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Menemen

This is an ideal, easy to prepare Turkish vegetarian dish. With fresh veggies and scrambled eggs, it’s filling, hearty and nutritious too. Makes a great breakfast to set you up for the day or a quick week night dinner for the whole family to tuck in to. For more vegetarian treats, go to http://food-tales.com/food-inspirations/food-recipes-from-around-the-world/5-vege’heaven-vegetarian-recipes-from-around-the-world

What you’ll need

4 tablespoons butter

6 eggs

2 large tomatoes, ripe

1 large onion, chopped

2 sweet green peppers or 1 hot chili pepper

2 sweet red peppers or 1 large red bell pepper

½ teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon dry or fresh oregano

1 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes

Method

Take the onion and peel it then dice. Peel the tomatoes and dice them too. Reserve the tomato juice.

Deseed the peppers and dice them also.

Take a large skillet and melt the butter. Sauté the onions until soft and clear then add in the diced vegetables. Add in the spices too and stir thoroughly.

Bring to the boil, cover and then reduce the heat. Continue to simmer until the veggies soften and release their juices.

Remove the lid but continue to simmer. Scramble the eggs in a separate bowl and salt to taste. Pour them into the center of the skillet but don’t stir. Allow the egg mixture to run between the vegetables. Gently move the skillet if you need to help it spread out.

Simmer until eggs are cooked, replacing the cover for a few minutes if top of egg seems slow to cook.

After this time, the Menemen should be cooked but still very juicy.

Method

Take the onion and peel it then dice. Peel the tomatoes and dice them too. Reserve the tomato juice.

Deseed the peppers and dice them also.

Take a large skillet and melt the butter. Sauté the onions until soft and clear then add in the diced vegetables. Add in the spices too and stir thoroughly.

Bring to the boil, cover and then reduce the heat. Continue to simmer until the veggies soften and release their juices.

Remove the lid but continue to simmer. Scramble the eggs in a separate bowl and salt to taste. Pour them into the center of the skillet but don’t stir. Allow the egg mixture to run between the vegetables. Gently move the skillet if you need to help it spread out.

Simmer until eggs are cooked, replacing the cover for a few minutes if top of egg seems slow to cook.

After this time, the Menemen should be cooked but still very juicy.

Accompaniments

The perfect food to eat alongside your tomato and egg Menemen is a specialty Turkish bread called Lavas. Thin and crispy, it’s deliciously light and works well as a side.

What you’ll need

1 ¼ cups warm water

4 tablespoons butter

2 teaspoons sugar

3 ½ cups flour

2 ½ teaspoons salt

2 ½ teaspoons active dry yeast

Sesame seeds

Method

Mix the dry yeast in some warm water in a large bowl, stirring until the yeast has completely dissolved.

Add in the sugar and stir until fully dissolved. Set the mixture to one side somewhere warm for the yeast to develop. Leave for about 20 minutes until you see bubbles forming on the surface.

Melt some butter in a skillet and then allow to cool. Stir it into the yeast.

Take a different bowl and mix the salt and flour. Then add these to the yeast mixture.

Knead the dough mixture in the bowl to begin with and then on a floured surface until you can roll it in a smooth ball shape.

Grease a deep bowl with olive oil, add in the dough and cover with plastic wrap.

Leave the dough to rise somewhere warm for 15 minutes. Remove dough and knead again for a further 15 minutes.

Add more oil to the bowl, replace the dough and leave to rise for about 2 hours until it doubles in size.

Preheat the oven to 480 degrees F then flatten the dough on a surface dusted with flour, cut the dough in half and then each half into 3 pieces.

Roll each piece into a ball, cover in plastic wrap and let rise for another 15 minutes. Use a rolling pin to form a disc shape that is very thin. Sprinkle on sesame seeds.

Grease 2 baking sheets and place 3 pieces on each one. Bake for 8 minutes until center puffs. Serve hot with a choice of butter, goats cheese or salad.

 

 

 

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