Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Pickled Jalapenos (Jalapeno Tursusu)

1 lb fresh jalapenos, washed and sliced
¾ cup vinegar
1 cup water
8-10 cloves of garlic
1 Tbsp salt
2 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp black peppercorns
1-2 bay leaves (optional)

Pack the sliced jalapenos (preferably tight) into clean glass jars along with the garlic, bay leaves and black peppercorns. Leave some space (1 inch) on top. Add salt and sugar on top. Then, fill the jars with vinegar and water up to top. Close the lids tight and shake the jars up for a couple of times so that the salt and sugar will be dissolved and evenly distributed.
Age several weeks at room temperature (preferably in dark) before using or keep refrigerated up to 2 months if you are not planning to use them earlier.
ENJOY

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TURKCE
½ kg taze jalapeno biberi, yikanmis ve ince dilimlenmis
¾ su bardagi sirke
1 su bardagi su
8-10 dis sarimsak
1 yemek kasigi tuz
2 yemek kasigi seker
1 tatli kasigi tane karabiber
1-2 tane defne yapragi

Dilimlenmis jalapeno biberlerini sarimsak, karabiber ve defne yapraklari ile birlikte cam kavanozlara doldurun (tercihen siki sekilde). Ust kisminda yaklasik 2 cm kadar bosluk birakin. Sonra, tuz ve sekeri ilave edin. Ardindan kavanozlarin agzina kadar sirke ve suyu ekleyerek kapaklarini sikica kapatin. Bir kac defa kavanozlari alt ust ederek tuz ve sekerin esit olarak karismasi icin nazikce calkalayin.
Oda sicakliginda (tercihen karanlik bir ortamda) 1-2 hafta fermente olmaya birakin veya eger tursuyu hemen tuketmeyecekseniz buzdolabinda 2 aya kadar saklayabilirsiniz.
AFIYET OLSUN

Friday, May 18, 2012

Turkish Hash Browns (Patates Mucveri)

3-4 medium size potatoes
1 onion
1 egg
¼ tsp baking soda (optional)
4-5 sprigs fresh parsley
Mint
Salt to taste
Black pepper
½ cup flour
Canola oil for frying

Peel the potatoes and shred. If desired rinse the starch and drain. Otherwise drain the excess starch liquid in the bottom. Shred the onion and garlic or just use the food processor. Chop the parsley finely and combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl. If you prefer crispy hash browns skip the baking soda otherwise add the baking soda for fluffy and soft hash browns.
Heat the canola oil in a frying pan and add a spoonful mixture and give any shape you like (preferably as in the picture) by pressing gently on top. Fry both sides evenly and take over a serving plate. Serve warm.
ENJOY

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TURKCE
3-4 orta boy patates
1 sogan
1 yumurta
1-2 dis sarimsak
½ cay kasigi karbonat (istege bagli)
4-5 dal maydanoz
Nane
Tuz
Karabiber
½ su bardagi un
Kizartmak icin kanola yagi

Patatesleri soyun ve rendeleyin. Isterseniz sudan gecirerek biriken nisastayi yikayabilir ya da yikamadan sadece biriken suyu suzebilirsiniz. Sogan ve sarimsaklari rendeleyin yada mutfak robotundan gecirin. Maydanozu ince ince dograyin. Butun malzemeleri genis bir kapta karistirin.
Eger mucverlerin yumusak olmasini tercih ederseniz karbonat ilave edin, eger kitir kitir severseniz karbonat ilave etmeyin.
Kizartma tavasina kanola yagini alin ve iyice kizdirin. Yaklasik bir yemek kasigi dolusu malzemeyi kizgin yaga yavasca birakarak uzerinden hafifce bastirarak yuvarlak ya da oval sekil verin. Her iki tarafini da guzelce kizartin. Servis tabagina alin ve sicak servis yapin.
AFIYET OLSUN


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Leeks with Chicken Liver (Tavuk Cigerli Pirasa)


1 lb chicken liver
1 lb leeks
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 cup tomatoes, petite diced
¼ cup hot water
¼ tsp crushed red pepper
1 tsp salt to taste
½ tsp fresh black pepper

Wash and drain chicken livers and cut them in bite sizes. Heat the olive oil in a pot and then add the chicken livers. Saute over medium heat until they turn brown. Meanwhile clean and chop the leeks. Add the leeks and continue sautéing over medium heat for about 3-4 minutes. Then, add the tomatoes, crushed red pepper and salt to taste. Add the hot water, give a stir and cook over low medium heat with the lid on. After 20-30 minutes add black pepper and turn the heat off.
ENJOY

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TURKCE
½ kg tavuk cigeri
½ kg pirasa
2 yemek kasigi zeytinyagi
1 su bardagi domates, kucuk dogranmis
¼ su bardagi sicak su
½ cay kasigi aci pul biber
1 tatli kasigi tuz
1 cay kasigi taze ogutulmus karabiber

Cigerleri yikayin ve suyu suzulunce irice dograyin. Zeytinyagini tencereye alin ve dogranmis cigerleri tencereye ilave edin. Orta ateste cigerler kahverengi olana dek sote edin. Bu sirada pirasalari yikayin ve dograyin. Tencereye ilave edin ve yaklasik 3-4 dakika daha sote edin. Sonra, domates, pul biber ve tuzu ilave edin. Sicak suyu ilave edin, karistirin ve kapagi kapali olarak yaklasik 20-30 dakika kisik ateste pisirin. Uzerine karabiber serpin ve sicak servis yapin.
AFIYET OLSUN

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Homemade Mediterranean Olives (Evde Sele Zeytini Yapimi)


2 kg (~4 lb) ripe uncured black olives
750 (~1 ½ lb) gr pickling salt/kosher salt
1/3 cup canola/vegetable oil

Wash and drain the ripe uncured black olives. Preferably use a glass jar (3 liter volume will work) and layer with olives and salt till fitting all the olives in the jar. Place in a dark and cool place. Turn the jar upside down every day to help the salt pieces to move around evenly for about 25 days. Drain if there is water collected in the bottom. After doing this for 25 days curing will be completed. Transfer the olives over a wide big bowl and take the olives and leave the salt. You can either take the olives into the same jar or use another container. Add some canola/vegetable oil and mix all olives. Keep the olives in the refrigerator or a cool place.
ENJOY
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TURKCE
2 kg taze zeytin
750 gram iri tuz/kaya tuzu
100 ml zeytinyagi/kanola yagi

Zeytinleri yıkayıp suyunu suzun. Tercihen cam kavanoza (3 litrelik yeterli) bir kat zeytin bir kat tuz olarak dizin. Tercihen karanlik ve serin  bir yerde saklayin. Her gun kavanozu alt ust ederek calkalayin. Tuzların yer değiştirmesini sağlayarak bu işlemi 25 gün boyunca tekrarlayin. Biriken suyu varsa surekli suzulur. Sonra geniş bir kaba bosaltin ve zeytinleri tuzun içinden alarak tekrar cam kavanoza veya başka bir kaba alın. Uzerine kanola yaği dokun ve zeytinlerin her tarafına esit olarak yayılması sağlayin. Serin bir yerde veya buz dolabında saklayin.
Zeytinler afiyetle yemeye hazirdir.
AFIYET OLSUN

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Cabbage with Spinach (Ispanakli Lahana)

1 head of cabbage, chopped
½ lb spinach, chopped
1 onion, chopped
2-3 Tbsp olive oil
4-5 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp cumin
¼ tsp black pepper
¼ tsp crushed chili pepper
1-2 Tbsp soy sauce
1 cup walnut, crushed

Take olive oil and onions in a pot and sauté over medium heat until onions are translucent. Add garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes and then add chopped cabbage. Cook over medium heat for 3-4 minutes stirring occasionally. Then, stir in spinach and salt to taste. Cook over medium heat for a couple of minutes and then add soy sauce and spices. Close the lid and cook over low heat until the cabbage is cooked (for about 25-30 minutes).
Before serving top with walnuts.
ENJOY

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TURKCE
1 orta boy lahana, dogranmis
250 gr ispanak, dogranmis
1 sogan, dogranmis
2-3 yemek kasigi zeytinyagi
4-5 dis sarimsak, ezilmis
1-2 yemek kasigi soya sosu
½ cay kasigi kirmizi pul biber
½ cay kasigi karabiber
1 tatli kasigi tuz
1 su bardagi ufalanmis ceviz ici

Bir tencereye sogan ve zeytinyagini alin ve orta ateste sote edin. Sarimsaklari da ilave edin ve 1-2 dakika daha cevirdikten sonra, lahanayi ilave edin ve orta ateste 3-4 dakika sote edin. Ispanak ve tuzu ilave edin, bir kac dakika orta ateste cevirin. Soya sosu ve baharatlari da ilave edin ve kapagi kapali olarak kisik ateste lahana pisene dek pisirin (yaklasik 25-30 dakika).
Servisten once uzerine cevizleri ilave edin.
AFIYET OLSUN

Monday, April 16, 2012

Vegetable Frittata (Sebzeli Italyan Omleti)

1 red bell pepper, chopped
½ onion, chopped
½ lb spinach, chopped
4-5 eggs, whisked
½ cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
¼ cup milk
1 Tbsp olive oil
½ tsp salt
½ tsp dried mint
Black pepper

Saute onions with olive oil over medium heat for 3-4 minutes. Add bell pepper and spinach. Saute for 3-4 more minutes. Then, in a bowl, combine whisked eggs, milk, salt, mint and cheese.
Preheat oven to 400 F (200 C) and grease a round pyrex. Transfer the cooked vegetables and then add the egg-milk mixture. Gently give a toss for an even frittata. Sprinkle some black pepper on top. Bake for about 5 minutes and then broil for 3-4 minutes or until the eggs settle.
Slice and serve hot.
ENJOY
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TURKCE
1 tane buyuk kirmizi biber, dogranmis
½ sogan, dogranmis
250 gr ispanak, dogranmis
4-5 tane yumurta, cirpilmis
½ su bardagi kasar peyniri, rendelenmis
¼ su bardagi sut
1 yemek kasigi zeytinyagi
1 cay kasigi tuz
1 cay kasigi nane
Karabiber

Zeytinyaginda sogani 3-4 dakika sote edin. Sonra, biber ve ispanagi ilave edip 3-4 dakika daha soteleyin. Cirpilmis yumurtaya sut, tuz, nane ve rendelenmis kasar peyniri ilave edin. Harmanlayin.
Firini onceden 200 C (400 F)’ye isitin. Borcam tepsiyi yaglayin ve sebzeleri dibine yayin. Uzerine cirpilmis yumurta karisimini ilave edin. Hafifce karistirarak sebzeleri esit olarak yaymaya calisin. Uzerine karabiber serpin ve firina verin. 5 dakika kadar pisirin ve sonra sadece ustten kizartma yaparak 3-4 dakika ya da yumurta sertlesip iyice pisene dek firinda birakin.
Dilimleyin ve sicak servis edin.
AFIYET OLSUN

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Parmesan Red Snapper (Parmesanli Levrek)

1 lb red snapper fillets
½ cup bell pepper, chopped
½ cup onion, chopped
½ cup parmesan cheese, grated
1-2 Tbsp butter
Salt and pepper to taste

Remove the skin of the fillets. Rub them with salt and pepper. Take the chopped onions and bell peppers over a Pyrex/oven tray. Sprinkle with salt and give a toss. Arrange the fillets over the bed of vegetables. Apply small amounts of butter over the fillets and then cover the tops with parmesan cheese.
Preheat the oven to 400F (200C) and bake the red snapper until it’s flaky and soft (for about 20-30 minutes, depending on the thickness).
ENJOY
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TURKCE
½ kg levrek benzeri beyaz etli balik fileto
½ su bardagi karisik renkli biber, dogranmis
½ su bardagi sogan, dogranmis
½ su bardagi parmesan peyniri, rendelenmis
1-2 yemek kasigi tereyagi
Tuz ve karabiber

Balik filetolarinin derisini alin. Tuz ve karabiber serpin ve elinizle hafifce ovarak yedirin. Yaglanmis borcam ya da firin tepsisine dogranmis biber ve sogani alin. Tuz serperek harmanlayin. Uzerlerine balik filetolari yerlestirin. Tereyagini kucuk parcalara bolerek araliklarla filetolarin uzerine dagitin. Son olarak, filetolarin uzerini parmesan peyniri ile kaplayin.
Onceden isitilmis olan 200C (400F) firinda baliklar pisip uzerleri hafifce kizarana dek kalinliklarina bagli olarak 20-30 dakika kadar pisirin.
AFIYET OLSUN
Baligin Faydalari

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Leek and Potato Soup (Patatesli Pirasa Corbasi)

2 leeks, cleaned and chopped
2 potatoes, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
½ cup celery, chopped
2 Tbsp flour
3 cups water
2- 2 ½ cups milk
1 chicken bouillon
1 Tbsp salt to taste
3 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
1 egg
2 Tbsp lemon juice

Melt the butter in a big pot and stir in flour. Over medium heat, sauté flour until changes color. Add carrots and sauté for about 2 minutes. Then, stir in potatoes and cook for 2 minutes stirring occasionally. Finally, add chopped leek, celery and parsley; sauté for 2-3 minutes. Add hot water, salt and chicken bouillon. Bring to a boil and cook over low heat covered until the vegetables are cooked or for about 20-25 minutes. Then, add milk and bring to a boil stirring occasionally. Lower the heat and simmer for about 5 minutes.
In a small bowl, whisk the egg and lemon juice. Let the soup rest for a while and then, add some soup into it stirring constantly. Add the egg mixture into the soup stirring rapidly.
ENJOY

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TURKCE
2 pirasa, temizlenmis ve dogranmis
2 patates, dogranmis
2 havuc, dogranmis
½ su bardagi kereviz sapi, dogranmis
2 yemek kasigi un
3 su bardagi su
2-2 ½ su bardagi sut
1 tavuk bulyon
1 yemek kasigi tuz
3 yemek kasigi tereyag
1 yemek kasigi taze maydanoz, ince dogranmis
1 yumurta
2 yemek kasigi limon suyu

Genis bir tencerede tereyagini eritin ve unu orta ateste sararana dek kavurun. Havuclari ilave edin ve yaklasik 2 dakika kadar kavurun. Patatesleri ilave edip kavurmaya devam edin. Son olarak, dogranmis pirasa, kereviz saplarini ve maydanozu ilave edin. Iki uc dakika kadar daha kavurun ve sicak suyu ilave edin. Tavuk bulyonu ve tuzu ekleyin. Kaynayinca atesi kisin ve sebzeler pisene dek yaklasik 20-25 dakika kapagi kapali olarak pisirin. Sonra, sutu ilave edip ara sira karistirarak yuksek ateste kaynamasini bekleyin. Kaynadiktan sonra kisik ateste 5 dakika kadar pisirin.
Kucuk bir kapta limon suyu ve yumurtayi guzelce cirpin. Corba biraz dinlendikten sonra, corbadan bir miktar alip cirpilmis yumurta karisimina yavas yavas yedirin. Sonra da yavas yavas corbanin icine dokerek hizlica karistirarak corbaya yedirin.
AFIYET OLSUN

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Pickled Green Tomato Stir Fry (Tursu Domates Kavurmasi)

2 cups pickled green tomatoes, chopped
2-3 Tbsp olive oil
2-3 cloves garlic, smashed
¼ tsp crushed chili pepper (optional)
¼ tsp paprika
1/3 cup yogurt for top

Heat the olive oil in a wide pan and add the smashed garlic. Give a few stirs over medium heat and add pickled green tomatoes. Saute over medium heat stirring occasionally until they turn pinkish (for about 15-20 minutes). Then, add paprika and crushed chili pepper. Give a stir and turn the heat off after 1-2 minutes.
Serve with yogurt on top in desired.
ENJOY

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TURKCE
2 su bardagi tursu yesil domates, dogranmis
2-3 yemek kasigi zeytinyagi
2-3 dis sarimsak, ezilmis
½ cay kasigi pul biber (istege bagli)
½ cay kasigi kirmizi toz biber
1/3 su bardagi yogurt, uzeri icin

Genisce bir tavada zeytinyagini kizidirn ve sarimsagi ilave edin. Orta ateste bir kac defa cevirin ve dogranmis yesil domates tursusunu ilave edin. Ara sira karistirarak orta ateste tursularin rengi pembelesinceye dek yaklasik 15-20 dakika kadar kavurun. Sonra, kirmizi toz biber ve pul biberi ilave edin. Guzelce karistirin ve 1-2 dakika sonra atesten alin.
Arzuya gore ister yaninda isterseniz uzerinde yogurt ile servis yapin.
AFIYET OLSUN

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Humus with Roasted Red Pepper (Kozlenmis Kirmizi Biberli Humus)

1 cup of cooked chick peas/ canned
2-3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Juice of ½ lemon
2-3 Tbsp tahini
¾ cup roasted red pepper, skinned
2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
¼ cup water (optional)
1 tsp salt to taste
¼ tsp cumin
¼ tsp black pepper

Place boiled or canned chick peas into a food processor or use a blender to form a puree. Then, add the roasted red peppers and blend with pureed chick peas. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix them all.
Drizzle some olive oil on top and serve Humus with warm pita bread or chips.
ENJOY

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TURKCE
1 su bardagi pismis nohut/konserve
2-3 yemek kasigi sizma zeytinyagi
½ limonun suyu
¾ su bardagi kozlenmis kirmizi biber, soyulmus
2-3 yemek kasigi tahin
2-3 dis sarimsak, ezilmis
¼ su bardagi su (istege bagli)
1 tatli kasigi tuz
½ cay kasigi kimyon
½ cay kasigi karabiber

Haslanmis ya da konserve nohutlari blendir ile pure haline getirin. Daha sonra kozlenmis kirmizi biberi de ilave edip tekrar pure edin. Geri kalan malzemeleri ilave edin ve guzelce karistirin. Uzerine biraz zeytinyagi akitin ve sicak pide ya da lavas ile servis yapabilirsiniz.
AFIYET OLSUN

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Jalapeno Poppers (Peynir Dolgulu Jalapeno Biber)

12 jalapeno peppers
½ cup cream cheese
1/3 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
¼ cup flour
1 egg, whisked
½ cup bread crumbs
1 cup canola oil for frying
 
Wash and dry the jalapenos. Cut one side in lengthwise without damaging the cap. Remove the seeds. Mix cheddar and cream cheese. Fill the jalapenos with this cheese mixture and try to close the cut side as in whole jalapeno.
Dip the jalapenos in flour and cover evenly. Then, dip them in whisked egg and then cover with bread crumbs. Fry in heated canola oil. If desired, they can be roasted in the oven rather than frying. Serve hot.
ENJOY
TURKCE
12 tane jalapeno biberi
½ su bardagi krem peynir
1/3 su bardagi cedar peyniri, rendelenmis
¼ su bardagi un
1 yumurta, cirpilmis
½ su bardagi galeta unu/kiriklanmis ekmek
1 su bardagi kanola yagi, kizartmak icin
 
Jalapeno biberlerini yikayin ve kurulayin. Biberleri sadece bir taraftan uzunlamasina boydan boya kesin, fakat ikiye ayirmayin ve sapini koparmayin. Icinden cekirdeklerini temizleyin. Diger bir yerde cedar ve krem peyniri bir kasede karistirin. Jalapeno biberlerini kesik kismindan peynir karisimi ile doldurun ve butun biber gibi kapatin.
Sonra, her jalapeno biberini once unun icinde yuvarlayin ve ardindan cirpilmis yumurtaya batirin. Son olarak, galeta unu/ekmek kirintilari ile kaplayin. Kizdirilmis kanola yaginda biberleri guzelce kizartin. Arzu ederseniz, hazirladiginiz jalapeno biberlerini firinda da kizartabilirsiniz. Sicak servis edin.
AFIYET OLSUN
 

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Salmon Baked in Foil (Aluminyumda Firinlanmis Somon)

4 salmon fillets
2-3 Tbsp olive oil
2 small tomatoes, finely chopped
1-2 chopped shallots
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
½-1 tsp dried thyme
Salt
Fresh ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 400 F (200 C). Meanwhile, rub salmon fillets with salt, and pepper. Sprinkle with olive oil on both sides. Stir the tomatoes, shallots, lemon juice and thyme in a medium bowl to blend.
Place a salmon fillet over a sheet of foil. Wrap the ends of the foil to form a spiral shape. Spoon the tomato mixture over the salmon, layering evenly. Fold the sides of the foil over the fish and tomato mixture, covering completely. Seal the packets closed. Place the foil packets on an oven tray. Bake until the salmon is cooked through, about 25 minutes. Using a large metal spatula, transfer the foil packets to plates and serve hot.
ENJOY
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TURKCE
2 tane somon fileto
2-3 yemek kasigi zeytinyagi
2 tane kucuk domates, kucuk dogranmis
1-2 taze sogan/arpacik, dogranmis
2 yemek kasigi taze limon suyu
½-1 tatli kasigi kuru kekik
Tuz
Taze ogutulmus karabiber

Firini 200 C (400 F)’ye isitin. Somon baliklarini tuz ve karabiber ile ovalayin. Zeytinyagi ile her iki tarafini yaglayin. Kucuk bir kasede domates, sogan, limon suyu ve kekigi karistirin.
Her bir somon filetoyu genis birer parca aluminyum folyonun uzerine yerlestirin. Aluminyum folyonun kenarlarini yukari dogru kivirarak spiral bir sekil yapin. Sonra, somonlarin uzerine domates karisimini yayarak kaplayin. Aluminyum folyoyu somonlarin uzerinden kapatin ve kenarlarini iyice kivirip guzelce kapatin. Kapattiginiz aluminyum paketlerini firin tepsisine yerlestirin.
Firina verin ve yaklasik 25 dakika somonlar iyice pisene dek pisirin. Buyuk bir metal spatula ile aluminyum paketleri servis tabaklarina koyun ve sicak servis edin.
AFIYET OLSUN
Baligin Faydalari

Monday, March 5, 2012

Shrimp Scampi with Butter Sauce (Tereyagli Karides)

1 lb large fresh shrimp
3 large cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp olive oil
3-4 Tbsp unsalted butter
¼ tsp dried crushed red pepper (optional)
1-2 Tbsp chopped fresh or dried parsley
Black pepper
Salt to taste

Peel and devein the shrimp. In a large skillet, saute minced garlic in hot olive oil for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the butter and stir until it melts. Add the shrimp and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in salt and red pepper. Reduce heat and simmer for 4-5 minutes or until the shrimp turns pink.
Sprinkle with the fresh parsley and serve hot over your choice of rice or pasta.
ENJOY

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TURKCE
½ kg taze buyuk boy karides
3 buyuk dis sarimsak, ezilmis
2 yemek kasigi zeytinyagi
3-4 yemek kasigi tereyag
½ cay kasigi kirmizi pul biber (istege bagli)
1-2 yemek kasigi taze/kuru maydanoz, dogranmis
Tuz
Karabiber

Karidesleri soyun ve temizleyin. Genis bir tavada zeytinyagini isitin ve sarimsaklari ekleyerek, yaklasik 1-2 dakika sote edin. Tereyagini ilave edin ve eriyene dek karistirin. Karidesi ilave edin ve 2 dakika kadar pisirin. Tuz ve kirmizi biberi ilave edin. Dusuk ateste yaklasik 4-5 dakika kadar ya da karidesler pembelesene dek pisirin.
Uzerine maydanoz serpin ve arzuya gore pilav ya da makarna yaninda sicak servis edin.
AFIYET OLSUN