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Sourdough Gozleme Recipe

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This easy sourdough gozleme recipe is a perfect way to make a quick meal with your sourdough starter!

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This month’s Sourdough Surprises challenge was perfect. While I have never heard of a gozleme (a traditional Turkish pastry filled with various ingredients and cooked on a griddle) before, its now one of my favorite things. Its fast to throw it together, you can use whatever ingredients you have on hand, and its really delicious.

two sourdough gozleme stacked on top of each other

I made mine for lunch one day, with a random collection of ingredients from my fridge – onions, mushrooms, a mix of dark leafy greens, some sweet italian sausage, a little fresh thyme, and lots of mozzarella and provolone, and a side of marinara to dip in. Ok, so maybe my gozlemes were more Italian than Turkish, but  its what I had on hand. And Ladybug and I loved them!

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gozleme on cutting board with slices and knife

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Yield: 4-6 Servings

Sourdough Gozleme

two sourdough gozleme stacked on top of each other
This easy gozleme recipe is a perfect way to make a quick meal with your sourdough starter discard!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 16 minutes


  • 1 cup 100% hydration active Sourdough Starter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups flour
  • pinch salt
  • 1 TBSP butter for melting
  • Plus ingredients for filling, which can be whatever you want + a lot of cheese


  1. In a large bowl, combine the starter, milk and yogurt until combined.
  2. Whisk in the flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead a few times until smooth.
  4. Cover with a cloth and allow to rest while you prepare the filling of your choice.
  5. Divide the dough into 4-6 equally sized balls (4 for bigger servings or 6 for smaller).
  6. Working with one ball at a time, use your fingers to press the dough out until you get a decent sized circle - you don't want the dough to be too thin or it will tear, and you don't want it to be too thick or it won't cook all the way. Repeat with remaining dough.
  7. Divide the filling between each round, only placing it on one half of each circle.
  8. Fold the empty half of the dough circle over the filling to make a half moon shape.
  9. Press and seal the edges together.
  10. On a hot skillet, melt a bit of butter and place one gozleme at a time.
  11. Allow to cook for 2-3 minutes on each side (adding a new pat of butter when you flip), or until golden brown on both sides.
  12. Slice and Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 414Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 248mgCarbohydrates: 73gFiber: 4gSugar: 1gProtein: 14g

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Tuesday 30th of August 2022

Your version is definitely not traditional Turkish, but the stands I’ve been to have their list of ingredients and you can usually pick and choose between what you want. If you ever get a chance to visit Turkey, you should search for someone making this. I’ve only seen it cooked outdoors on what had to be the largest skillet I’ve ever seen. The dough is similar to the size you would get if you made your arms in a circle. The dough is nearly paper thin and the filling is just barely sprinkled on while flat, it cooks and everything gets folded several times until you end up with a square. My favorite is seasoned ground beef and shredded potato. Thanks for sharing such a fun take on this!


Wednesday 9th of February 2022

Thanks for the recipe. I love turnovers and "hand pies" and these are so easy! I made these last night. On my stove I think cooking spray would work better than butter, and I likely need to put less filling in so the things would lay flatter and the dough would cook fully - but they are yummy and I'll try them again. I filled mine with some ground beef browned with garlic, galangal and ginger, some broccoli florets (cut up smaller) and the insides of a couple of leftover baked potatoes. I stirred the rest of the greek yogurt into the filling. I just put some shredded cheddar jack on top before I closed them up.


Friday 25th of June 2021

So delicious! I added smoked paprika, oregano, fresh ground black pepper and adobo seasoning to the dough. I used a vegan yogurt rather than regular and approximated the quantities for the dough ingredients until I got what I felt was the right consistency because I was only making two servings and I generally prefer to eyeball measure.

For the filling I sautéed red and yellow onion with savoy cabbage, aubergine (all chopped into thin strips), garlic, sprouted green lentils and black beans in olive oil, just seasoned with salt and pepper. I served with an avocado basil mayo—just vegan mayo with smashed avocado, finely chopped basil, fresh lemon juice and s&p. No need for cheese in this recipe! The evoo sautéed onion and cabbage give a buttery feel to it. I cooked the gozlemes in olive oil.

Thanks, will definitely be making something similar again :)


Saturday 30th of May 2020

Could you be a little more specific about the thickness you're looking for when you flatten the dough rounds? Any reason not to use a rolling pin instead of fingers?


Thursday 14th of May 2020

Need clarification as you mentioned baking powder in the ingredients, but baking soda in the instructions. Went with baking powder and it turned out ok. Used variations of mushrooms with onions and garlic, spinach, roasted peppers, mozzarella and feta. And yes, the gozleme is best stuffed with a generous portion of cheese(s)

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