Turkish cuisine – warmth of traditions and a unique mixture of tastes of Turkish dishes
Turkish cuisine is a very special phenomenon in world culinary: it encounters quite unexpected combinations of ingredients and dishes for us European gourmets, on the one hand, complex and unusual, on the other hand, not without a certain sophistication. This cuisine close to our mentality is famous for its variety of dishes, an abundance of fresh vegetables, delicious cakes and excellent “right” lamb meat.
The philosophy of traditional Turkish cuisine is not only in the preparation and presentation of dishes, but also in communication. Regardless, whether it is breakfast or lunch, dinner or just a tea party, it is important that the whole family gather at the table with an abundance of all sorts of goodies and during a leisurely conversation will discuss the latest news and events of the day. The national cuisine of Turkey is original and original. Indeed, many peoples lived in the territory of this country at one time: Persians, Turks, Tatars, Greeks, Armenians, Assyrians and Luvians, whose influence subsequently left a unique mark in the gastronomic history of the state.
An interesting feature of Turkish cuisine is that if you want to recharge yourself with a good mood and positive energy for the whole day, and at the same time get gastronomic pleasure for your stomach, then Turkish cuisine is definitely what you need!
It should be noted the fact that distinguishes all Turkish cuisine – from the variety of its dishes it is simply impossible to single out one specialty dish that will characterize the whole kitchen, such as, for example, pasta in Italy. All dishes are incredibly bright, beautiful, exciting and increase appetite with their taste, color, smell!
Turkish cuisine is really very rich in taste and it is difficult to choose one particular dish – you get pleasure both from a simple village stew and tortillas with gözleme cheese, and to a wide variety of kebabs, difficult to season with spices, herbs and yogurt, sold here , then there on the trays and streets of Turkey.
Baking traditional Turkish gozleme cakes in a province in Turkey. Traditional turkish bread.
The indigenous Turks turn every meal of their meal into a kind of ritual and all dishes are served in a certain sequence – the first are meze or snacks (both cold and hot), then the salads (seasoned with olive oil), then the first dishes (all kinds of soups), the second dishes (all based on fried meat) and side dishes (rice and vegetables). At the end there are pastries, sweets and drinks – they also receive special attention and their own peculiarity in serving.
In the meantime, let’s begin our acquaintance with Turkish cuisine with bread and traditional Turkish table appetizers?
BREAD and LESSONS
Turkish Cuisine: Turkish Gozleme Tortillas
Gozleme Turkish cakes come with cheese, meat and even sweet cream! Often the filling for gozleme is cottage cheese and greens.
Gozleme: how tasty and fast can you have a bite to eat in Turkey? That’s right – with a traditional flat cake – gözleme, which will definitely not leave you indifferent, believe me, as a great lover of various flat cakes from around the world!
The cake is made from the finest dough, yufka, with a filling – a mixture of cheese (but cottage cheese is also possible) with greens. If you are a meat lover, then you will find a quick and tasty gözleme delicacy with meat filling or minced meat. The choice of fillings is so diverse that it will not leave indifferent even a sophisticated gourmet. And despite the fact that due to the simplicity of cooking, cakes are considered a rustic dish, over time, this treat has become a popular and beloved Turkish fast food. I highly recommend trying your gozleme, and finding them will not be difficult for you – often a huge queue at a fast food kiosk in any major city in Turkey is a clear sign that it is selling gozleme!
Turkish Cuisine: Pide Cake and Turkish Bread
Turkish pide cake is often called Turkish pizza, as it can contain a wide variety of ingredients. Only its boat shape remains unchanged.
Pide is another traditional Turkish dish, ideal for a quick bite – something between a pie and pizza. The shape resembles a boat of yeast dough with lamb or chicken mince with a juicy filling of vegetables: tomatoes or, at worst, tomato sauce, bell pepper, onion, garlic, various herbs, black pepper. The delicate, slightly perceptible taste and aroma of cheese completes all this culinary sophistication. Pide flat cake goes well with all kinds of spreads, as well as a set of meze and hummus snacks.
On the territory of Turkey, several types of tortillas with fillings are common at once – these are gesleme, pide and even lahmujan. It differs from lahmajum pide only in the thickness of the dough sheet and the baking form in the boat. No wonder some people call such cakes “Turkish boat” or “Turkish pizza.” Try it, it is really very simple and delicious!
Turkish Cuisine: Turkish Meze Appetizers
Turkish meze or mezeleri appetizer served in small plates, literally for one or two servings