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Turkish cuisine has a variety of dishes to please carnivores and vegans alike, and Turkish mezes are just one of them.
There are both hot and cold appetizers that are appetizing. However, the meze is a colorful display of various ethnic groups coming together in modern Turkey. The variety of flavors and ingredients will make you nauseous; However, the Mediterranean-style preparation will have your gut thanking you.
A healthy alternative to snacking, appetizers are often served before meals as a starter in restaurants. Another place where you can find these small dishes is served in Turkish taverns with wine or even national Turkish alcohol.
In Turkey, appetizers, olives, fried vegetables, and sauces are prepared with nuts, olive oil, feta cheese, stuffed mussels, marinated fish, smoked and seasoned meat, etc. It is also eaten for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
The Turkish appetizer, which is the symbol of friendship, bond, and good days, is made for sharing. If you've found yourself among newly formed Turkish friends, looking for new recipes, want to introduce your friends to something new, or want to explore the world of appetizers, this blog post will teach you 12 of the most popular Turkish appetizers.
Despite being high in protein and nutrients, the only way to be passionate about broad beans is to taste them as an appetizer. The velvety delicate, nutty flavor is combined with a hint of fresh olive oil and the seductive taste of onions.
The hummus-like dish is not only incredibly nutritious but also incredibly delicious in fiber. Low in fat, high in omega-3, magnesium, B vitamins, zinc, and various other minerals to help fight fatigue. Not to mention that it pairs perfectly with fish and seafood.
These spicy lentil patties are meatless and vegan-friendly. The main ingredients are protein-packed lentils and bulgur, and this grain-based food can be a vegan's best friend. Although lentils and bulgur are boiled, this dish is not cooked and is usually served cold.
This is a common dish known as finger food. Each meatball is wrapped in a vibrant green lettuce jacket before being popped into the mouth. Incredibly more and low in calories, this picnic-friendly meal will have you rummaging through the fridge late at night and cleaning up leftovers.
The femme fatale of the appetizer, this spicy red sauce is borrowed from Turkey's neighbor, Syria. For this reason, it is more easily found in restaurants serving southwest Turkish cuisine. You can find a version of Aleppo pepper, crushed walnuts, breadcrumbs, olive oil, garlic, salt, and pomegranate syrup mixed with lemon juice and even cumin.
This vibrant, burgundy sauce is spicy, tangy, and sweet. If you don't want to eat it as an appetizer, you can reconsider it as a dip for your chips or chips.
Indulge in a meal that translates as 'spoiled dad'. The smoky flavor of cooking eggplants over an open fire adds a unique twist to this creamy appetizer. The eggplant is then peeled to expose the soft pulp to olive oil, lemon juice, tomatoes, onions, and sometimes peppers.
If you're lucky, you can even find a richer version sprinkled with tahini. This cold appetizer, which is a special flavor of Hatay cuisine, can be found in every corner of Turkey.
Those who believe that mayo goes well with everything are probably naive about this magical dish. Like cacık, this dish is made with yogurt. Cacik is a juicy yogurt dish with a fresh taste. But Haydari packs a powerful punch with its more savory, acidic taste with the viscosity of strained yogurt.
Often made with pita, this terrific sauce pairs well with sandwiches as a healthier alternative to mayonnaise. Plus, garlic and fresh herbs like dill, basil, mint, and even thyme will freshen up that boring chicken mayonnaise.
If you hate spicy food but still maybe eat it for the show, you will fall in love with this dish too. Like tzatziki or tzatziki, but made with carrots instead of cucumbers, this is a lifesaver that will soothe your stomach, especially after a grueling hot pepper session.
You can even find herbs that give it a fresh flavor with a combination of water, yogurt, garlic, carrots, and walnuts. Popular in the summer, you can ask for it to be served with ice if you're feeling brave.
Mash some chickpeas with tahini, mix lemon juice, and garlic and you'll have the shining star of the Middle Eastern world there. You'll find this velvety sauce layered on a plate garnished with olive oil, a few chickpeas, parsley, or paprika, but any seasoned chef will tell you how valuable it is for transforming sandwiches.
The upscale flavor doesn't seem to hold up very well in commercially produced versions. While there's a reason this famous dish was caught in a love triangle between Israel and Lebanon, the Turkish version is no less heavy-handed.
This bright red-colored, cheesy dish is so good that it's not unusual for it to be served as a starter in almost every Turkish restaurant. Ironically, although it is called 'pure' in Turkish, the ingredients are not mashed together. Instead, finely chop tomatoes, onions, garlic, parsley, and hot red peppers.
Although every restaurant has its own style, this dish is nothing without ruby-colored chili paste and as much chili pepper as you can stand. Rich versions with whipped lemon juice and a little sour pomegranate sauce can send your taste buds on a culinary adventure.
Just like the world-famous salsa, this crimson, spicy dish is a good accompaniment to red meat.
If what you eat is barren, the answer is absolute yes, you can eat it. Made from nutritious but inexpensive ingredients, this high-fiber bulgur salad is a common dish.
A symbol of friendship and bond, every person has their favorite version: from the northeast version with lemon juice to the southwest version with pomegranate juice, this salad contains varying amounts of onions, spices, and herbs.
It is usually served cold. It's a healthy, low-calorie way to get some whole grains.
In 2004, an ode was written that the singer could not eat this famous sauce. Although eggplant is the highlight here, this is a dish topped with a variety of sauteed vegetables in a thick, garlicky tomato sauce. The best way to hit 5 a day, you'll find zucchini, onions, and peppers hidden in your flavor. In fact, this can be made with any of the seasonal vegetables as long as you don't neglect the eggplant. Puckery can be served as a tangy dip, hot or cold.
While it's a great addition to meat dishes, it has a special quality that makes it perfect with crackers or even just plain white rice. This is a celebrity in the appetizer world.
It's easy to be biased toward this pink appetizer. However, once you taste it, you will find yourself a transformation. A simple paste of fish roe, olive oil, garlic, and lemon juice, scallops are a great alternative to mayonnaise for those with egg allergies. But it is much more than an alternative. This is an elegant dish with a sophisticated Parisian flair.
At an all-at-home chic party, this is perfect as an hors d'oeuvre when paired with a humble pretzel and a crisp white wine. Although caviar is infamous for its price, this spread can be made with inexpensive cod roe. Despite its low cost, it still packs a nutritious punch.