Gozleme (Gözleme)

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Ingredients

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Dough
350 ml water lukewarm
1 tablespoon Salt
600 g Flour self-raising
Stuffing
250 g spinach
100 g feta cheese diced
100 g cheese Mozzarella
1 teaspoon Salt
10 ml Olive oil

Gozleme (Gözleme)

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Gozleme (Gözleme) is easiest to describe as a favourite Turkish snack. Recipe for Gozleme is quite simple and easy to make.

  • 50
  • Serves 6
  • Easy

Ingredients

  • Dough

  • Stuffing

Directions

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Gozleme (Gözleme) is easiest to describe as a favourite Turkish snack. It is a simple and tasty flatbread usually made of unleavened dough filled with different stuffing. Recipe for Gozleme is quite simple and easy to make.

Traditionally, the dough is rolled out in front of you, filled and baked on a griddle. Due to the way it is prepared and the appearance, tourists often call it Turkish pancake.

Gozleme can most often be found stuffed with cheese (Peynirli), spinach (Ispanaklı), potato (patatesli). There is much other stuffing, which mostly depends on the region, but on personal preferences as well. Recently, thanks to tourism, you can find “contemporary” versions filled with chocolate spreads, fruit jams, honey. There are numerous variations.

Until recently, Gozleme was considered a rural food. However, thanks to popular culture and tourism, there has been an explosion of interest in this dish. Today it can be found literally on every corner in Turkey. I dare say that in almost every market there are stands with it. Also, there are more and more restaurants and hotels which have it on standard offer. I was especially interested in the roadside stands where you can stop and buy fresh Gozleme.

Gozleme Recipe Origin

Gozleme comes from the Turkish word Göz, which means eye. Namely, brown spots are formed during baking, hence the name. As with other traditional dishes, there are no detailed historical records of the origin of this dish. However, it is assumed that, like I borek, it is present in Turkish cuisine for more than a thousand years. In fact, Gozleme can often be found under the name saç böreği.

Traditionally Gozleme was served as breakfast, but in the last few decades, it has evolved into a snack. Today it is a popular street-food. It is usually served sliced into pieces or as a single piece in a square shape. With it goes excellent turşu, which is a Turkish name for different kinds of pickled vegetables.

I tried it first, during my visit to Istanbul when an older woman prepared it in front of me. I got this Gozleme recipe from her, and the method of preparation as well.

Steps

1
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In a deep bowl, mix the flour and salt. Add water and knead the dough until you get a compact mass.
Divide the dough into small pieces and make balls with a diameter of approx. 3 inches. Leave them to proof while you make the stuffing.

2
Done

Wash the spinach and cut it into small pieces. Crush or grate the cheese, mix with spinach, pour over olive oil and add salt.

3
Done

Flour the base and roll the dough balls as thin as possible. Place the filling on half of the rolled dough. Fold everything as shown in the image.

4
Done

Heat the pan, sprinkle with oil and bake Gozleme. Bake on each side for a few minutes until it gets a nice brown colour. The procedure is similar to pancakes.

5
Done

Cut Gozleme into strips 5-6 cm wide and serve as a snack, ideally with pickled vegetables.

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