From gözleme to pekmez: Yotam Ottolenghi’s Turkish-inspired recipes

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With Thanksgiving and Christmas some connected the horizon, I should truly beryllium suggesting recipes for turkey. But it’s the country, not the bird, that has my bosom year-round and that inspires the nutrient I often privation to eat. The turkey recipes volition travel soon enough, I promise, but for present I’m each astir Turkey. With its absorption connected lentils and feta, lukewarm spices and tomato, molasses and tahini, slow-cooked vegetables and stuffed pastries, these are recipes that are for autumn life, and not conscionable the run-up to Christmas.

Confit celeriac with orangish and dill (pictured above)

This crockery is inspired by the Turkish method of cooking vegetables mildly successful olive lipid until they’re precise soft. It’s usually served arsenic portion of a acold oregon lukewarm meze spread, but to crook it into a much important meal, capable a pitta with immoderate celeriac slices and feta, past sprinkle coriander seeds connected top.

Prep 15 min
Cook 1 hr 45 min
Rest 30 min
Serves 4 arsenic a main oregon 6 arsenic a side

2 ample oranges, 5 bladed strips of peel shaved off, past juiced to get 250ml
2 lemons, 3 bladed strips of peel shaved off, past juiced to get 50ml
170ml olive oil
1 tsp demerara sugar
9 ail cloves
, peeled
1kg celeriac, trimmed and chopped into 8 skin-on wedges
20g clump dill, leaves picked and astir chopped
½ reddish chilli (10g), thinly sliced
Salt and achromatic pepper
1 tbsp coriander seeds, crushed and toasted, to serve

To service arsenic a main course
200g feta, crumbled
6 lukewarm pitas

Heat the oven to 190C (170C fan)/375F/gas 5. Put the archetypal 8 ingredients (including some the citrus peel and juices) successful a 20cm x 30cm roasting tin with 2 teaspoons of brackish and a bully grind of pepper, flip to coat, past put the celeriac wedges soma broadside down connected the tray. Spoon the tray juices implicit the top, screen with foil, and cook for an hr and 30 minutes, basting and turning the wedges each half-hour – the celeriac is acceptable erstwhile a food weapon goes easy done the thickest part. Take retired of the oven, assistance disconnected the foil and permission to chill for 30 minutes.

Stir fractional the dill and fractional the chilli into the celeriac pan, past sprinkle the remainder connected apical with a 3rd of the coriander seeds. Serve lukewarm oregon acold with the remaining coriander seeds and the feta and pita, if using, connected the side.

Lentil, spinach and feta gözlemes with grated herb salsa

Yotam Ottolenghi’s lentil, spinach and feta Gözlemes with grated herb  salsa.
Yotam Ottolenghi’s lentil, spinach and feta gözleme with grated herb salsa.

Gözleme is simply a Turkish staple – a fashionable thoroughfare nutrient of stuffed flatbread that’s usually filled with minced lamb oregon leafy vegetables and herbs. This lentil stuffing is untraditional, but it lends itself good to the buttery, flaky dough. To marque this crockery vegan, simply spell for olive lipid alternatively of food and omit the feta.

Prep 20 min
Rest 1 hr
Cook 1 hr 30 min
Serves 4

For the dough
450g plain flour, positive other for dusting
Salt and achromatic pepper
200g unsalted butter, melted

For the filling
3 tbsp olive oil
2 onions
, peeled and finely chopped (240g)
4 ail cloves, peeled and finely crushed
1 reddish chilli, finely chopped, seeds and all
2 tbsp conifer nuts
¾ tsp cumin seeds
2½ tbsp herb paste
½ tsp crushed turmeric
250g ready-cooked puy lentils
150g babe spinach leaves
120g feta
, crumbled

For the grated herb salsa
400g plum tomatoes, astir grated and skins discarded (260g net)
2 ail cloves, peeled and finely crushed
1½ tbsp citrus juice
3 tbsp olive oil

First, marque the dough. Put the flour successful a ample vessel with three-quarters of a spoon of salt, premix to combine, past marque a good successful the centre. Tip successful 260ml boiling h2o and 50g of the melted butter, and premix until you person a sticky dough. Tip retired connected to a lightly floured enactment aboveground and knead for 5 minutes, until creaseless and elastic. Return the dough to the bowl, screen with a damp beverage towel and permission to remainder for astatine slightest 30 minutes and up to an hour.

Meanwhile, marque the filling. Put the lipid successful a mean saute cookware connected a medium-high vigor and, erstwhile hot, adhd the onions and saute, stirring regularly, for 20 minutes, until translucent. Add the garlic, chilli, conifer nuts, cumin, herb paste and turmeric, navigator for different 5 minutes, until fragrant, past disturbance successful the lentils, spinach, a spoon and a fractional of brackish and a bully grind of achromatic pepper. Cook, stirring often truthful the lentils get somewhat smashed, until the spinach has wilted, past instrumentality disconnected the vigor and permission to cool. Once the premix has cooled to country temperature, disturbance successful the crumbled feta and disagreement the filling premix into 8 adjacent 80-85g portions.

Once the dough has rested, disagreement it into 8 astir 90g pieces and rotation into balls. Liberally particulate a enactment aboveground with flour, past usage a well-dusted rolling pin to rotation retired 1 shot into a 1mm-thick, astir 30cm x 28cm rectangle . Brush generously with immoderate of the remaining butter, then, with 1 of the longer sides facing you, fold implicit the 2 shorter ends to conscionable successful the mediate and brushwood with much butter. Spoon 1 of the filling portions into the centre of the dough, past dispersed retired into a astir 10cm-wide square, taking attraction you don’t dispersed it retired truthful overmuch that it reaches the edges. Fold implicit the 2 other ends of the dough rectangle to encase the filling, making definite it is wholly covered, past firmly property unneurotic the edges to seal – you should beryllium near with a 18cm x 12cm stuffed rectangle. Carefully transportation the gözleme to a tray, screen with a beverage towel and repetition with the remaining dough, filling and melted butter.

Mix the salsa ingredients successful a tiny vessel with a quarter-teaspoon of salt.

Turn connected the oven to debased to lukewarm up, truthful you tin support the cooked gözlemes hot. Set a ample frying cookware connected a medium-low heat. Brush the apical of a dough parcel with much melted food and laic buttered broadside down successful the cookware (depending connected the size of your pan, you whitethorn beryllium capable to fry them successful batches of 2 oregon 3 astatine a time). Brush the apical with much butter, permission to navigator for 3 minutes, until aureate and crisp underneath, past cautiously flip implicit and navigator for 3 minutes connected the different side. Transfer to a tray successful the oven to support warm, and repetition with the remaining gözleme.

Arrange the blistery gözlemes connected a platter and service with the salsa connected the side.

Tahini and mulberry pekmez toasts with pick food and sesame seeds

Yotam Ottolenghi’s tahini and mulberry pekmez toasts with pick  food  and sesame seeds.
Yotam Ottolenghi’s tahini and mulberry pekmez toasts with pick food and sesame seeds.

Turkey is celebrated for its pekmez, a molasses-like reduced axenic effect foodstuff that’s wide disposable successful Middle Eastern nutrient stores. This look makes much pekmez dispersed than is needed here, truthful support the excess successful the fridge for spooning implicit yoghurt oregon ice-cream; it’ll past for up to 2 weeks. If you can’t find mulberry pekmez, usage day syrup instead.

Prep 15 min
Cook 20 min
Serves 4 arsenic a snack

4 x 1½cm-thick slices sourdough
3 tbsp olive oil
150ml mulberry pekmez
(AKA mulberry molasses, oregon day syrup)
100ml tahini
2 tbsp achromatic sesame seeds
, toasted and lightly crushed successful a mortar
1 tbsp achromatic sesame seeds, toasted and lightly crushed successful a mortar
½ tsp flaked salt
200g pick cheese

Put the sourdough connected a ample oven tray and brushwood generously connected some sides with olive oil. Toast the breadstuff successful a adust frying cookware (or successful the oven) connected medium-high vigor for a full of 5 to six minutes, turning erstwhile halfway, until aureate and crisp connected some sides. Keep the toast lukewarm until you are acceptable to assemble the dish.

Mix the molasses and tahini successful a tiny vessel until smooth, past acceptable aside. In a 2nd tiny bowl, harvester the sesame seeds and flaked salt.

To assemble, dispersed the pick food evenly and thickly implicit 1 broadside of each toast. Drizzle oregon spoon implicit a tablespoonful of the molasses-tahini premix and sprinkle a spoon of the sesame effect premix connected top. Serve with the bowls of the remaining pekmez dispersed and sesame premix connected the side.