Leek & Feta Gözleme A Turkish comfort food dish, simple to prepare and yummy! 6 gözlemes 350g flour 200g feta 200-300g leeks 160ml warm water 2 tbsp butter

Leek & Feta Gözleme

Leek & Feta Gözleme

Hey guys!

There’s nothing better on a rainy day than some good comfort food. The opinions on what constitutes comfort food are different around the globe, I admit that, but the feeling it gives is universal. It’s like being hugged by your grandma and ever since my trip to Istanbul, I’ve started to associate gözleme with warm, welcoming grandmas, offering baking dishes filled with this stuffed flatbread. I’m completely ridiculous. I’m not even Turkish. But anyway, who says you have to be Turkish to enjoy good Turkish comfort food? Hence, this post.

If you wanna checkout other quick and easy flatbreads, we have a couple of other recipes on the blog—Lavash is a Caucasian flatbread, and the flour tortilla doesn’t need an introduction :-)

On to the gözleme.

Gözleme Ingredients

I was feeling a little down—we’ve had a couple of weeks with lots of rain and murky weather, and although I like rain, it all started to be a bit too much. So I decided to cheer myself up with some yummy comfort food, and since Simeon was at home, we thought we’d make a blog post out of it. So here it goes. It’s a very simple dough, only flour and warm water. Knead until you have an elastic dough et voilà!

Praparing the gözleme

Chop the leeks and melt the butter. Let the dough relax for 30 minutes—it helps with the rolling out. Roll out each little ball into a large circle, about 2-3mm thick, spread some butter, sprinkle with the leeks and crumbled feta (you can add herbs or spices to the filling if you feel like it) and roll into a cigar.

Preparing the gözleme

Make your cigar into a tiny snail-like shape and press it down with a rolling pin, careful not to puncture big holes in the dough. Butter the top side of your disc, put it in a hot pan and fry until it browns on each side. A little caveat here—if you have a smoke detector in your kitchen(like us), the smoke from the gözleme frying can activate it (it did ours) and might make you want to give up your hearing…Just sayin’ :-)

Preparing the gözleme

Now attack—it’s what we did! The gözlemes were gone in half an hour 😉

Leek & Feta Gözleme

Leek & Feta Gözleme

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Leek & Feta Gözleme

Ingredients

  • 350g flour
  • 200g feta
  • 160ml warm water
  • 200-300g leeks
  • 2 tbsp butter

Instructions

  1. Sift the flour, make a crater in the middle and pour the water in. Start kneading until you have an elastic dough. Your dough shouldn’t be too soft. Cover with a kitchen towel and let it rest for 20 minutes.
  2. Cut into 6 pieces and shape them into balls. Let the dough-balls rest for an additional 5 minutes.
  3. Roll out each ball into a large circle. Butter it and sprinkle with leeks and crumbled feta. Roll into a cigar. Then roll your cigar into a circle again.
  4. Roll out your circle until it’s flattened to about 1 cm. Butter again on one side only.
  5. Put your gözleme in a pre-heated pan (no oil) and fry until you have golden-coloured pockets on each side. It takes about 3 minutes a side if the pan is very hot.

 

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16 Comments

  1. I’ve never made a gozleme before and definitely am inspired to now.. this looks pretty delicious and the leek and feta combination is such a classic.

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    • I’d never made a gözleme as well, I didn’t think it was so simple. It turns out it is! And the leek and feta—the best combo, you are right! By the way, I just love the blueberry and lavender clafoutis you last posted—since lavender is all around right now, I’ve been thinking about making something lavender-y! Will definitely try it, it looks so easy and yummy!

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  2. Really love the overview photo! Looks absolutely gorgeous!

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    • Thank you! I am new at this food styling thing, and it’s nice when someone appreciates my efforts :)

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  3. Get it my belly!! Seriously! How delicious do these look!? These are definitely a MUST make. Yummmm!

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  4. Okay, I want this right now! Great step by step photos. This looks and sounds like the sort of comfort food I can whole-heartedly embrace! Thank you for introducing a new flat bread into my life.

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  5. The flatbread recipe looks easy and yummy! However, can you suggest the sidecdish to go with it?

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    • As a side dish, I would just go with some kind of yogurt sauce or a fresh salad. Yogurt-based salads and sauces are a common thing in Turkish and other Middle Eastern cuisines. Just get some thick yogurt, peel a cucumber, mince it and toss it with the yogurt, add garlic, chopped walnuts and olive oil. Mix well and season to taste!

      Thanks for visiting!

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  6. These are incredible. I am making them for the second time tonight. I put some chimichurri sauce on them the last time I made them and it was unreal.

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    • I’m really really happy to hear that! :) Good thinking about the chimichurri, have to try that myself !

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  7. Hi, I’m giving the recipe a whirl and I had good dough with only about 2/3 of the flour. Did anyone else run into that? Thanks!

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    • Hi, Robert, what kind of flour did you use? This could be one reason for the different ratios.

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  8. I’m extremely impressed with your writing skills as well as with the layout on your weblog. Is this a paid theme or did you modify it yourself? Anyway keep up the nice quality writing, it’s rare to see a great blog like this one nowadays..

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    • Thank you so much, Jimmy!

      As for the theme—we started with Divi by Elegant Themes, but honestly, we changed it a lot. We added stuff, got rid of stuff and it’s still a work in progress—in the end, I think it’s just going to be our theme.

      Thanks for popping by!

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  9. Wow, fantastic blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you made blogging look easy. The overall look of your site is fantastic, let alone the content!

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    • Thanks, Desirae! We started a couple of months ago, but still have lots to learn. It’s nice to hear that people appreciate our efforts!

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