To celebrate our good friend’s birthday, I prepared a Turkish feast! These are by no means the most authentic ways to prepare these dishes, but they are a good way to get the flavor.
My boyfriend’s mom sent me this recipe a few years ago and this was only my second time making it. These are stuffed grape leaves with ground beef, onions, and seasoning. It sounds easy enough, but this dish takes some time and effort to prepare. Good thing the end result is well worth it.
1 jar of grave leaves
1 lb ground beef
1 onion, finely chopped
Red pepper flakes
A pinch of mint
1. Chop one small onion and place in a mixing bowl.
2. Add the ground beef, rice, water, and spices to the bowl and mix.
3. Carefully remove the grapes leaves from the jar and unfold into a large bowl. Soak in hot water for a few minutes to soften the leaves.
4. Put a small scoop of the meat mixture in the center of the grape leave. Then fold the grape leave like so…
5. Place in a pot and place a plate over the sarma. Cover with water and olive oil and cook until meat and rice are ready. This took about 30 minutes or so for the amount I made.
6. Serve with garlic yogurt.
That is not the Turkish spelling…but you get the idea. This a creamy eggplant/tahini dip.
2 Japanese eggplants
A few scoops of tahini paste
Fresh lemon juice
1. Peel the skin from the eggplants and chop in small disks.
2. Cover with some olive oil and broil until soft and lightly browned.
3. Blend together in food processor with tahini and lemon juice.
4. Serve with pita bread and/or fresh veggies like peppers and carrots.
This is a cheese pastry made with fillo sheets and goat cheese.
Fillo dough sheets
Half and half
1. Put a little half and half in a bowl and mix with melted butter.
2. Brush butter mixture on 1 fillo sheet, making sure to cover completely.
3. Lay a second sheet over the buttered sheet and butter again. Lay one more sheet and butter one more time.
4. Sprinkle with goat cheese.
5. Fold the square of fillo into a triangle and then again into a smaller triangle, then cut the triangle in half.
6. Repeat for as many times as you need.
7. Brush each with a little egg yolk.
8. Bake at 375 F for 10-15 minutes.