TURKISH CUISINE: 5 MOUTHWATERING SPECIALTIES IN TURKEY

When you are visiting Turkey, you want to try the best of
the best cuisines while you are passing through. There are many fantastic
dishes that are made differently according the regions of Turkey, and are exceptional
no matter where you try them.  The high
quality and the simplicity of ingredients in Turkish cuisines make for a
pleasant surprise for guests as they experience mouthwatering culinary bliss
when touring Turkey.

When you are visiting Turkey, you want to try the best of
the best cuisines while you are passing through. There are many fantastic
dishes that are made differently according the regions of Turkey, and are exceptional
no matter where you try them.  The high
quality and the simplicity of ingredients in Turkish cuisines make for a
pleasant surprise for guests as they experience mouthwatering culinary bliss
when touring Turkey.

Here are 5 dishes you don’t want to miss:

ISKENDER KEBAB

This is just one of the many different kinds of kebabs you
can try in Turkey.  The Iskender Kebab comes
from Bursa in Northwestern Turkey. It is made with thinly sliced lamb or beef
topped with tomato sauce over sliced pide bread. Tomato sauce and boiling
butter are poured over the dish.  The
dish is served with a side of yogurt. You can find this kebab anywhere in
Turkey and will absolutely fall in love with this dish.

STUFFED EGGPLANT

This dish is loved by locals and travelers alike all
throughout Turkey.  This is a dish of
fried eggplant that is stuffed with a mixture of olive oil, ground beef, diced
onions, tomatoes, green peppers and garlic. 
When you take the first bite, the flavors melt together in your mouth.
It is usually served with rice and yogurt on the side. If you think you don’t
like eggplant, this dish will change your mind. 

BÖREK

Traditionally, it
is said no Turkish woman should marry until she has mastered the art of making
börek.   Börek is made from Yufka, a paper thin pastry
that is rolled or stacked in layers with various types of fillings such as
cheese, potatoes, spinach, meat, etc.  Börek
are light and crisp and perfect to have for breakfast or with tea. These are
easy to grab on the go and you will find börek everywhere in Turkey.

KÖFTE

Köfte or meatballs come in all shapes and sizes based on how
they are prepared and cooked in different regions of Turkey. These are always a
sure fire winner where ever you are.  Köfte are made from finely ground
meat, onions and different spices then fried, baked or boiled. Köfte are cooked
and served with whole green peppers, tomatoes and sliced potatoes. When you are
travelling find out what the local köfte specialty is and try it. You will not
be disappointed.

KUNEFE

This amazing Turkish dessert is made from kadaif which is something like shredded
wheat.  Cheese is placed in between two
thin layers of the kadaif and cooked
in a small round copper plate.  Syrup,
consisting of sugar, water and a couple of drops of rose water, is poured on
the pastry during the final minutes of cooking. It is topped with clotted cream
and pistachios. It seems to be an odd combination, but this is a dessert that
you will wish you had more of after you return home from your tour in Turkey.

There
are many wonderful Turkish dishes that will make your time in Turkey a
delightful culinary adventure.  These
dishes are just a few to start with as you experience your first authentic
Turkish cuisines. 

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