Binnur's Turkish Cookbook - Delicious, healthy and easy-to-make Ottoman & Turkish recipes

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Classic Turkish Breakfast

(Klasik Turk Kahvaltisi)

Classic Turkish Breakfast
Breakfast is very important in Turkish cuisine and has a rich variety. Butter, cheese (Beyaz Peynir, Kasar, Tulum etc..) black or green olives, eggs; soft or hard-boiled, marmalade or recel (recel is different than marmalade, fruits are preserved as they are in recel, they are not mashed as in marmalade).

Other items in a classic Turkish Breakfast are contain Tarhana Soup, which is great for winter mornings, as is Tahini & Grape Molasses. Also Sucuk (Turkish Sausage, seasoned with garlic and spices), Pastirma (similar to prosciutto or pastrami, also seasoned with garlic and spices), Borek, and other pastries are very popular. Weekends especially are a good time to gather the family around and have it brunch-style. We love to have conversations while eating every meal, and there is no rush to leave sofra (dining table). Our wildly large cuisine's gift to us is having long, lovely sofra basi muhabbeti (chat) :)

I hope you will enjoy our style of breakfast as much as we do.... Afiyet olsun (Bon Apetit). I am also going to post more breakfast ideas soon.

Turkish Tea
Soft or hard-boiled eggs, sizzled with extra virgin olive oil, sprinkle some oregano and red pepper on top, or have it plain:)
Stuffed or regular green olives
Black Turkish olives in extra virgin olive oil, a little bit of lemon juice, some oregano and crushed red pepper on top
Feta cheese (Beyaz Peynir), plain or some sizzled olive oil on top
Homemade jam, any kind
Cubanelle Pepper, washed
Red Pepper, washed
Tomato, washed and sliced
Cucumber, washed and sliced
Pide or Turkish Bread


At 11:47 AM, Blogger labelga said...

lovely post, Binnur, I'd like a Turkish breakfast!

At 12:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yummy! Reminds me of breakfasts in Istanbul - definitely worth getting up for!!
All the best, Binnur, from Joan in Milan

At 11:16 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Labelga, please join us for the weekend breakfast:)

Hi Joan,
I didn't know you visited Istanbul! Then you already know all the different parts of a Turkish Breakfast:) Everything is so seasonal and so is definitely worth getting up for it:)

At 12:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merhaba and congratulations on an outstanding site. Great recipes, great instructions = great dishes!
Here in the NY City area, as Turkish restaurants proliferate, there seems to be no availability of simit. So... question: any idea where one can get simit in this part of the country (surely a Turkish breakfast/brunch is incomplete without simit...) Thanks and keep up the GREAT work.

At 8:09 PM, Blogger Garrett said...

A truly shibby breakfast indeed! Looks fabu!
I tried your spinach cake and loved it btw! I then adapted it for peas and made it into a cupcake for a yummy dessert.

At 10:20 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Thank you:) You can get simit from - they have a great
selection of Turkish food.

At 10:23 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Garret,
Thank you:) I just visited your site, you have so many great recipes and I loved the little green cup cakes...great idea:) Soon I'll try it for myself:)

At 6:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mmmmm yummy yummy :) i miss our Breakfasts ! Thank god My husband and my son have no problem about having Turkish style Breakfast,the only problem is having enough time to prepare...

with Love From Italy (or should i say Russia? :)

At 9:44 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Sevgili Esra,
Where are you, in Italy or Russia:) Where ever we are, it's always so
nice to start a new lovely day with Turkish Breakfast isn't it......

At 5:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Binnur,

Do you have a recipe for Turkish pizza (Lahmacun)? If you do could you please e-mail to me.

At 5:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I apologize I left you a comment about Lahmacun and I forgot to leave you my e-mail address here it is:

At 5:49 PM, Anonymous Joanne said...

Looks fabulous! Breakfast is the one thing I really miss the most. My husband's family lives in Rize and they have bee hives so we had fresh honey on our toast in the mornings besides the other items you have pictured. Delicious.

At 4:42 AM, Anonymous Alan Ovacik/Kendal said...

We are so pleased to have found this site Binnur we live in Fethiye area for six months each year.Earlyish retirement. We love Turkish food and being the family chef for my wife and myself its good to have use of these genuine receipes.
Being an old devil just wanted to say Koy Kahvalt is good at home but for those not able due to being away. If you come to Fethiye area we have two wonderful places we use nearly every sunday one on the beach under shady trees all homemade produce including sheep milk yogurt. The other is a "posh" restaurant they serve buffet style again fabulous range of all parts of the Khavakti. 360 view of the bay of Fethiye. Both very good value. Hope this brings a smile to some and maybe a fond tear.


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