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Baked Cauliflower with feta, dill, onions; Karnabahar Mucveri

Baked Cauliflower with feta, dill, onions; Firinda Karnabahar Mucveri

Baked Cauliflower with feta, dill, onions; Firinda Karnabahar Mucveri

Inspired by the delicious Zucchini/courgette fritters with feta; Mucver, as we call it in Turkish, this time I made this wonderful dish using cauliflowers. Rather than frying, I baked the cauliflower florets flavored with feta, dill, onions in the oven. The result has been equally delicious and lighter in flavor, served with a refreshing wedge of lemon aside.

Inspired by the delicious zucchini/courgette fritters with feta (Mucver, as we call it in Turkish), here comes baked cauliflower florets flavored with feta, dill, onions. Delicious with wedge of lemon aside.

Here comes baked cauliflower florets flavored with feta, dill, onions. Delicious with wedge of lemon aside.

I love cauliflower’s firm texture and you can flavor it easily with herbs, olive oil and lemon juice. During our Culinary tour to Turkey a few years ago, we made the cauliflower fritters with feta and dill at our Aegean style cookery class in Sirince; they were scrumptious with garlic yoghurt aside.

Stir in the chopped red onions, spring (green onions), parsley, dill, olive oil and the crumbled feta cheese to the bowl with the cauliflower florets.

Stir in the chopped red onions, spring (green onions), parsley, dill, olive oil and the crumbled feta cheese to the bowl along with the cauliflower florets.

I am happy to report that baking rather than frying works very well in this dish. It is easier, lighter and still packed with flavor. Dill, parsley, spring onions, red onions pack a punch and flavor the cauliflowers very nicely, along with feta cheese. You can add some red pepper flakes to the mixture for a pleasant heat, if you like. There’s also no need to cook the cauliflowers beforehand.

You can serve this baked cauliflower florets with Cacik dip of yoghurt with cucumber and garlic or the Shepherd’s Salad; it would make a delicious lunch or light supper with crusty bread and wedge of lemon aside. Baked Cauliflower with feta, dill, onions, Firinda Karnabahar Mucveri would also accompany grills well – delicious hot or cold.

Baked Cauliflower with feta, dill, onions, Firinda Karnabahar Mucveri

Baked Cauliflower with feta, dill, onions; Firinda Karnabahar Mucveri

 

If you enjoy wonderful hot and cold mezes, vegetables cooked in olive oil like this dish and more, I have included a large variety of vegetarian courses in my cookery book, Ozlem’s Turkish Table, available to order at this link.

Afiyet Olsun,

Ozlem

4.7 from 7 reviews
Baked Cauliflower with feta, dill, onions; Karnabahar Mucveri
 
An utterly delicious vegetarian Turkish appetizer, featuring cauliflowers, flavored with feta cheese, onions, dill, parsley. Baking works very well here, the result is a lovely, light vegetarian dish; delicious hot or cold.
Author:
Recipe type: Vegetarian Turkish Appetizers
Cuisine: Turkish Cuisine
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 medium cauliflower (about 850 gr), cut into small florets
  • 180 gr / 6 ½ oz. feta cheese, drained and crumbled
  • 4 tbsp. / 60 ml all purpose (plain flour) – use gluten-free flour for gluten-free version
  • 3 medium eggs, beaten
  • ½ red onion, finely chopped
  • 3 spring (green) onions, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • Small bunch of flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • Small bunch of fresh dill, finely chopped
  • 30 ml/ 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 10 ml/ 2 tsp. red pepper flakes or chili flakes
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Wedges of lemon to serve
  • 22 cm x 22 cm (7”x7”) baking dish recommended
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / 350 F
  2. Cut the cauliflower in small florets, wash and drain the excess water in a colander/sieve.
  3. Beat the eggs in a small bowl.
  4. Place the drained cauliflower florets in a large mixing bowl. Stir in the chopped red onions, garlic, spring (green onions), parsley, dill, olive oil and the crumbled feta cheese to the bowl.
  5. Season with salt, ground black peppers and chili (red pepper flakes). Using your hands, combine all the ingredients. At this stage, you can check the seasoning – add more salt or peppers to your taste.
  6. Stir in the beaten egg and flour to the cauliflower mixture and combine well.
  7. Grease your baking dish with 15 ml/ 1 tbsp. olive oil and pour in the mixture to the baking dish.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven (180 C / 350 F) for 25 – 30 minutes, until the cauliflower florets have a nice light brown color on top.
  9. Slice and serve hot with a wedge of lemon and crusty bread aside. Cacik dip of yoghurt with diced cucumber and garlic or Shepherd’s salad with tomatoes, cucumbers and spring onion in lemon juice and olive oil dressing would go well with this delicious dish.
 

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Sautéed Liver with Red Onion, Parsley and Sumac Salad; Ciger Tava

Turkish Style Sauteed Liver with Red Onion, Parsley and Sumaz Piyaz Salad; Ciger Tava or Arnavut Cigeri

Turkish Style Sauteed Liver with Red Onion, Parsley and Sumaz Piyaz Salad; Ciger Tava or Arnavut Cigeri

I was delighted to spot calf’s liver at my butcher the other day and decided to make our popular dish, Ciger Tava, Sautéed Liver, served with red onions, parsley and sumac piyaz salad. Also known as Arnavut Cigeri in Turkey, this is an easy and delicious way to enjoy liver flavored with red pepper flakes, accompanied by sumac flavored red onion & parsley salad. With a squeeze of lemon over, it is great to see even those who may pass liver normally, enjoy this way of preparing.

I used calf’s liver as it was available but try also lamb’s liver if you can get it; utterly delicious prepared this way and a hugely popular mezze at home. We enjoyed it as a main course, accompanied by these delicious Potato and Bulgur rolls with pomegranate molasses, Patatesli, Bulgurlu Kofte aside.

Delicious and easy sauteed liver with red onion, parsley and sumac salad; Ciger Tava

Delicious and easy sauteed liver with red onion, parsley and sumac salad; Ciger Tava

Tip: The trick with cooking liver is that it needs to be stir fried quickly for a few minutes each side so it browns slightly and gets crispy outside but stays moist and soft inside. So please prepare your red onion, parsley and sumac salad first and then cook the liver so that you can serve straight after cooking over the salad, with a wedge of lemon aside.

We have a rich meze tradition in Turkish cuisine with a healthy, wide range choices of salads, dips, mezzes, vegetables cooked in olive to share with family and friends, including this Sauteed liver dish – all included in my cookery book. Ozlem’s Turkish Table, available to order (with a prompt delivery) at this link.

Afiyet Olsun,

Ozlem

4.8 from 5 reviews
Sautéed Liver with Red Onion, Parsley and Sumac Salad; Ciger Tava
 
Sauteed liver Turkish style, Ciger Tava or Arnavut Cigeri, as it is also known, is an easy and delicious way to enjoy liver with red pepper flakes. Sumac flavored red onion & parsley piyaz salad accompanies the sauteed liver very well; serve with a wedge of lemon aside, for an extra zing, flavor and freshness.
Author:
Recipe type: Turkish mezzes with liver
Cuisine: Turkish Cuisine
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 500 gr/ 1 ¼ lb. fresh lamb’s or calf’s liver
  • 60 ml / 4 tbsp. light olive oil
  • 45 ml/ 3 tbsp. all-purpose (plain) flour
  • 10 ml/ 2 tsp. red pepper flakes or chili flakes
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • For the red onion, parsley and sumac piyaz salad:
  • 1 large red onion, cut in half lengthways and thinly sliced
  • Handful of flat leaf parsley, coarsely chopped
  • 10 ml/ 2 tsp. ground sumac
  • 1 lemon cut in wedges
Instructions
  1. Make the piyaz salad first. Slice the red onion and rub 1-2 tsp salt (preferable sea salt) into the onion slices; this will soften the onions and make them more palatable. Stir in the chopped parsley, ground sumac and black pepper, combine well. Spread the piyaz salad on a serving dish and set aside.
  2. Slice the liver into chunky bites or stripes (removing skin or ducts).
  3. Spread the flour on a tray and stir in the red pepper flakes, salt and ground black pepper, mix well. Toss the sliced liver into the flour mixture and make sure all liver pieces have a light coating of the flour mixture.
  4. Heat the olive oil is a wide, heavy pan. In the meantime, place absorbent kitchen paper towel on a clean tray.
  5. Toss in the liver into the hot pan with olive oil and sauté on high heat for about 2-3 minutes each side. The liver pieces will become crispy and have a light brown coating outside but still will be moist and soft inside. Once cooked, remove with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper towel.
  6. Serve immediately over the bed of red onion, parsley and sumac salad. We like to serve with a wedge of lemon and squeeze the lemon juicer over the liver while eating; it gives a lovely refreshing taste to the liver and complements the red onion salad well.
Notes
The trick with cooking liver is that it needs to be stir fried quickly for a few minutes each side so it browns slightly and gets crispy outside but stays moist and soft inside. So please prepare your red onion, parsley and sumac salad first and then cook the liver so that you can serve straight after cooking with a wedge of lemon.

 

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Home made Turkish Pide Bread; Pide Ekmek

Home made Turkish round flat bread, Pide Ekmek

Home made Turkish round flat bread, Pide Ekmek

Firin, bakery in Long Market, Uzun Carsi; fond memories of getting our daily bread from there.

Firin, bakery in Long Market, Uzun Carsi; fond memories of getting our daily bread from there.

Bread, ekmek is a major staple in Turkish cuisine and appears generously at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Bread is treated with high respect and rarely wasted at home; stale bread is used in spreads like in this Walnuts and red pepper paste dip, Muhammara – Cevizli Biber, in soups as well as in puddings. Traditional oval or round pide bread, Ekmek, is a national favorite, traditionally cooked in hot clay oven. Pide bread is also a must in Turkish tables and highly consumed during the Ramadan period to break the fast. I have lots of fond childhood memories of strolling through Uzun Carsi, Long Market in Antakya to pick up the freshly baked bread and how delicious it was. Grandma would always order a spare one as she knew we had a soft spot for pide bread and half would be gone on the way home – just irresistible.

Stretch the dough into large, uneven rounds and indent the dough with your fingertips.

Stretch the dough into large, uneven rounds and indent the dough with your fingertips.

This version of pide (recipe adapted from Ghillie Basan’s Classic Turkish Cookery book) has a crispy crust but soft in texture, great to serve with mezzes and mop up the delicious juices of the casseroles and indispensable at Turkish Breakfast. Important tip: To keep the pides soft and warm, place a dry towel over them when fresh out of the oven. You can also reheat them before eating; just sprinkle them with water and place in a hot oven (180 C/ 350 F) for a few minutes.

Turkish pide bread, pide ekmek

Turkish pide bread, pide ekmek, straight from the oven

Pide bread and many more Turkish pastries and specialties are included at my cookery book, Ozlem’s Turkish Table, Recipes from My Homeland, available to order at this link with a prompt delivery, if you’d like to get it.

Afiyet Olsun,

Ozlem

5.0 from 4 reviews
Home made Turkish Pide Bread; Pide Ekmek
 
Bread, ekmek is a major staple in Turkish cuisine and appears generously at breakfast, lunch and dinner. This Turkish pide bread is delicious and easy to make at home. Pide is great to serve with mezzes and dips or mop up the delicious juices of casseroles and stews. This recipe is adapted from Ghillie Basan’s Classic Turkish Cookery book. Makes 2 medium sized Pide.
Author:
Recipe type: Turkish Flat Breads
Cuisine: Turkish Cuisine
Serves: 8 - 10
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. / 450 gr all-purpose plain flour
  • ¼ oz. 7 gr dried yeast or ½ oz. / 15 gr fresh yeast
  • ½ tsp. sugar
  • 6 fl. oz. / 175 ml lukewarm water
  • 5 ml/ 1 tsp. salt
  • 30 ml/ 2 tbsp. thick yoghurt
  • 30 ml/ 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 30 ml / 2 tbsp. nigella seeds or poppy seeds
  • 30 ml / 2 tbsp. sesame seeds
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F / 200 C
  2. Cream the yeast with sugar in half of the lukewarm water, leave to froth.
  3. Sift the flour with the salt. Make a well in the middle and pour in the yeast, olive oil, yoghurt and the rest of the water. With using your hands, draw in the flour from the sides and work the mixture into a sticky dough. Add a little more water if necessary. Knead until the dough is smooth and leaves the sides of the bowl (drizzle a little oil in your hands to help shape the dough, if needed too).
  4. Continue to knead on a lightly floured surface until the dough is elastic and smooth. Roll it in the few drops of olive oil in the bowl, cover with a damp towel and leave to prove in a warm place for 1- 1 ½ hours or until doubled in size.
  5. Preheat 2 baking sheets.
  6. Once doubled, punch the dough down, knead again and divide it into two pieces. Knead each piece well. Flatten them out with the heel of your hand and stretch them into large, uneven rounds or ovals, creating thick lip around the edges. Indent the dough with your fingertips.
  7. Lightly oil two hot baking sheets and place them in the oven for 2 minutes. Place the pide on them and brush the pides with the beaten egg. Then sprinkle the nigella (or poppy) seeds and sesame seeds over the top.
  8. Bake the pides for 18 – 20 minutes, until lightly golden with a crisp crust around the edges. Transfer them to a wire rack. If you want them to retain their softness, wrap them in aluminum foil or in a dry towel while still warm.
Notes
To keep the pides soft and warm, place a dry towel over them when fresh out of the oven. You can also reheat them before eating; just sprinkle them with water and place in a hot oven (180 C/ 350 F) for a few minutes.
 

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