Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Squash Flowers - Stuffed / Kabak Çiçeği Dolması

Better late than never! They ended up being with meat. I suppose I could have appended this to the previous post but that would have meant 10 minutes spent removing tags....



My filling is with chopped meat, rice, parsley, grated tomato, tomato paste, pepper paste, cumin, salt, pepper, and lemon juice. As my mom would say, it's "almost good enough to eat!"

8 comments:

Dylan said...

OMG that looks amazing! The food has to be one of the things I look forward to most coming to Turkey! I enjoy cooking and relish the thought of learning a new cuisine.

Sazji said...

It wasn't bad at all. :) Are you coming as a tourist or to stay?

Dylan said...

I am hoping to stay awhile. At least a few years. I have a feeling I will fall in love and not leave, hehe. I have not been to Turkey but I have many good friends there and have been studying everything about Turkey for years. Last year I decided I wanted to learn a second language and live overseas so Turkey was the obvious choice for me. I already know a lot about the country and I desire to live in a warmer climate close to water.

Your story sounds interesting. I am always looking for American expats to befriend for help with my move.

Sazji said...

Great! Yeah, it's a place to fall in love/hate with. :) But the love wins out, I came for 6 months originally...in 2000! I'll write you privately and give you somme contact info. When are you planning to come?

Deano said...

I love stuffed everything, peppers tomatoes, and cabbage leaves, so this looks good.

After stuffing them did you fry them in Olive oil then?

Dean

Sazji said...

Nope, I just packed them into the cooking pot, covered them with a plate, added water with a bit of lemon juice and a couple teaspoons of tomato paste and simmered them till they were done. One interesting difference between the way Greeks make many stuffed dishes and the way they're done in Turkey is that the Greeks tend to use ovens for many of them (especially eggplant, peppers and tomatoes) while the Turks do them on the stovetop. There are exceptions on both sides of course.

Sarah said...

Hello after a long time,
Lovely stuffed squash flowers, I know they make them in cyprus as well. Because of the drought this year my garden is completely dry except for a very hardy zaátar and lemongrass plant, no zucchini flowers to stuff. Did you get the message I left you on egullet btw about translating benders book?

Taste of Beirut said...

Amazing! Every year while I am in the mountain in Lebanon I look at the tons of squash leaves that get thrown away and feel despondent!
good, I will clip this recipe and get to work!
Shukran!