Classic Turkish Breakfast
(Klasik Turk Kahvaltisi)
Breakfast is very important in Turkish cuisine and has a rich variety. Butter, cheese (Beyaz Peynir, Kashar, Tulum etc..) black or green olives, eggs; soft or hard-boiled, honey, marmalade or recel (recel is different than marmalade, fruits are preserved as they are in recel, they are not mashed as in marmalade).
Other items in a classic Turkish Breakfast are contain Tarhana Soup, which is great for winter mornings, as is Tahini & Grape Molasses. Also Sujuk (Turkish Sausage, seasoned with garlic and spices), Pastirma (similar to prosciutto or pastrami, also seasoned with garlic and spices), Borek, and other pastries, Turkish scrambled eggs (menemen) are very popular. Weekends especially are a good time to gather the family around and have it brunch-style. We love to have conversations while eating every meal, and there is no rush to leave sofra (dining table). Our wildly large cuisine's gift to us is having long, lovely sofra basi muhabbeti (chat) :)
I hope you will enjoy our style of breakfast as much as we do.... Afiyet olsun (that means Hearty Appetite). More Turkish Breakfast Ideas!
In Turkish, breakfast is called “kahvaltı”. It originates from two words of “kahve altı” which literally means “under coffee” or “before coffee”. So, it is time to drink first Turkish Coffee of the day:)
-Soft or hard-boiled eggs, sizzled with extra virgin olive oil, sprinkle some oregano and red pepper on top, or have it plain:)
-Stuffed or regular green olives
-Black Turkish olives in extra virgin olive oil, a little bit of lemon juice, some oregano and crushed red pepper on top
-Feta cheese (Beyaz Peynir), plain or some sizzled olive oil on top
-Homemade Jam & Marmalade
-Cubanelle Pepper, washed
-Red Pepper, washed
-Tomato, washed and sliced
-Cucumber, washed and sliced
-Pide or Turkish Bread or Turkish-style Breakfast Buns.