World Food Challenge

Day 181: Turkey and Menemen

Good evening Raffies!

Today we are going to Turkey! There are so many great dishes for Turkey that it was all but easy to pick one. I decided to go for something simple and stumbled upon Menemen.
This is a distant relative of Shakshouka..yay, more eggs!
Menemen is a traditional Turkish dish that can be enjoyed at any time of the day. It is basically scrambled eggs with onions, peppers, tomatoes, Sucuk (the Turkish salami) and Beyaz Peynir, a cheese similar to feta. If you want to have it for breakfast, you usually skip the onions and garlic.
Most of the times, it is eaten with some delicious freshly baked Turkish bread.

The recipe is incredibly easy and you will have a great result:

The ingredients are for 2 people – yes, there are a lot of eggs 🙂

2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbs butter
1 onion, chopped
3 Turkish green peppers, chopped (alternatively 2 green bell peppers)
1 tsp chili flakes
4 large juicy tomatoes, chopped
5 eggs
1 clove of garlic, minced
parsley to garnish
Sucuk, sliced and fried
Beyaz Peynir
Bread to serve

Start by heating the oil and the butter in a skillet. Fry the onions and peppers with the salt and chili flakes until soft and aromatic – about 5 minutes.
Add the garlic. Cook for a few minutes before adding the tomatoes. Cook it until it gets a nice and dense consistency. The time might vary depending on how juicy the tomatoes are.
In the meantime, scramble the eggs in a bowl. Add them to the vegetables and mix well. Now it depends how you like it, but the eggs should still be moist and the dish should not dry out.
Serve in two bowls and top with the Sucuk and the Beyaz Peynir crumbled on top.
N.B. You can also add some oregano when you add in the chili flakes.
Garnish with parsley and enjoy!

It was great! I could totally see myself having this for breakfast. I particularly became a big fan of Beyaz Peynir. It was delicious! The eggs were still soft and juicy and mixed perfectly with the remaining ingredients.



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