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Make it at home: Lamb, spinach & feta gozlemes

Fat Mum Slim /

Make it at home: Lamb, spinach & feta gozlemes

If you’re an avid market-goer you might be familiar with these delicious creations. If you’re not, then let me introduce you to them. You, meet gozleme.

On Saturday we were doing the rounds at the local markets when we smelled them cooking, and then we saw them. It was like a mirage, a vision of deliciousness right in front of us. It had clearly been a while between gozlemes. Sadly. They’re little dough filled delights, sometimes filled with spicy beef, others just cheese and spinach. Depending on the stall the filling will change. The ones I saw on the weekend had beef & mushroom, cheese with more cheese or chicken mince.

Of course, in my usual style, I decided that I wanted to start creating them at home. I’d tried once before, and failed miserably… this time I tried a different recipe and had success. I know they sound hardish {anything that requires me to make my own dough usually scares me} but it’s not too hard, and the taste is worth it.

Make it at home: Lamb, spinach & feta gozlemes

Ingredients

Dough
4 cups plain flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups warm water
vegetable oil {for cooking}
lemon wedges to serve

Filling
1 tablespoon oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves crushed
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon sumac
1-2 teaspoons chilli flakes {optional – but throw them in!}
500g lamb mince
200g feta, crumbled
150g baby spinach, chopped

Make it at home: Lamb, spinach & feta gozlemes

Method

♥ Make the dough: Sift flour and salt together into a large bowl. Slowly add the water, and stir gradually. Mix together to make a firm dough. Knead the dough on a floured surface until smooth and elastic. Place back into the bowl and cover with a tea towel while you make the filling.
♥ Make the filling: Heat the oil in large frying pan on high heat. Saute the onion and garlic for 2-3 minutes. Add the cumin, sumac and chilli {if using} and cook for 1 minute. Add the mince and brown for 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl, and add the feta and spinach. Mix to combine.
♥ Divide the dough into 6 equal parts. Roll each piece into a rectangle shape {around 30x40cm}. Using 1/6th of the filling mixture, spoon the filling evenly over one half of the dough. Fold over the over half and push together the edges to seal. You can make all the parcels and keep them aside on a piece of baking paper or lined tray.
♥ Heat a large frying pan on medium {alternatively if you’re good on the BBQ, try it on there – I am not!}. Brush the gozleme with oil and then place in the pan. Cook for 3-4 minutes each side, until golden brown and crispy. Cook the remaining gozlemes.
♥ Cut the gozlemes into squares to serve and serve with a squeeze of lemon.

Are you a market-goer? Have you ever tried a gozleme and liked it?

@Fatmumslim