Gozleme {Sourdough Surprises}

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Spinach & Cheese + Beef Sourdough Gozleme

It’s time for another Sourdough Surprises challenge! This month, we were asked to make gozleme, which is a traditional Turkish dish. It’s made with a dough (which can be made with or without yest) which is rolled out thinly, spread with some filling, and folded, to make some sort of flat parcel. The most interesting part is that they are then cooked on a griddle, so they only take a few minutes!

Spinach & Cheese + Beef Sourdough Gozleme

I had never heard of this dish before, so I wasn’t sure what to make for the filling. I started searching for ideas, and the most popular filling seemed to be spinach and feta. I didn’t have any feta around, so I made a spinach & random cheese version instead, which proved to be just as delicious :) But of course, I also had to make some beef gozleme. I also used what I had in hand, but got some inspiration from one of the recipes to add some parsley, which worked great.

The dough was super easy to make, and also easy to roll. But of course, there was a bit of a learning curve in filling and folding these. It’s very important that the dough is rolled very thin, or it won’t get fully cooked on the griddle. It’s also a good idea to cut off the ends rather than tucking them in, for the same reasons.

Spinach & Cheese + Beef Sourdough Gozleme

I actually cooked these on pizza pans, since that’s what I had around (and they were too big for a regular pan). It worked great, although the sides did remain a little raw, but it was ok.

This recipe makes 4 gozleme; I started out making 2 for lunch, and we ate them just between me and my mom. It was kind of a lot, but they were so good :) I thought I’d save the other 2 for dinner, but I made the mistake of fully cooking them after lunch… so most of them was actually eaten as snacks.

Spinach & Cheese + Beef Sourdough Gozleme

Anyway, this was a fun and delicious dish, and a different way to use up my sourdough. Check out the rest of the posts for more inspiration!

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Recipe by Sabor Pastel
Yield: 4 gozleme (feeds 4-6)

For the dough:

1 cup sourdough starter
2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup water

For the spinach and cheese filling:

400 g / 14 oz cooked spinach (I used frozen)
1/2 onion
150 g / 5 oz melting cheese
olive oil
salt and pepper

For the beef filling:

450 g / 1 pound ground beef
2 garlic cloves
1/2 onion
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp paprika
2 tbsp chopped parsley
olive oil
salt and pepper

1. To make the dough: combine all the ingredients and knead until a smooth dough is formed. Let rest, covered, for at least 30 minutes.
2. To make the spinach and cheese filling: chop the onion. Heat a pan with a bit of olive oil and cook the onion for a few minutes. Add salt and pepper, if desired. Mix in the spinach and turn off the heat. Once the filling has cooled down, add the cubed cheese.
3. To make the beef filling: chop the onion and the garlic. Heat a pan with a bit of olive oil and cook the onion and garlic for a few minutes. Add salt, pepper, cumin and paprika. Mix in the beef and cook until browned. Turn off the heat and add the parsley.
4. To assemble: divide the dough in 4. Take one of the portions and roll it out until very thin, on a heavily floured surface. Spread half of the spinach filling in the middle, and fold the dough into a packet. Repeat with the other 3 gozleme.
5. To cook: Brush the gozleme with olive oil on one side. Cook on a griddle or a pan over low heat, oiled side down, until browned on the bottom; about 4 minutes. Brush the other side, turn and cook for another 4 minutes, or until browned.

28 thoughts on “Gozleme {Sourdough Surprises}

  1. It looks absolutely delicious. I love just about any dish with spinach in it. Great recipe. Thank you for linking at the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you again next week.

  2. I just saw your Gozleme, beautiful. I am so sorry I didn’t have a time to take a part this month, but I will definitely make some with your recipe, as we love spinach and cheese combination

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