It’s Friday again so it’s time for another Turkish food photo. Actually, we’ve decided to change the name of this weekly series to Turkish Food Focus because our first two posts in this section, the Izmir gevrek simit mystery and nohutlu pilav, contained more than one photo. Future posts are likely to be the same, so ‘focus’ seems more apt than ‘photo’ for the title. Let’s roll with that for a while and see what happens.
Tepsi Kebab (Tray Kebab)
And, having said all that, guess what, today’s post is just one photo. A scan through our food photo archives revealed that we’re yet to add this photo of meaty goodness to the Turkish food section of the blog so we want to put that right today.
Tepsi kebab is traditional to the Hatay area of Turkey but not many restaurants around Turkey serve it because it’s time consuming to prepare. Tepsi kebab is a dish eaten at home and mere mortals who don’t get the opportunity to share a meal with a family from this area are left to scrabble around for a specialist kebab restaurant that is willing to prepare it.
Well lucky us, living in Fethiye. As with many of our kebab photos, this photo is from a favourite restaurant of ours, Mozaik Bahçe. This place specialises in Hatay cuisine and so serves individual portions of tepsi kebab. Traditionally, the minced meat is kneaded with finely chopped onions and spices and then moulded into a large circular baking tray (tepsi means tray) topped in a tomato sauce and cooked in a stone oven (many Turkish families take their dishes to their local bakery to be baked).
If you find yourself in Fethiye in the summer season, we can recommend the tepsi kebab from Mozaik Bahçe. The meat is succulent, juicy, lightly spiced and topped with barbecued onion, pepper and tomato. Tepsi kebab is on our list of recipes to try out at home – right after we’ve bought ourselves a circular tray. In the meantime, we continue to dream of a trip to the Hatay region of Turkey so we can eat our way through the whole area…