Binnur's Turkish Cookbook - Delicious, healthy and easy-to-make Ottoman & Turkish recipes

Friday, February 11, 2011


4 slices of day-old Turkish bread (French, Artisan or Italian bread)
100 gr lean ground beef
1 small onion, sliced
1 large tomato, peeled, diced
1-2 tbsp crushed tomato, canned

Yogurt Sauce:

1/2 cup plain Turkish yogurt, room temperature
1-2 garlic cloves, mashed with salt

Pepper Sauce:

2 tbsp butter
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

Saute the onion, ground beef, salt and pepper at medium-low heat until all the water evaporates. Add the tomato and crushed tomato. Cook few more minutes until tomatoes are softened. Leave some juice in it!

Meanwhile, cut the bread in cubes. Place on an oven tray and drizzle some olive oil, salt and pepper on top, toss. Preheat your oven to 175 C (350 F) and bake for about 10-15 minutes.

Place the bread cubes in a serving dish. Pour some yogurt sauce on them. Put the cooked ground beef all over it.

Melt the butter in a small skillet and add the red peppers. Pour over the dish when you see it starts bubbling. Serve while still hot.

2 servings.



At 12:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember my grandma used to make "papara" for breakfast to use up the old bread. However, it was cooked in milk and different cheeses were melted together. Sometimes she would also add some garlic. It smelled great. :)


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