I know I’ve said this before, but I LOVE my Supper Club. This past Saturday we delved into the cuisine of Turkey. So many flavors! Yum, yum!
I had to prepare traditional lamb and chicken kabobs (Şiş Kebap) served with a garlicky tahini sauce. But my great experiment was with Manti with Tomato Butter and Yogurt (Turkish dumplings). I haven’t worked with gnocchi yet, but I would think Manti is a close cousin.
I began with a simple pasta dough (flour, eggs, salt, and water). I let my Kitchenaid do the kneading for me.
I rolled it thinly (duh, could have used my pasta roller!), then separated into 2 inch squares using my ravioli wheel.
Earlier, I had mixed some ground lamb (raw) with finely chopped onions and parsley, and a little salt. I placed a small amount in each square (about 1/2 tsp.). BTW, I had too much lamb for my pasta squares, and it was awesome cooked up and thrown in some tortillas with salsa and avocado for breakfast the next day!
I’ve seen various ways to fold these little packages up. The way I used was to fold into a triangle, then fold the ends up to seal. And they did seal really well without having to use water or egg white.
I gently placed them in boiling water for 5 minutes.
I then removed them using my spider strainer and placed them into a decorative bowl. The crowning touch is a garlicky yogurt sauce swirled with a warm, oozy butter and tomato paste sauce spiked with aleppo pepper (thank you, my little local Persian market) and freshly julienned mint leaves. As thespicehouse.com puts it:
“Aleppo chili pepper comes to us from the Syrian town of Aleppo near the southern Turkish border, which is often considered one of the culinary meccas of the Mediterranean. Aleppo has a moderate heat level with a mild, cumin-like undertone, a bit of fruitiness, and a hint of a salt and vinegar.”
What a wonderful ingredient to come from such a war-torn area of the world.
As we as Passport Dinners like to do, get out and taste the world. And invite some friends to join you. Think of what you’ll learn!
Taste the World, one Box at a Time