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Turkish Recipes


Turkey's unique geographical position, at the junction of the continents of Asia and Europe has had a strong influence on the country's history and cuisine. It should also be remembered that Turkey was once the center of the Ottoman Empire which included territories across the Middle East, in North Africa, and as well as in Southern Europe. The Ottomans had influences with many different peoples and cultures, and were thus able to combine influences from Arab and Middle Eastern cuisine, as well as Armenian cuisine, Greek cuisine and and Persian cuisine with traditional Turkic elements such as the use of yogurt in many dishes.

Modern Turkey may no longer encompass the vast amount of territory that the Ottoman Empire once ruled, but it is still a country of many distinct regions, each with their own unique flavors and culinary traditions. These include:
  • Southeastern Turkey, including the regions around the city of Adana, is famous for kebabs and mezes, as well as desserts such as baklava, kadayif and künefe.

  • Central parts of Anatolia, including the capital city, Ankara, is known for both sweet and savory pastry dishes.

  • Those regions of Turkey which lie near the Black Sea coast are known for corn and anchovies.

  • The area around the Sea of Marmara (including Istanbul), as well as the regions on the Aegean Sea and Mediterranean Sea coasts, incorporate typically Mediterranean styles into their food, and make extensive use of olive oil in cooking.
Here are some popular Turkish dishes:
  • Iskembe Çorbasi - A soup made from tripe (the stomaches of cattle). It is seasoned with vinegar and lemon juice.

  • Domates - Tomato soup.

  • Tarhana - Tarhana is a a dried food, prepared by creating a fermented mixture of cracked wheat, yogurt and vegetables. Because of its dryness and acidity, Tarhana preserves extremely well. When eaten, Tarhana is usually made into a soup. Today ready forms of Tarhana can be found as "quick soups" in many stores - simply add hot water.

  • Hummus - A dip or spread made from ground chickpeas with sesame tahini (ground sesame seeds), lemon juice and garlic. It is often eaten as a side dish or appetizer, frequently with pide (Turkish pita) bread.

  • Cacik - Cacik is the Turkish variant of Tzatziki - A cold dish made with yogurt, cucumber, dried mint and olive oil.

    Cacik

  • Kuskus - The Turkish version of Couscous.

  • Dolma - Stuffed vegetables. Dolma can be made using minced (ground) meat ("kiyma") with onions, rice and spices and served hot, or made using vegetables and served at room temperature.

  • Börek - Dough stuffed with cheese, meat or vegetables.

  • Gözleme - A savory pastry made by thinly rolling dough and repeatedly folding. It is then filled and browned in a pan. There are many different variations, each with their own names, including Etli (meat filling), Ispanakli (spinach), Karisik (mixed filling), Katmer (plain), Kiymali (ground lamb), Mantarli (mushrooms), Patatesli (mashed potatoes) and Peynirli (filled with feta cheese).

  • Lahmacun - Flat round pieces of dough, covered with ground (minced) meat - beef or lamb. It is served rolled up, with vegetables (onions, tomatoes, peppers, etc.) or pickles, and is often called "Turkish pizza"

  • Manti - A Turkish pasta made from dough balls filled with ground (minced) meat. It is served with yogurt, flavored with herbs and spices, and warmed in olive oil or butter.

  • Keskek - A stew made from meat and barley or wheat.

  • Karniyarik - A dish made with eggplant (aubergine), ground (minced) meat, tomatoes, onions and garlic.

  • Patlican salatasi - "Patlican salatasi" is Turkish for "eggplant salad". Basically the dish is cooked aubergine that is allowed to cool to room temperature, and then mixed with either lemon juice and garlic, or with yogurt, olive oil and garlic.

    Patlican salatasi

  • Imam bayildi - Literally translated from Turkish, "imam bayildi" means "the imam fainted". The dish is actually somewhat similar to karniyarik, containing eggplant (aubergine), tomatoes, onions and garlic, but does not contain meat.

  • Patlican begendi - Another eggplant (aubergine) dish. This is a hot dish which as well as eggplant also contains meat, cheese, milk and flour.

  • Menemen - Eggs with green peppers, onions and tomatoes.

  • Döner kebap - Literally translated from Turkish, "döner kebap" means "turning roast". Döner kebap is meat (beef, lamb, mutton or chicken may be used) cooked on a rotating spit, and served in a sandwich made from pide (Turkish pita) bread. Today döner kebap is a popular fast food around the world, and salad and sauces are often added to inside the pide - this idea was invented by the Turkish community in Germany who wanted to broaden the dish's appeal.

  • Bursa kebab - This dish is known by many names. It was originally invented by Iskender Iskenderoglu and initially called "Iskender kebap" (which is a trademark), but variants are found in many Turkish restaurants around the world. Grilled lamb slices, cooked in the same fasion as döner kebap, are basted with tomato sauce and layed over pide (pita) bread, then covered with melted butter and yogurt.

  • Adana kebap - A long grilled kebab made from minced lamb, originally from the city of Adana, where it is known as "kiyma kebabi".

    Bursa kebab

  • Shish kebab - Grilled chicken or lamb, marinated and cooked on a skewer over an open fire. Lamb from milk-fed lambs is particularly favored.

  • Arnavut cigeri - Fried liver.

  • Köfte - Meatballs made from ground (minced) meat mixed with bread and egg. There are lots of different versions of this dish including "Çig köfte" which contains raw ground (minced) meat, and "kadinbudu köfte" which contains rice (and cooked meat).

  • Mahmudiye - This dish has its origins in the Ottoman Imperial court. It is chicken with almonds, apricots, black pepper, currants and honey.

  • Sujuk - A traditional Turkish cured sausage made from ground (minced) beef with spices. The sausage is prepared using a process involving drying for several weeks. Before eating, sujuk is cooked - it is popular both for breakfast and as a form of fast food (often eaten with bread).
As well as savory dishes, there are also a wide variety of excellent Turkish desserts and sweet dishes. These include:
  • Lokum - Turkish delight.

  • Helva - A traditional sweet made from semolina, tahin (sesame seed paste), wheat flour.

  • Baklava - Perhaps the most famous Turkish dessert. Baklava is a sweet pastry dessert made with phyllo dough, filled with pistachios or chopped walnuts, and finally sweetened with honey or syrup.

    Baklava

  • Kadaif - Kadaif is the name given to a variety of different desserts made from shredded dough or phyllo pastry. There are a huge variety of different types of kadaif available - but look out for "künefe" - a version which contains melted cheese and is served hot with walnuts and pistachios.
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Turkish Delights: Stunning Regional Recipes from the Bosphorus to the Black Sea

By John Gregory-Smith

Kyle Cathie Limited
Released: 2016-10-21
Hardcover (240 pages)

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A celebration of the best of Turkish food, full of exciting flavours and ideas.

In Turkish Delights John Gregory-Smith brings his passion for Turkey and its food to your kitchen. He celebrates the best of the country's traditional food with 100 regional dishes, giving each one his simple, modern spin.

Forget greasy late-night doner kebabs, John offers the Iskender kebab from the city of Bursa in Northwest Turkey, filled with finely sliced tender lamb, hot tomato and garlic sauce and yogurt.

Other tempting dishes include the Ilgin Beef Kofta (pepper and parsley spiked beef from the Central Anatolian region) or his Ottoman-inspired Stuffed Pepper Dolma.

With chapters on Breakfast, Meze, Pide and Kofta, Kebabs, Salads, Meat, Seafood, Vegetables and Desserts and Drinks, it is crammed full of exciting flavours and inspiring ideas.

Tree of Life: Turkish Home Cooking

By Joy E. Stocke

Burgess Lea Press
Hardcover (256 pages)

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Explore the refined flavors and seductive aromas of the Turkish table with Tree of Life. These are tastes that can't be found anywhere else on Earth.

When Joy Stocke and Angie Brenner first met on the balcony of a guesthouse in a small resort town on the Mediterranean coast, they discovered a shared love of history, literature, and local food traditions. The two new friends set off on a cultural adventure tour of Turkey that spanned ten years. Returning home to their respective American kitchens, they couldn't help but call upon the flavors of Anatolia as a kind of culinary souvenir, and incorporate that sensibility into the food they cook every day for themselves, family, and friends.

Based on the memoir Anatolian Days and NightsTree of Life presents more than 100 accessible recipes inspired by Turkish food traditions found in the authors' travels. These thoughtful adaptations of authentic dishes draw on readily available ingredients while featuring traditional techniques.

Just a small selection of recipes in Tree of Life include:

  • Circassian Chicken
  • Carrot Hummus with Toasted Fennel Seeds
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Classical Turkish Cooking: Traditional Turkish Food for the American Kitchen

By Ayla E Algar

William Morrow Cookbooks
Released: 1999-04-07
Blue Paperback (320 pages)

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Turkish food is one of the world's great cuisines. Its taste and depth place it with French and Chinese; its simplicity and healthfulness rank it number one. Turkish-born Ayla Algar offers 175 recipes for this vibrant and tasty food, presented against the rich and fascinating backdrop of Turkish history and culture. Tempting recipes for kebabs, pilafs, meze (appetizers), dolmas (those delicious stuffed vegetables or vine leaves), soups, fish, manti and other pasta dishes, lamb, poultry, yogurt, bread, and traditional sweets such as baklava are introduced here to American cooks in accessible form. With its emphasis on grains, vegetables, fruits, olive oil, and other healthful foods, Turkish cooking puts a new spin on familiar ingredients and offers culinary adventure coupled with satisfying and delicious meals.

Classical Turkish Cooking: Simple, Easy, and Unique Turkish Recipes (Turkish Cooking, Turkish Cookbook, Turkish Recipes, Turkish Food Book 1)

By Umm Maryam

BookSumo
Released: 2015-08-05
Kindle Edition (78 pages)

Classical Turkish Cooking: Simple, Easy, and Unique Turkish Recipes (Turkish Cooking, Turkish Cookbook, Turkish Recipes, Turkish Food Book 1)
 
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Learn the Best Turkish and Mediterranean Dishes. Things Like: Iskender Kebabs (Chicken Kebabs), Shakshouka (delicious spicy egg dish), Red Lentil Soup, and so much more!



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In Classical Turkish Cooking: Simple, Easy, and Unique Turkish Recipes you will find the most delicious and simple Turkish dishes I could write about. From multiple styles of lentil soups to Turkish cookies.

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Turkish Cooking: A Simple Guide to Turkish Cooking with Easy Turkish Recipes (2nd Edition)

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BookSumo Press
Released: 2018-11-08
Kindle Edition

Turkish Cooking: A Simple Guide to Turkish Cooking with Easy Turkish Recipes (2nd Edition)
 
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Tasty Turkish Meals.


Get your copy of the best and most unique Turkish recipes from BookSumo Press in full color with beautiful art!

Come take a journey with us into the delights of easy cooking. The point of this cookbook and all our cookbooks is to exemplify the effortless nature of cooking simply.

In this book we focus on Turkish cooking. Turkish Cookbook is a complete set of simple but very unique Turkish recipes. You will find that even though the recipes are simple, the tastes are quite amazing.

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  • Dolmas: (Stuffed Grape Leaves)
  • Mediterranean Kofta
  • Hot Yogurt Chicken Thighs
  • Saucy Turkish Burger Meatloaf
  • Turkish Yogurt and Chicken Kebabs
  • Chicken Pilaf
  • Minty Potato Salad
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  • Karniyarik: (Turkish Eggplants)
  • Tzatziki Steak Kabobs
  • Turkish Small Burgers
  • Lamb Pizza with Garlic Cream Sauce
  • Golden Shrimp Bites
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  • Tilapia and Couscous Stew
  • Yogurt Sauce with Poached Eggs
  • Cheesy Chicken Casserole
  • Warm Lentil Salad with Yogurt Sauce
  • Much, much more!

Again remember these recipes are unique so be ready to try some new things. Also remember that the style of cooking used in this cookbook is effortless. So even though the recipes will be unique and great tasting, creating them will take minimal effort!

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Turkish Cookbook: Authentic Turkish Cooking with 50 Delicious Turkish Recipes

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Here is a Preview of the Turkish Recipes You Will Learn:

  • Mediterranean Kofta
  • Cheesy Dill Patties
  • Hot Yogurt Chicken Thighs
  • Saucy Turkish Burger Meatloaf
  • Creamy Yogurt Marinade
  • Flaming Turkish Yogurt and Chicken Kebabs
  • Chicken Pilaf
  • Baked Turkish Cheese Pasta
  • Minty Potato Salad
  • Turkish Cheesy Spinach Pizza
  • Golden Shrimp Bites
  • Cherry Saucy Lamb Kabobs with Cucumber Salad
  • Saucy Greens Potato Salad
  • Spiced up Lamb Stew
  • Minty Feta and Courgette Patties
  • Hot Lamb Kabobs with Bloody Mary Hummus
  • Minty Beef Sandwiches
  • Mediterranean Omelets
  • Feta Chicken Pizza
  • Nutty Salted Pancakes
  • Tilapia and Couscous Stew
  • Yogurt Sauce with Poached Eggs Breakfast
  • Cheesy Chicken Casserole
  • Warm Lentil Salad with Yogurt Sauce
  • Much, much more!
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A Turkish Cookbook for Beginners: Learn Delicious Turkish Cooking in Only Minutes (Turkish Cooking at Home, Ethnic Cookbooks, and Turkish Cook Books 1)

By Ayaz Babacan

Released: 2015-06-09
Kindle Edition (67 pages)

A Turkish Cookbook for Beginners: Learn Delicious Turkish Cooking in Only Minutes (Turkish Cooking at Home, Ethnic Cookbooks, and Turkish Cook Books 1)
 
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Turkish cuisine is known throughout the world for its rich and bold flavors. The style of food spans from deep in the Middle East to the mountains of Central Asia. With yogurts, meats, and spices, Turkish cuisine is quickly catching on in the West, as well, and now we can find restaurants serving Turkish cooking alongside Turkish tea and hookah as a popular nighttime activity. I now present to you this short cookbook where I reveal the secrets of how many of these famous dishes are made. I do say “secret” because not many Westerners practice Turkish cooking, and this is definitely a chance for you to impress some of your friends. Finally, Turkish cooking with many rich salads and fresh ingredients creates a healthy infusion of both Mediterranean and Middle Eastern diets, which are very good for your body. With all of that being said, I welcome you to my book and I hope you enjoy it!


 
 
 

 
 
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