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Saturday, December 02, 2006

Zucchini with Walnut Dip

(Cerkez Kabak)

Zucchini with Walnut Dip
2 medium sized zucchini, grated
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 fresh green onions, finely sliced
1/2 cup yogurt
1/4 cup walnuts, crumbled
1 slice of bread, crumbled (French or Italian style)
1 garlic clove, smashed with salt

Red Pepper Sauce:
2-3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp red pepper (paprika)
1/2 tsp Cayenne pepper

Saute the zucchini with 1 tbsp olive oil in a pan until all the water evaporates. Let it cool down. Add the rest of the ingredients and toss. Place on a service plate.

To make the sauce, heat up the olive oil in a small pan, add the red pepper in it and turn the heat off. Don't burn the pepper! Pour all over the zucchini and serve with toasted French baton bread or toasted pide slices.



At 2:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I am an American married to a Turkish man. The new year is apon us and I was curios what would be a typical meal to prepare for the New Year. I've enjoyed preparing many of your meals, so I am sure you will be lead me in the right direction. Thank you, Lindsay Taran

At 11:55 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Lindsay,
We mostly cook chicken in the oven and Ic Pilav on the side for New
Year. We love to fill our table with appetizers:) This year we also
have festive (Kurban Bayrami) in the New Year. That's why I think
Turkish ladies may cook beef or lamb this year:) Every festive time I post Bayram meals and the second half of December I am going to post Bayram meals during the week. It includes soup, main dish and dessert. I already started posting appetizers for New Year's eve.

At 10:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to thank you! I made the zucchini with Walnut Dip appetizer last night and my family loved it. As a beginner cook, they were impressed. I am definitely going to try more of your recipes. My next attempt will be the mercimek koftesi.

At 9:07 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Melek,
I am glad you and your family liked this lovely appetizer:) It is
light and crunchy... I love it too... I hope you like Mercimek Koftesi too, don't forget to serve them with green salad leaves - it goes very well with them:)

At 11:44 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Hello Binnur and all others!!
This site is sooooooo usefull! The only time it is NOT is when I'm at work at 18.00 o'clock, already hungry and only getting HUNGRIER from reading the recipes!! :-) But it's very handy when trying to impress my turkish boyfriend (I'm dutch) with my cooking, hehehe. Well done, and thanks very much!
Many greetings,

At 9:05 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Marleen,
Thank you very much:) Eating is very important habit for us,
especially for Turkish men and I am sure you already know this:)) Our
mums say "the way that goes to a man's heart always passes through the
In Turkish: erkegin kalbine giden yol midesinden gecer.

At 2:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How do I send one of your recipes to a friend?

At 4:17 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

You can use Ctrl + C to copy the address of my recipe:) Like;

At 3:28 AM, Blogger Shells said...

Hi Binnur
Thanks for the great recipes. I'm from South Africa and have a ladies' night planned and I'm doing Turkey as my theme. Wish me luck as I try some of your recipes!


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