Friday, July 20, 2007

Turkish Appetizer

I invited my friends from my English class to our house last month. My friends are from all over the world. They didn't know much about Turkish food. So I wanted to cook some Turkish food, so that they have some idea about our foods and culture. I thought the best trick was preparing Turkish appetizers for my guests. It was like an appetizer buffet. They loved everything :)
After buffet, we had Turkish tea and some dessert. One of my friends has never tasted Turkish tea. He didn't want to drink at first because the weather was so hot. But when he tried he couldn't make himself stop :)

Here is some of my recipes. Also, I forgot to take pictures of some of my foods. I prepared more different salad and desserts. Anyway I hope you will enjoy!

Eggplant Salad
  • 2 large eggplants
  • 1 tomato
  • 1\4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1 lemon juice
  • 2 crushed garlics
  • salt, a little bit black pepper, olive oil.
Prepare the oven to 350 F. Line a sheet pan with a piece of aluminum foil. Make a few cuts to egg plants by using a knife. Cook the eggplants until they become very flabby. Then let them cool. Peel the skin and mash the eggplants. Add lemon juice, garlic, salt, black paper and olive oil; then mix together. Decorate your salad with cut tomatoes and parsley.

Potato Salad
  • 6-7 potatos
  • a half bunch of parsley
  • 2-3 fresh green onion and also if you like you can put finely chopped onion, too
  • 1 tablespoon mild paprika
  • 1 lemon juice
  • black pepper, salt, olive oil as you taste
  • 2 cups of chopped romaine lettuce
In a large pot, boil the water. Cook the potatoes until the toothpick goes in easily. Let them cool.
In a large bowl, chop the parsley, green onions, romaine lettuce, mix them with lemon juice, paprika, black pepper, salt, olive oil. Peel the skin of potatoes. Cut into squares. Add into salad. Mix well but do not mash potatos. Serve cool.

Borek with spinach
Borek with Cheese
Borek is the main appetizer as my partner mentioned in her last post. Of course, I always serve borek for my guest. I made the same borek as Minik Kuş made. And also I made borek with spinach and cheese.

  • 1cup chickpeas
  • 2 tablespoons tahini (crashed sesame seeds)
  • 1 large lemon juice
  • 3 grated garlics
  • salt,a little bit black pepper, olive oil
  • Hot water

The night before, put the chickpeas in the hot water. In a large pot, boil the water and add a little bit salt, olive oil and chickpeas. Boil until cooked. The best way for cooking chickpeas is using pressure cooker or you can use canned chickpeas. Because it takes a long time to cook.
When chickpeas are ready, mash the chickpea with blender and add a little bit hot water if it needs. It shouldnt be dry. Add tahini, lemon juice, garlics,
salt,a little bit black pepper, olive oil in it, mix them well.
Bon appetite!