Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Turkish Delight!

We have an amazing cousin who just happens to be from Turkey. She was visiting back in February with her hubby and my dad suggested they cook for us. Thank God he did! We got some yummy recipes from her, including eggplant, a secret to salad, and lamb chops.


To make the eggplant you cook it at 350 degrees for 50 mins. then mash it.  Add cucumber, Anaheim peppers, crushed garlic, tomatoes, (she said they'd add avocado as well if on hand), extra virgin olive oil and vinegar.  You can also BBQ the eggplant instead of using the oven.

She also gave us the secret to her salad! Toss lettuce, tomato, cucumber, thinnly sliced red onion, radishes, oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. She also garnished with pickles, green olives, radish blooms and fresh herbs.  The secret: squeeze the red onions! Seriously. It totally brings out the flavor. I'm fully convinced this is what makes or breaks it!

The lamb was amazing as well!  She made sure to get domestic lamb, i.e. not from Australia.  They added oregano, 1/2 cup yogurt, butter, thyme, parsley, salt, pepper, and paprika and marinated it for a day.  They took it out an hour before cooking and BBQd it.  They also used the marinade on ground beef and wrapped it around skewers and BBQd those as well.  Heaven!

Nebby, it was a blast hanging out with you.  We love you and you can cook for us any time!

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