Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Regional Recipes Roud-up: Turkey!!

I think this was the best round of Regional Recipes yet. The participants did such a great job at showcasing the flavors and textures of Turkish cuisine. Every one of these submissions have been added to my must-try-soon list. I think you'll enjoy them too.

Hamsi Tava (crispy fried anchovies) submitted by Momgateway. I love anchovies in all forms, but fried anchovies are icing on the cake!

Cerez Tavugu (Circassian chicken) submitted by Mary of One Perfect Bite. Mary says Circassian chicken is like a western chicken salad, only more flavorful and nutritious. It’s a dish everyone should make at least once before they die. Now that's a strong endorsement!

Nohut salatasi (Turkish chickpea salad) submitted by Wandering Chopsticks. All our favorite ingredients—chickpeas, olives, onions, tomatoes—tossed with a zingy lemon dressing.

Lamb Kebab submitted by yours truly. Grilled lamb patties rolled in flatbread with a cool yogurt sauce. Hits the spot at 3AM after a night of merrymaking.

Hunkar Begendi (beef stew with eggplant puree) submitted by Joanne of Eats Well with Others. The surprise in this dish is the eggplant puree. It’s made by combining roasted, mashed eggplant with a smooth b├ęchamel. That’s a new combination I’ll definitely be trying soon.

And last, but definitely not least, [eatingclub]vancouver showed their culinary prowess by submitting not one, but 5 dishes! Talk about Turkish extravaganza!

Let’s start with the borek with beef filling. Phyllo dough stuffed with ground beef and baked to a golden brown. They get bonus points for the beautiful, rustic presenation ☺

Etli biber dolmasi (stuffed peppers with groundmeat). A filling, familiar favorite.

Turkish bulgur kofte. Dense dumplings served with a garlicky yogurt sauce.

Mualle (eggplant and lentil stew with pomegranate molasses). Creamy eggplant, earthy lentils and a subtle punch courtesy of pomegranate molasses—an exotically delicious dish!

Kisir (Turkish bulgur tabbouleh). Take note guys, this is a dish that can cause a little excitement with the ladies.

Now aren't these submissions impressive? I hope you'll click through and check out the posts. You may learn something. I certainly did!

For our next region, I choose Korea!

Wandering Chopsticks will be hosting the next round. If you'd like to participate, please read the guidelines, then send submissions, with a photo, to wanderingchopsticks(at)gmail(dot)com. by June 15th.


Mary Bergfeld said...

Darlene, thank you for your effort in making this event possible. It is appreciated.

dp said...

Mary, thank you for participating! This event keeps going due to people like you :-)

Wandering Chopsticks said...

So many great recipes. Especially the Eating Club ladies. What a Turkish extravaganza.

And thank you for a great round-up.

momgateway said...

Thanks for making this happen! I'm excited about the next Regional recipes. Count me in if you need volunteers to host in the future.

pam said...

These look great! I'm sorry I missed it this time. It's kind of funny, but I originally made something using turkey, and then as I was writing it up, I realized, that, it was Turkey not turkey!!! So, then I got mad at myself for being so stupid. Luckily I can't confuse Korean!

Dee said...

Pam, we're part of the same club. When eatingclub vancouver announced Turkey, I thought they were naming a theme ingredient and had it confused with Weekend wokking for a split second. Then I got the first again and was confused for a split second, again. I must be losing my mind.

Dee said...

okay, that didn't make sense, now did it? I really am losing my mind.

I meant to say, when I got the first submission, I got confused again.

Manggy said...

Great round-up! AND I actually have a Korean dish waiting in the wings... Ha ha ha :)

TS of eatingclub vancouver said...

Great round-up! Such a variety of dishes. Teehee, funny about confusing turkey and Turkey. Thanks for including all our entries, hehe.

We were originally thinking of choosing KOREA, actually. So, I'm glad you chose it. Don't know what to make yet... Have always wanted to make bibimbap but have been too lazy. Maybe this will give us a chance to finally do so.