Tripboba.com - If you’ve ever listened to the famous Anatolian rock star Baris Manco’s "Domates, biber, patlican", you might realize just how the Turks truly love their food— they basically translate to "Tomatoes, pepper, eggplant", so there’s no denying it.
That being said, perhaps we often wonder how come Turkish recipes can be so mouthwatering. Actually, it’s due to the fact that it’s the heritage of Ottoman cuisine which is fusion and refinement of Central Asian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Eastern European, and Balkan cuisines.
Turkish traditional food also depends less on seasonings and more on tasty fresh ingredients rolled, kneaded, shaped, and cooked to perfection. So, you can only expect the best from their food.
If you want to enjoy the delicacy of Turkish cuisine and have no idea where to start, you can pick your favorite Turkish recipes below!
Easy Turkish Recipes
1. Turkish kebabs recipes
When it comes to Turkish recipes, kebabs would be the first food to pop up in your mind. Since it’s so popular throughout the world, then there’s no way you’d skip the recipe to delicious homemade kebabs.
In fact, this chicken kebab could be one of your moreish Turkish recipes this summer!
• 1 cup whole-milk Greek yogurt
• 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (or more to taste)
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 2 tablespoons ketchup
• 6 cloves garlic (minced)
• 1 tablespoon Aleppo red pepper flakes
• 1 tablespoon kosher salt
• 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
• 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
• 1 teaspoon paprika
• ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 2 ½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs (halved)
• 4 eaches long metal skewers
Step 1. In a bowl, whisk together yogurt, lemon juice, olive oil, ketchup, garlic, red pepper flakes, salt, cumin, black pepper, paprika, and cinnamon.
Step 2. Place chicken thigh halves into the yogurt marinade and coat them thoroughly on all sides. With plastic wrap, cover the bowl and put it in the fridge for 2 to 8 hours.
Step 3. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat, oiling the grate lightly.
Step 4. Thread half of the chicken thighs using 2 skewers for each kebab.
Step 5. Place kebabs on the grill. Turn kebabs and grill the other side 3 or 4 minutes until they begin to unstick from the grill. Continue cooking and turning about 6 minutes until chicken is no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 °F (74 °C).
2. Turkish ground beef recipes
Try out one of the best Turkish recipes with kofta, Turkish balls of ground meat. In this recipe, the spiced beef is formed into meatball-like patties, then grilled—nothing but simplicity.
• 1lb beef chuck (ground)
• 1/3 cup grated red onion
• 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
• 2 teaspoons sumac
• 2 teaspoons ufra pepper flakes
• 2 teaspoons kosher salt
• 1 teaspoon cumin
• 2 tablespoon ice-cold water
Step 1. In a standing mixer, mix ground beef, onion, parsley sumac, pepper flakes, salt, and cumin at low speed for 1 minute. Add water and mix for another minute until liquid is incorporated and the mixture is uniform and sticky.
Step 2. Form a small patty and place the rest of the meat mixture in the refrigerator. In a small frying pan, cook patty over medium-high heat until cooked through.
Step 3. Break off about 3 ounces of meat and work into a flattened football shape in your hand.
Step 4. Light one chimney full of charcoal. When all the charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and spread the coals evenly over the entire surface of the coal grate.
Step 5. Set cooking grate in place, cover grill, and allow to preheat for 5 minutes. Clean and oil the grilling grate. Grill kofta over medium-high direct heat until they are well seared (155-160 °F).
Step 6. Let rest for 5 minutes and your grilled Turkish ground beef is ready to serve.
Turkish Dessert Recipes
Who doesn’t love Turkish desserts? We have some luscious Turkish recipes for Halva (sweet confections) and the infamous Turkish delight. So, which one of these Turkish recipes is your favorite?
3. Turkish Halva
• 1 ½ cups water
• 1 ½ cups molasses
• ½ cup unsalted butter
• 2 cups all-purpose flour
• ¼ cup chopped walnuts
Step 1. In a saucepan, bring water and molasses to a boil. In a separate saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Stir in the flour and cook, stirring occasionally, for a few minutes until the dough begins to pull away from the sides of the pan.
Step 2. Pour the molasses mixture into the flour, stirring to form a ball. Fold in chopped walnuts. Spoon the mix onto waxed paper. Let cool and serve.
4. Turkish Delight
• 1 ½ cups water
• 3 cups granulated sugar
• 3 tablespoons light corn syrup
• ½ cup orange juice
• 3 tablespoons orange zest
• 3 (.25 ounce) envelopes unflavored gelatin
• ¾ cup cornstarch
• ½ cup cold water
• 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
• ¾ cup chopped pistachio nuts
• Confectioners' sugar for dusting
Step 1. In a large saucepan, bring 1 ½ cups water, sugar, and corn syrup to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring frequently until the temperature reaches 240 °F (115 °C). Set aside while keeping hot.
Step 2. Stir together orange juice and orange zest, sprinkle with gelatin, and set aside. Dissolve cornstarch in ½ cup cold water, then stir into hot syrup. Place over medium-low heat, and simmer, stirring gently, until very thick.
Step 3. Remove syrup from heat and stir in orange juice mixture, vanilla, and pistachios. Sprinkle an 8x8-inch pan generously with confectioners' sugar. Pour the Turkish delight into the pan, and let cool until set, 3 to 4 hours.
Step 4. Sprinkle the top with another thick layer of powdered sugar. Cut into 1-inch squares, and dredge with confectioners' sugar to enjoy Turkish delight.
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