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Stuffed Grape Leaves

This meze dish is delicious warm or cold. Jarred grape leaves are sold at supermarkets and Middle Eastern delicatessens.

by Victoria Blashford-Snell and Brigitte Hafner



These small cigar-shaped cheese pastries from Turkey are seen on Middle Eastern menus all over the world. Good with Middle Eastern dishes...

by Victoria Blashford-Snell and Brigitte Hafner

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Stuffed Eggplants

Turkish legend says these eggplants once made a holy man faint, so they are called imanbayildi ("the holy man swooned"). Good with an her...

by Victoria Blashford-Snell and Brigitte Hafner


Armenian Pizza

This dish, prepared by Armenians who settled in Turkey, became our favorite snack on our many visits to Turkey. The recipe comes from Var...

by Anya von Bremzen and John Welchman


Zucchini Fritters

Fried onions, feta cheese, and herbs lift what is otherwise a bland vegetable. These little fritters can be served hot or cold. They can ...

by Claudia Roden


Little Cheese Fillo Rolls

These dainty little rolls, or “cigars,” make ideal appetizers and canapés. The cheese used is beyaz peynir, or “white cheese,” which is s...

by Claudia Roden


Fish Kebab

Although Turkey is surrounded on three sides by sea, it is not very strong on fish dishes. Seafood has not been part of the old Anatolia...

by Claudia Roden


Turkish-Style Ground Turkey

In Istanbul, restaurants offer spicy ground meat fillers such as the one below enclosed in pita bread, but you often see the restaurateu...

by Victoria Wise and Susanna Hoffman


Middle Eastern Pizzas with Lamb and Pine Nuts

Versions of these yeasted rounds topped with savory lamb are found from Lake Van in eastern Turkey to Aleppo (in Syria) and Jerusalem. So...

by Naomi Duguid and Jeffrey Alford


Turkish Chicken and Okra Stew

This preparation is another Gûveçi an all purpose Turkish word for stew, one that always, contains a vegetable and tomatoes and is made w...

by Clifford A. Wright


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