Sunday, April 03, 2011

Turkish Gozleme

I'm starting to appreciate other cuisines. Growing up in Singapore, I had the luxury to try Indian, Chinese (mostly!), Japanese.. but never as extensive as growing up in Perth. Lebanese? checked. Indonesian? Checked. Thai? Checked. Fusion al carte Australian? checked.

It's weird. Seriously. I'm taking cooking Chinese tips from an Australian cookbook (I swear, granny, you are still the first I go to!). Or like in this case, Turkish Gozleme from the AUSTRALIAN Women's Weekly!

I loved it regardless. It means there are no boundaries in creating cuisine. Flipping through a few "Australian" cookbooks, it made me realised how much food bring different cultures together. Perhaps by printing a different culture recipe from a known writer, it gives me the guts to try something new. It means it can be done.

I had a go at making Turkish Gozleme at home one weekend, and boy oh boy, never did pounding dough feels so good. Is there such a therapy call Dough Therapy? Maybe that is how Turkish ladies get their tough arms from.  Perhaps that also explains why I never got a gozleme from an angry lady.

So I served this to my husband. And watch him smile.

Turkish Gozleme (Adapted from Australian Women's Weekly Eating Together)
4 cups of plain flour
1 tsp cooking salt-I used my sea salt
1 2/3 cups of warm water
2 tablespoons oil. I used olive

Lamb filling
3-4 tsp cumin
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp garlic minced
500 grams lamb mince
1 can of diced tomatoes
1/2 cup chopped parsley

Spinach and Cheese Filling
300 grams baby spinach
1 small red onion chopped
1 tsp mixed spice
150 grams feta cheese
1 cup of cheddar or mozzarella cheese

Make Dough
Combine flour, salt and gradually stir in water. Sprinkle flour on work surface. Don't forget to flour your hands. Knead dough. Hit it, punch it, just keep working on it till it is smooth. Return to bowl. Cover.

Make lamb filling
Cook garlic. Fry lamb till done. Add tomatoes and spices. Simmer. Cool.

Make spinach and feta filling
Combine all ingredients. I blanched the spinach first quickly and squeezed some water out.

Diver dough into 2 pieces. Flour work surface and rolling pin. Roll each piece into a square. Roll as thin as you can. Sprinkle spinach and cheese filling first, then topped it with lamb filling. Fold each edge over.

Using a well oiled grill pan, cook gozleme on each side till browned slightly. Serve with lemon/lime wedges.



Smoky Wok (formerly Tastes of Home) said...

Love the look of this and the flavours sound great :)

Joanne said...

In this globalized age, I love that anyone can learn how to cook any type of cuisine...and do it just as well as the natives! This looks delicious! That lamb filling...moan.

Min {Honest Vanilla} said...

I love AUSTRALIAN Women's Weekly! I admit I saw a Chinese recipe on that magazine and I followed it :P It turned out "OK" but not great. I've never had Turkish Gozleme but sure looks good!

tigerfish said...

Turkish food always seems exotic!

daphne said...

Jen- thanks!

Joanne- U r so right. It's so wonderful to learn different food.

Min- Me too! I love their recipes all the time! They are usually ok, now "Wow" or anything.

Tigerfish- haha, it is isnt it.

Unknown said...

this sounds doable and yummy! i love discovering doable dough recipes heheheh

Kitchen Belleicious said...

This looks divine! I love the use of the turkey- turkey doesn't get quite as much credit as it should in my opinion! Great dish girl!

Little Corner of Mine said...

Looks great, but it's a bit too much work for a lazy me.

lena said...

couldnt agree more that food brings different cultures together and now thru blogging and blogger friends, we are also extending our learning and discovering from them, just like now..gozleme is new to me, thanks for sharing this. i bet this is really delicious and guess chicken filling taste good too!

James said...

Min- Me too! I love their recipes all the time! They are usually ok, now "Wow" or anything.

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