Sunday, September 25, 2011

Baked Pasta with Ground Beef (Kiymali Firin Makarna)

500 gr Penne/Ziti
½ cup olive oil
2 lbs ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
1 cup tomato puree
3 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
2 eggs, beaten
½ tsp ground allspice
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
½ cup hot water
3 Tbsp breadcrumbs
1 Tbsp salt to taste
½ tsp ground black pepper to taste
½ cup unsalted butter (1 stick)

Heat olive oil in a large saute pan. Add ground beef and cook over medium heat until pink color disappears (about 5 minutes). Add onions and cook until they are translucent (about 5 minutes more).
Add tomato sauce, hot water, parsley, allspice, cinnamon, salt, and pepper. Allow sauce to simmer over low heat for 8-10 minutes. Meanwhile, boil the pasta in lightly salted water. Drain and rinse under cold water to cool them slightly. Stir in breadcrumbs to meat sauce to absorb excess liquid and remove from heat.
Melt butter in pasta pot and return cooked pasta to the pot. Stir in half of grated cheese, beaten eggs and toss gently. Use a roughly 12 x 18 x 3 inches deep pan/tray. Grease the bottom and sides of the pan with olive oil. Layer the bottom with half the pasta and press down so that they are somewhat flat. Add the meat filling in an even layer to the pasta. Top with remaining pasta and flatten top layer as best you can.
Pre-heat the oven to 350 F (180 C) while you prepare the bechamel sauce. Double up the ingredients. Click for the béchamel sauce recipe. Pour the bechamel over the pasta making sure to pour sauce down in to the corners as well. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese. Bake for approximately 35-45 minutes or until the top turns a nice golden color.
ENJOY

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TURKCE
500 gr Penne/Ziti
½ su bardagi zeytinyagi
1 kg kiyma
1 buyuk boy sogan, dogranmis
1 su bardagi domates puresi
2 yumurta, cirpilmis
3 yemek kasigi taze maydanoz, dogranmis
1 cay kasigi yenibahar
1 tatli kasigi tarcin
1 su bardagi Parmesan peyniri, rendelenmis
½ su bardagi sicak su
3 yemek kasigi kiriklanmis ekmek
1 yemek kasigi tuz
1 cay kasigi karabiber
½ su bardagi tereyagi

Zeytinyagini bir tavaya alin ve kiymayi ilave edin. Orta ateste kiyma renk degistirene dek kavurun (yaklasik 5 dakika). Soganlari ilave edin ve yaklasik 5 dakika kadar pisirmeye devam edin.
Domates sosu, sicak su, maydanoz, yenibahar, tarcin, tuz ve karabiberi ilave edin. Sosu yaklasik olarak 8-10 dakika pisirin. Bu sirada, makarnayi hafif tuzlu suda pisirin. Suyunu suzin ve soguk sudan gecirin. Kiymali domates sosuna ekmek kirintilarini ilave edin. Boylece sosun fazla suyu ekmek kirintilari tarafindan emilecektir. Atesten alin.
Tereyagini makarnayi hasladiginiz tencerede eritin ve makarnayi geri bosaltin. Rendelenmis Parmesan peynirinin yarisini ve cirpilmis yumurtayi ilave edin. Nazikce karistirin. Yaklasik olarak 7-8 cm derinliginde ve 30 x 45 cm boyutlarindaki tepsinin dibini ve kenarlarini yaglayin. Dibine makarnanin yarisini doseyin. Uzerinden hafifce bastirarak duzleyin. Kiymali domates sosu esit olarak uzerine dagitin. Geri kalan makarnayi ilave edin ve duzlestirin.
Beshamel sosu hazirlayin. Beshamel sos tarifi icin tiklayin. Hazilarken beshamel sosunu iki doz yapin. Makarnanin uzerine beshamel sosu dagitin, tepsini koselerinden dibe dogru dokmeyi ihmal etmeyin. Geri kalan Parmesan peynirini uzerine sepristirin. Onceden isitilmis 180 C (350 F) firinda yaklasik 35-45 dakika ya da uzeri hafice kizarana dek pisirin.
AFIYET OLSUN

Friday, September 16, 2011

Eggplant Mousaka with Mushrooms (Mantarli Patlican Musakka)

2 eggplants, peeled and cut into chunks
1 big onion, chopped
½ lb (200 gr) ground beef
½ lb mushrooms, cut in quarters
2 tomatoes, diced
1 cup oil for frying the eggplant
1 green pepper, chopped
1 tsp salt
½ tsp black pepper
2 cloves of garlic, sliced thin (optional)
½ cup hot or warm water

Peel the whole eggplant and chop in chunks. Then, place them in a bowl and cover the eggplants with water. Let them stand for 30 minutes in water. Then, drain and wipe the eggplants with a paper towel. In a large skillet place the oil and lightly fry the eggplants until they change in color. Do not over fry. Place the fried eggplant pieces in a Pyrex dish and sprinkle salt on them.
Place the ground beef and 1 tbsp oil and cook until the meat changes in color. You can use the same skillet or a smaller one. Then, add chopped onions and sauté for 2 minutes. Add chopped peppers, garlic (optional) and mushrooms. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Stir in tomatoes and salt to taste. Sauté for 5 minutes. Finally add black pepper and give a stir. Spread this mixture evenly on the fried eggplants and add the hot water.
Preheat the oven to 375 F (190 C) and cook for about 20-25 minutes.
You can serve this dish with pilaf and yogurt.
ENJOY

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TURKCE
2 tane buyuk patlican, soyulmus
1 buyuk sogan, dogranmis
200 gr kiyma
250 gr mantar, dorde bolunmus
2 domates, dogranmis
1 su bardagi sivi yag( patlicanlari kizartmak icin)
1 yesil biber, dogranmis
2 cay kasigi tuz
1 cay kasigi karabiber
2 dis sarimsak, dogranmis (istege bagli)
½ su bardagi sicak su

Patlicanlari yikayip, soyun. Buyuk buyuk dograyin ve buyuk bir kaseye koyup uzerine cikana dek su doldurun. Patlicanin acimsi tadinin suya gecmesi icin yaklasik 30 dakika suda bekletin.
Sonra patlicanlari suzup, kurulayin. Genis bir tavaya yagi koyup patlicanlari renk degistirene dek kizartin. Fazla kizartirsaniz, patlicanlarin sekli bozulur. Kizarmis patlicanlari borcam bir tepsiye alin ve uzerine tuz serpin.
Ayni tavada bir yemek kasigi sivi yagi ve kiymayi renk degistirene dek kavurun. Sonra soganlari ilave edip 1-2 dakika sote edin. Biberleri, sarimsak ve mantari ilave edin. Yaklasik 3 dakika kavurun. Sonra, tuz ve domatesi ekleyin, 5 dakika kisik ateste pisirin. Son olarak karabiberi ilave edin. Kiymali karisimi kizarmis patlicanlarin uzerine esit olarak yayin ve sicak suyu ilave edin.
Onceden isitilmis 190 C (375) firinda yaklasik 30 dakika pisirin.
Yaninda pilav ve yogurt ile servis edebilirsiniz.
AFIYET OLSUN

Monday, September 5, 2011

Shelled Fava Beans with Olive Oil (Zeytinyagli Bakla)

1 lb shelled fava beans, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium tomato, diced
1 tsp tomato paste
2-3 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt to taste
1/3 cup hot water
1/3 cup fresh dill, chopped

Take olive oil and onions into a pot and sauté over medium heat until onions get translucent. Stir in shelled fava beans that you’ve chopped at any size you like. Cook over medium heat stirring occasionally until they change in color. Add tomato paste and tomato. Saute for 3-4 minutes. Then, add salt and hot water. Bring to a boil. Close the lid and simmer over low-medium heat until the shelled fava beans get soft (for about 30 minutes).
Add chopped dill and give a stir. Close the lid and let it sit for 10-15 minutes.
Serve with either yogurt or garlic yogurt.
ENJOY

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TURKCE
½ kg bakla, dogranmis
1 orta boy, sogan, dogranmis
1 orta boy, domates
1 tatli kasigi salca
2-3 yemek kasigi zeytinyagi
1 tatli kasigi tuz
1/3 su bardagi sicak su
1/3 su bardagi, dere otu, dogranmis

Once tencereye zeytinyagini alin ve sogani orta ateste pembelesene dek kavurun. Ardindan arzu ettiginiz gibi dogradiginiz baklalari ilave edin. Ara sira karistirarak baklalar renk degistirene dek kavurun. Salca ve domatesi ilave edin ve yine 3-4 dakika kadar kavurun. Sonra, tuz ve sicak suyu ilave edin. Karistirin ve kaynamaya baslayinca kapagini kapati. Kisik ateste baklalar yumusayana dek, yaklasik yarim saat pisirin.
Pistikten sonra, dereotunu ilave edip karistirin ve kapagini kapatarak 10-15 dakika dinlendirin.
Yaninda yogurt veya sarimsakli yogurt ile servis yapin.
Afiyet Olsun

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