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Bean Salad-Turkish Piyaz

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I thought that the best side dish as an accompaniment with authentic Turkish meatball (Akcaabat kofte) is bean salad. As I mentioned previously, meatballs are served in general with chips, fries, or grilled tomato, green pepper, eggplant, and mushroom as I mentioned in meatball recipe. However, In Turkey kofte is being served with bean salad. The classic dressing for Turkish salad is olive oil and lemon. However, for this salad you should add vinegar because it gives zingy taste.

Ingredients:  

  • 1 can white beans (pre-cooked and drained)
  • 6-7 finely sliced lettuce leaves
  • 1 onion, sliced very finely
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp  vinegar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 Tsp sumac
  • Salt to taste
  • black pepper

Method:

In a small bowl, knead onion, salt, and sumac with your hands so that the bitter juice of onion are released, then squeeze out the remaining onion juice. It is the Turkish way of treating onion. LOL!

Stir together the treated onion with lemon juice, vinegar, and black pepper.

Arrange the finely sliced lettuce leaves on a salad plate, than add beans, and lastly garnish with treated onion. Pour the olive oil on top.

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Grilled Turkish Meatball (Akcaabat Kofte)

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Meatball is one of the traditional culinary culture of Turkish cuisine. Being Turkish, I cannot  deny how important grilling and meat in our culture.  This “Akcaabat” meatball is one of the famous type of meatball recipes.  These small meatballs are both healthy and delicious, because they are cooked with spices. They are cooked on the grill and served hot. I made these balls for my friends yesterday and they loved them. So, I thought that I should share the recipe. Also, I strongly recommend that you should sprinkle some oregano and chili pepper on meatballs. You can serve them with grilled tomato, green pepper, onion, eggplant, and mushroom. Although they are called as a meat”ball”, Turkish meatballs’ shape are not like a ball. LOL!! Here is the simple recipe that you can easily prepare in just minutes. 😉

Ingredients:

  • 1pound Lamb, minced, preferably with some fat
  • 1 Tsp salt
  • 1 Tsp black pepper
  • 1-1/2 minced garlic
  • 75gr crushed rusk

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In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients and then form into round, slightly flat 2-inch meatballs and place onto the grill.

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