to try a couple with Mezes!

Most dishes from this region are similar country to country with minor differences in ingredients or preparations. We opted for Oruk, Gozleme and a side of Baba Ghanoush… time to snack! This week was also a great opportunity to use some spices in our cabinet straight from Istanbul.

The Dish(es)

All the dishes were grabbed from this awesome blog — Ozlem’s Turkish Table.

Oruk: Oruk  is a version of kibeeh which is basically a bulgar wheat dough wrapped around a beef, walnut and onion filling. This was E’s first venture into bulgar, but the result was pretty good. The dish was served with a side of tzatziki sauce. The shape was a little off-putting so now there is a bag of leftover “beef bombs” hiding in our freezer for a rainy day.

Gözleme: Gözleme is a grilled flatbread stuffed with cheese and vegetables. Our version includes feta, spinach and a little spice.



The Verdict

So many meze, so little time…

Woof, this week was a lot of work. Once again, E thought it would be a piece of cake.

Out of the two, E and S preferred the Oruk. Both could have used a little more of a kick, a little more pep, a little more umpf, a little more… you know what we mean.

E is excited to try more Turkish recipes in the future, but for now, we’ll stick to the simpler dishes.




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