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.
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!
Take a look through the other gozleme (gozlemes?) that were made this month and make one of your own! You won’t be disappointed!
Plus ingredients for filling, which can be whatever you want + a lot of cheese
In a large bowl, combine the starter, milk and yogurt until combined.
Whisk in the flour, baking soda and salt.
Turn out onto a floured surface and knead a few times until smooth.
Cover with a cloth and allow to rest while you prepare the filling of your choice.
Divide the dough into 4-6 equally sized balls (4 for bigger servings or 6 for smaller).
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.
Divide the filling between each round, only placing it on one half of each circle.
Fold the empty half of the dough circle over the filling to make a half moon shape.
Press and seal the edges together.
On a hot skillet, melt a bit of butter and place one gozleme at a time.
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.
Jenni lives in Des Moines, Iowa with her amazing husband, two girls, two dogs who think they are children, and a feisty cat. She is the creator of The Gingered Whisk, a recipe blog dedicated to finding easy, healthy-ish, and tasty weeknight meals that kids and adults alike will love. She is super passionate about helping every member of a family learn to love great food. When not cooking, eating, or thinking about food, she is often hiking around area parks, creating intricate legos castles with her girls, watching nerdy tv with her husband, or curled up in a corner somewhere reading a good book.