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

Friday, April 30, 2010

Turkish Scrambled Eggs with Sujuk

(Sucuklu Menemen)

Turkish Scrambled Eggs with Sujuk
7-8 slice of sujuk, the skin removed
2 eggs
1 cubanelle pepper, cut in bite size
1 medium sized tomato, diced
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp cumin

Place the sujuk slices on the pan. Cook for about 2-3 minutes over low heat, don't dry them! Then turn each slice over quickly with a fork. Put them in a small plate.

Place the olive oil and cubanelle peppers in the same pan. Cook for about 2 minutes on medium-high heat. Then add the tomatoes, cumin, salt and pepper. Cook for another 7-8 minutes, stirring occasionally over low-medium heat.

Mix the eggs in a bowl, and pour into the pan. Then add the cooked sujuks. Keep stirring periodically until the eggs are done. Make sure you don't overcook, otherwise it will be dry. Serve with bread as a breakfast or lunch.

2 servings.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Brussels Sprout

(Bruksel Lahanası)

Brussels Sprout
300 gr Brussels sprout, stem side cut off, remove few outer leaves
2 + 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
7-8 pearl onion, cut in half
1-2 garlic cloves, chopped
2 tbsp crushed tomato, in can
1 tbsp red pepper paste
1 cubanelle pepper, cut in bite size
1 tomato, peeled, diced
10 small size mushrooms, cut in half
1/3 cup water
1 tsp basil
1 pinch sugar

Bring the water with salt to boil in a medium sized cooking pot at medium heat. Then add in the Brussels sprout, stir. Cook for about 2 minutes, drain.

Saute the onion with 2 tbsp olive oil for about 2 minutes. Add the garlic. When the smell of garlic comes out, add the rest of the ingredients, stir. Cook for about 15-20 minutes at medium heat. If it necessary you can add a little bit more hot water.

Let it cool down first. Pour the rest of the olive oil. Then, place it in a service plate.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010



500 gr ricotta cheese
2 egg yolk
1 tbsp flour, all purpose
2 tbsp semolina - I used Turkish semolina
2/3 cup sugar - first add 1/2 cup sugar, if you want more you can go up to a total of 2/3 cup of sugar
1 tbsp Thick Turkish Cream or English Devon Cream or very thick cream or %40 Double Cream-(President's Choice-Loblaws in Toronto)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Mix the egg yolks with ricotta cheese and place the mixture in a large pan. Cook at low heat until its juice is evaporated for about an hour. Stir occasionally.

Add the flour, semolina, sugar, vanilla extract, cream into the cheese. Cook until the sugar dissolves while stirring occasionally with low-medium heat. Turn the heat off. Cover it with the lid. Let it rest for about 10 minutes. Then, place in separate small bowls. Serve Hoşmerim while still warm.

4 servings.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Stuffed Zucchini with Bulgur

(Bulgurlu Kabak Dolmasi)

Stuffed Zucchini with Bulgur
5 small zucchini, washed
150 ml hot water
1 tbsp crushed tomato
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Tomato slices

150 gr medium ground beef
2 tbsp Turkish bulgur, large grain,rinsed and drained
2 green onion, chopped
50 ml water
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 tsp red pepper
1 tbsp red pepper paste
1 tbsp lemon juice

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1-2 garlic cloves, mashed with salt
1 tsp mint
1-2 tbsp lemon juice

Wash the zucchini and cut off a thin slice of the bottom of each one, so that they can stand up straight. Cut off the tops (as in the picture) and carve out the insides.

Mix all the filling ingredients with a teaspoon and stuff the zucchini. Leave some room at the top. While filling the zucchini, don't push the filling in, instead tap the zucchini vertically on the counter. Then cover the zucchinis with the tomato slices. Place them in a small cooking pot.

Mix the hot water, crushed tomato and olive oil and pour into the pot from the side. Cover the lid and cook for about 20 minutes at medium heat.

To prepare the sauce; heat up the olive oil in a small pan. Add the garlic, mint and lemon juice, stir. Slowly pour the sauce all over the Stuffed Zucchinis. Close the lid. Turn the heat off in 2 minutes.

Place the cooked zucchini on a service plate. Pour some of the sauce from the pot on top of them. Serve it with lemon wedges.

Don't throw away the zucchini tops and insides. Grate or cut them into small pieces and make Zucchini Pate :)

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Ricotta Cheese with Green Pepper

(Biberli Lor)

Ricotta Cheese with Green Pepper
1 sweet or hot long green pepper or Cubanelle pepper, discard the seeds, sliced
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup salted Ricotta Cheese (Making Ricotta Cheese from Yogurt)

Soften the peppers with olive oil for about 2-3 minutes, do not over cook! Turn the heat off, put the ricotta cheese in it, toss.

Serve Peppered Ricotta Cheese as a breakfast with freshly baked Turkish bread, Turkish black olive and tomato slices.

Monday, April 05, 2010



1 medium size eggplant. peeled, diced
1 large potato, peeled, diced
1 cubanelle pepper, cut in bite size
1/2 cup sunflower oil
1 + 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves , mashed with salt
3 medium size tomato, peeled, diced


1/4 cup parsley, chopped

Soak the eggplants in a salty water for 20 minutes. Squeeze and dry with the paper towel. Pour 1/2 cup of sunflower oil into the pan, fry potato, green pepper and eggplants. Put them on a paper towel to soak extra oil.

Meantime, suttee the mashed garlic with 1 tbsp olive oil on medium heat until the smell of garlic comes out. Pour the tomatoes in it and cook for about 10 minutes on medium heat. Add the fried vegetables in it, cook for another 2-3 minutes.

Place Shakshuka in a service plate. Pour the rest of the olive oil (2 tbsp) and sprinkle fresh parsley all over it. Serve the dish at room temperature or chilled.

*You may also serve this dish with Yogurt Sauce with Garlic by the side.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Iskender Kebab with Meatballs

(Kofteli Iskender Kebap)

Iskender Kebab with Meatballs
Inegol Kofte made from 500 gr medium ground veal

4 pieces of Asian Nan Pita bread or plain pide
6 slice of Turkish or French bread, cut in bite size cubes


1 cup tomato paste, heated up with a few tbs of water
(or use canned crushed tomatoes)
2 tbsp butter
Turkish yogurt, plain, room temperature

First, fry the meatballs in a Teflon pan without oil. Then, place them over the pita or bread bread pieces. Pour the tomato sauce on top and place a few spoons of yogurt on the side. Lastly, melt the butter in a small pan. When it starts bubbling, pour over the tomato sauce.

Serve Iskender Kebab while still hot with roasted and peeled Cubanelle peppers by the side.

4 servings.