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Spinach and Cheese Gozleme Recipe

Spinach and Cheese Gozleme Recipe

2023-02-06
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Gozleme - traditional Turkish dish made of a thin, soft pastry dough filled with spinach and cheese. This recipe is very easy to make and no kneading or proofing required.
DIFFICULTY
Easy
YIELDS
6
PREP TIME
30 Minutes
WORK TIME
30 Minutes
RECIPE CUISINE
Turkish
INGREDIENTS FOR YIELDS

For the dough:

  • 3 cups (375g) Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 3/4 cup (180ml) Milk
  • 1/3 cup (80m) water

For the filling:

  • Olive oil
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 400g Spinach
  • 300g Feta cheese 
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

  1. Make the dough: in a large bowl mix flour and salt. Add water, milk and mix until dough is formed. Knead the dough for 4-5 minutes, until smooth and soft. Place the dough in a bowl, cover and allow to rest while making the filling.
  2. Make the filling: in a pan, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil, add chopped onion and sate for 5-6 minutes. Add chopped spinach and cook until wilted.
  3. Transfer the filling into a large bowl, crumble feta cheese and season with salt and pepper to taste. Mex well.
  4. Make the Gozleme: take the dough and divide it into 6 equal parts and shape each part into a ball.
  5. Roll out each ball into ball into a thin rectangle. Place 2-3 tablespoons of filling the center of the dough, leave about4cm of space around the edges. Fold the edges over the filling.
  6. Fry the Gozleme: heat a large skillet or a pan over medium-high heat, place the gozleme on the skillet and cook until golden brown on both sides. Brush each side with a bit of olive oil or melted butter (optional). Repeat with the rest of the dough and filling.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

WHAT IS GOZLEME?

gozleme recipe

Gozleme is a type of flatbread that originates from the Turkish cuisine. It is made from a simple mixture of flour, water, salt, and sometimes yogurt, (no yeast in this recipe) that is rolled out into thin circles and then filled with a variety of savory fillings. The fillings can range from simple cheese, to more complex options such as spinach and feta cheese, or minced meat and vegetables.

The filled dough is then folded in half and sealed around the edges to create a pocket. It is then cooked on a griddle until crispy, resulting in a warm, flaky pastry with a delicious, melted filling.

Gozleme is often sold as a street food in Turkey, and it is common to see vendors cooking the flatbreads over hot coals on a portable griddle. The dish is a staple in Turkish cuisine, and is enjoyed as a snack or light meal at any time of day.

One of the unique things about Gozleme is its versatility, as it can be filled with a wide range of ingredients to suit any taste. Additionally, it is a relatively quick and easy dish to prepare, making it a popular choice for busy people who want a tasty and satisfying meal on the go.

HOW TO MAKE GOZLAME DOUGH?

To make the gozleme dough, you will need 3 cups of flour, 1 teaspoon of salt, 3/4 cup of milk, and 1/3 cup of water. Start by combining the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl. Gradually add the milk and water while stirring with a wooden spoon until a soft dough forms. Knead the dough on a floured surface for about 5 minutes or until it becomes smooth and elastic.

Divide the dough into equal part and while you working with one bowl, cover the other with clean kitchen towel.

Gozleme dough

This recipe does not require yeast or any proofing, making it a quick and easy option for those who are short on time. The dough can be used immediately or stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. This recipe is a great option for those who are new to making gozleme, as it is straightforward and simple to follow.

GOZLEME SPINACH AND CHEESE FILLING

The spinach and cheese filling is a popular option for gozleme. To make the filling, heat some olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add chopped onion and cook until soft and translucent. Add the spinach to the pan and cook until wilted. Remove from heat and allow the mixture to cool. Once cool, crumble the feta cheese into the pan and mix well with the spinach and onion. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

 gozleme filling

When making the gozleme, roll out the dough into thin circles and place a generous amount of the spinach and cheese filling on one half of the dough. Fold the other half of the dough over the filling and press the edges to seal. Cook the gozleme on a hot griddle until crispy and golden brown on both sides. The combination of the crispy dough and the savory, salty cheese and spinach filling makes for a delicious and satisfying meal. This filling is a favorite among many gozleme fans, and it is sure to be a hit with anyone who tries it.

MORE GOZLEME FILLING IDEAS

Gozleme is a versatile dish that can be filled with a wide range of ingredients to suit any taste. Some popular filling options include:

  • Minced meat and vegetables: Minced meat (such as beef, lamb, or chicken) is combined with chopped onions, bell peppers, and tomatoes to create a flavorful filling.
  • Potato and cheese: Grated potatoes are mixed with crumbled feta cheese and herbs to create a savory filling that is both delicious and filling.
  • Sweet potato and feta: Sliced sweet potatoes are combined with crumbled feta cheese and spices to create a sweet and savory filling that is perfect for those with a sweet tooth.
  • Squash and feta: Grated zucchini or yellow squash is mixed with crumbled feta cheese, herbs, and spices to create a delicious and healthy filling option.
  • Mushroom and cheese: Sautéed mushrooms are combined with grated cheese and herbs to create a rich and flavorful filling.
  • Lamb and herbs: Minced lamb is seasoned with herbs and spices to create a savory and satisfying filling.
  • Chorizo and cheese: Sliced chorizo is combined with grated cheese and herbs to create a spicy and flavorful filling.
  • Rice and vegetables: cooked rice is combined with diced vegetables, herbs, and spices to create a filling that is both satisfying and nutritious.

These are just a few examples of the many different types of fillings that can be used to make gozleme. With so many options to choose from, there is sure to be a filling that will appeal to everyone's taste buds.

HOW TO STORE GOZLEME

Gozleme is best enjoyed when it is freshly cooked and still hot and crispy. It is best to consume it immediately after cooking for the optimal texture and flavor. However, if you need to store it, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and place it in an airtight container or a zip-lock bag and keep in the fridge up to 3 days. You can also freeze it for up to 2-3 months. Before serving, reheat it in an oven, on a griddle or in a pan to retain its crispiness.

Turkish gozleme recipe

TIPS TO MAKE THE BEST GOZLEME

spinach and cheese gozleme

Making the best gozleme requires a few tips to achieve the perfect texture and flavor. Firstly, use fresh ingredients, such as quality cheese and fresh spinach, to enhance the taste. Secondly, use a thin and elastic dough that is not too dense or heavy, as this will ensure that it doesn’t overpower the fillings. Thirdly, cook the gozleme on a hot griddle or pan without any oil or grease until crispy and golden brown on both sides. Finally, let the gozleme cool slightly before cutting it, to allow the cheese to set and prevent it from falling apart. By following these tips, you can create delicious and authentic gozleme that will impress your friends and family.

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