Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Gözleme: A Recipe for Turkish Pancakes

One of my favourite meals in Turkey was the ubiquitous Gözleme, a thin pancake stuffed with yummy fillings. Veggie options typically included some combination of potato, cheese, onion, and spinach, with very liberal application of seasonings.

I haven't yet braved making my own dough for the pancakes - it's going to be hugely challenging to roll it so thinly - but I did manage to find pre-made sheets in a local Turkish grocery shop. They're called yufka. The ones we bought in Turkey were full circular sheets (folded to fit in the packet) but the only ones I've found in the UK are cut into triangles.

If I'd been aiming for total authenticity, I should have bought some Turkish cheese, but as it happened I used red leicester as that's what I had in the fridge! The Turkish "white cheese" tends to be slightly acidic, and gives a bit of a different taste to the final dish. You could use feta to approximate the flavour, and crumble it rather than grating.

Gozleme ready to eat

Yufka - dough sheets

Gözleme Recipe
Serves 2

8 yufka triangles
1 medium potato
1 onion
50g (2oz) cheese
Olive oil

Herbs & seasonings to taste:
flat leaf parsley
black pepper
  1. Grate the potato and cheese, and finely chop the onion.
  2. Brush one side of a yufka triangle with olive oil.
  3. Put the triangle oil-side down in a pan.
  4. Arrange a quarter of the cheese, potato and onion evenly across the surface.
  5. Season with liberal quantities of salt, pepper, sumac, and oregano.
  6. Put another triangle on top, and brush more oil on top.
  7. Cook over a low heat for 10-15 minutes, turning frequently, until both sides are browned.
  8. Repeat for the remaining yufka sheets.

Gozleme in the pan

Gozleme filling


Rachel said...

It's interesting to see how many cuisines have a pancake-like item in them, isn't it!

becky said...

Oh, that looks positively yummy...your cooking is way out of my league...I like the idea of pre-made sheets and use them for making pizza.

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Julia | JuliasAlbum.com said...

You have wonderful Turkish recipes on your site! I used to frequent Turkish restaurants A LOT - and I love Turkish cuisine!

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