My parents are visiting from Istanbul; it’s been over three years since they were last here, it really is wonderful to have them in England. Regular visitors of this blog knows that my parents’ love of Turkish food and passion for sharing others have been a major influence on us and hence the share of delicious Turkish cuisine in my blog. You can imagine how excited I am about spending time with parents, cooking together with my mother, gathering with friends and family to share.
My mother brought some wonderful yufka, Turkish fresh, paper thin sheets of pastry – a real luxury as I can’t get them here in England. We made this easy and delicious tray bake with ground meat and onions; kiymali tepsi boregi. Another delicious borek you can easily make at home using filo pastry sheets if yufka is not available.
It’s been a week of mixed emotions, as we have all been deeply saddened with the Soma Mine Disaster in Turkey, where, unfortunately over 300 miners passed away..Our heart goes out to all families and souls passed away, May they rest in peace.. Basimiz Sagolsun.. I have come across some wonderful fundraising efforts to help the families and the children, affected by this very sad tragedy. Below are a few of them, if you would like to be a part of this support:
My best wishes,
- 3 sheets of yufka Or 12 sheets of filo pastry (each sheet 48cmx25cm), thawed
- 2 onions, finely chopped
- 400 gr/ 14 oz. ground beef or lamb (or a mixture)
- 2 eggs
- 8 fl. oz. /1 cup whole or semi skimmed milk + extra 2 tbsp. milk for the top of the pastry
- 4 fl. oz./ ½ cup water
- 45ml / 3 tbsp. olive oil
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- Heat 1 tbsp. olive oil in a wide, heavy pan and stir in the chopped onions. Sauté over medium heat for 3-4 minutes to soften them up.
- Stir in the ground meat to the onion mixture and sauté for another 5 minutes over medium heat. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Beat 1 egg and 1 egg white (save the remaining 1 egg yolk in a small bowl for later) and mix with 1 cup of milk and ½ cup of water.
- Grease a baking tray with 1 tbsp. olive oil and spread 1 sheet of yufka (with excess of yufka hanging out of tray) or 2 sheets of filo pastry on top of one another.
- Spread 3 tbsp. of milk, water & egg mixture evenly over the pastry.
- Lay the next sheet of yufka or 2 more sheets of filo pastry. Again, Spread 3 tbsp. of milk, water & egg mixture evenly over the pastry.
- If using filo pastry, lay two more sheets. Again, Spread 3 tbsp. of milk, water & egg mixture evenly over the pastry.
- Spread the ground meat and onion mixture evenly over the pastry.
- Lay the last layer of yufka sheet over the filling and tuck in and fold the excess sides of yufka sheet over the filling as a layer.
- If using filo pastry sheets, spread the ground meat and onion filling over the 6th sheet, after spreading the egg, milk and water mixture.
- Place 2 more sheets of filo pastry over the filling and continue to spread 3 tbsp. of milk, water & egg mixture evenly over the pastry. Lay the 10th filo sheet spread 3 tbsp. of milk, water & egg mixture evenly over the pastry. Then lay the last two sheets of filo pastry.
- Mix 2 tbsp. milk with the remaining egg yolk and remaining 1 tbsp. olive oil (if you have any milk & egg and water mixture left, you can add this mixture too). Spread this mixture over the last sheet of yufka or filo pastry.
- Bake in the pre-heated oven (180C/350F) for 20- 25 minutes, until the top of the pastry turns to golden to light brown.
- Once cooked, cover with a baking paper to keep moist and cool for 10 minutes. Slice in squares and serve warm.