Turkish Style Hummus

Traditional cuisine meets modern with this Mediterranean classic!  What I appreciate about hummus is that it is just so simple. All you need is a few minimal ingredients and then you have something really special. The tahini is an absolute must! A paste made from ground sesame seeds, tahini compliments the flavor of the chickpeas … Continue reading Turkish Style Hummus

Mini Meatballs in a Garlic Yogurt Sauce (Cacikli Arap Köfte)

      Delicious mini meatballs made of ground beef and bulgur nestled in cacikli a thick yogurt sauce with parsley, garlic and spices.  Here’s the recipe: Mini Meatballs in a Garlic Yogurt Sauce (Cacikli Arap Köfte) 4 c thick yogurt 2 bunches of parsley (finely diced) 10 garlic cloves (minced) 10 oz ground beef … Continue reading Mini Meatballs in a Garlic Yogurt Sauce (Cacikli Arap Köfte)

Red Lentil Meatless Meatballs (Malhitali Köfte)

A tender, delicious, savory, meat-less version of a meatball backed with bulgur, lentils and veggies.      Yet again, this is another great köfte (Turkish for “meatball”) recipe. Instead of meat, it’s packed full of bulgur, red lentils, vegetables and spices. They are a flavorful addition to your menu for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. Here’s the … Continue reading Red Lentil Meatless Meatballs (Malhitali Köfte)

Peynirli Künefe

A sweet delicious dessert packed with sweet cheese, pistachios and a crunchy base and top layer! A Mediterranean classic dessert. Okay so I’ll admit that way before I started learning about Mediterranean cooking, the idea of cheese in a dessert (besides marscapone) didn’t sound so appetizing to me. It wasn’t until a friend took us … Continue reading Peynirli Künefe

Stuffed Zucchini with Saffron & Pistachios (Kuzu Icli Kabak Dolmasi)

The perfect balance of a savory ground beef filling with aromatic spices, pistachios and almonds. In Turkish cooking, I’ve been learning about the myriad of different variations on stuffed vegetables. There are many variations. This is already the third variation of stuffed zucchini and it tastes completely different than the last recipe I learned. The … Continue reading Stuffed Zucchini with Saffron & Pistachios (Kuzu Icli Kabak Dolmasi)

Turkish Abugannuş

Lusciously creamy, thick and with a hint of garlic, this is a beautiful and simple preparation of the classic Babaganoush. It’s true. I’ve tried so many different variations of Babaganoush that they all tasted like a completely different dish. They all had eggplant but everything else about them was very different. Some had tomatoes, while … Continue reading Turkish Abugannuş

Rice Pilaf with Almonds, Pine Nuts and Dried Currants (Iç Pilav)

Savory and sweet — in the best possible way, this rice pilaf is packed with crunchy pine nuts and almonds and filled with tender pieces of dried currants. Iç Pilav, is literally translated as “Inner Rice.” It is the perfect combination of blending sweet and savory flavors into one dish. The cinnamon and the all spice … Continue reading Rice Pilaf with Almonds, Pine Nuts and Dried Currants (Iç Pilav)

Savory Bulgur with Sautéd Ground Beef & Carmelized Onions ( Kiymali Simit Asi)

Similar to the Sade Simit Asi recipe, the main difference between them is that this recipe has caramelized onions and ground beef on top. It’s a little bit more hearty and it’s delicious! Here’s the recipe: Kiymali Simit Asi 1/2 lb ground beef 3.5 c simit bulgur (finely ground bulgur) 1 large onion (diced) 1 … Continue reading Savory Bulgur with Sautéd Ground Beef & Carmelized Onions ( Kiymali Simit Asi)

Şiveydiz

Şiveydiz, pronounced “she-vey-diz,” is a beautiful Turkish soup. Creamy from fresh yogurt that’s blended into the soup it makes for a flavorful meal. Creating this soup is like creating a work of art. All of the ingredients are perfectly crafted together to form a delicious blend of flavors. And of course, it is stunning to … Continue reading Şiveydiz

Sehriyeli Bulgur Pilavi (Turkish Rice Pilaf with Bulgur)

This dish combines the best of both worlds. The delicious elements of a classic pilaf meet the nutritious and fluffy bulgur to form a main course or side item to compliment any meal. Vermicelli, the type that is already broken into smaller pieces, is what gives this pilaf such an irresistibly delicious texture. With one … Continue reading Sehriyeli Bulgur Pilavi (Turkish Rice Pilaf with Bulgur)