My daughter enjoys traditional Turkish food; Beef, lamb and sausage (Sujuk) sandwiches. We order one sandwich of each and then we share. So delicious!! For dessert, her favourite is Baklava.
We also had Lamb Gozleme; it is a traditional Turkish hand made fresh pastry, filled and sealed then cooked.
Of course I couldn’t wait to make a skinny version at home. So instead of using flour dough, I chose whole wheat tortilla, and I did substitute extra lean ground beef for lamb. For the spices, I went for Zaatar since it goes perfectly with meat and feta cheese. Also I added some mozzarella cheese to hold the filling together.
So as you can see it’s not the traditional Turkish Gozleme, looks more like a quesadilla...I just got inspired!!
Ingredients: (Makes 6)
1 lb extra lean ground beef½ medium onion, chopped
1 tbsp Zaatar, or more
Or ½ tbsp each dried thyme and sesame seeds
8 oz feta cheese
½ cup shredded low fat mozzarella
6 large whole wheat tortillas
Heat olive oil in a medium sauté pan over medium-low heat. Add onion and sauté for 2 minutes. Add ground beef and stir until evenly browned.
Season the mixture with zaatar (or thyme) and little salt to taste.
Spray a large frying pan or griddle with cooking spray (that is optional as I don’t spray my pan). Heat up tortilla from both sides until air pockets form. Sprinkle then some mozzarella cheese, add a thin layer of ground beef and top with feta cheese.
Wait until cheese has melted and lift up one side of the tortilla and flip it over the other side. Keep flipping the quesadilla or "gozleme" until browned from both sides.
Remove from pan and cut into wedges.