Turkish Food Focus: Tepsi Kebab

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 vs. 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.

Turkish Food - Tepsi Kebab

Turkish Food – Tepsi Kebab

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…

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  1. Tepsi kebab is a delicious dish and one I learned from Ozlem when she visited Istanbul last year! She used an oval casserole dish and it worked just fine. I’m sure even a rectangle glass dish would work just as well. I’m hoping to learn some more Antakya/Hatay area dishes from Ozlem next month! 🙂

  2. this looks wonderful and sounds even better. i must find a recipe for this now!

  3. One I haven’t tried. Hatay restaurants are just starting to open up in Bodrum so I will give it a go.

  4. This sounds fantastic! I love the idea of taking the dish somewhere communal to be cooked. 🙂

  5. @ Joy: Would love to go to one of Özlem’s cooking classes – especially if she’s doing stuff like tepsi kebabe. Guess you could use any shape of tray but would like to keep it traditional. 🙂 Will try with one of our trays at home I think.

    @ Jaz: There are a few recipes online for tepsi kebab. Let us know how you get on if you do give it a try. 🙂

  6. @ BacktoBodrum: More restaurants opening in Fethiye that specialise in the cuisine of Eastern Turkey. It seems to be a new trend of Fethiye at the moment. Long may it continue as we love spicy food. 🙂

  7. @ Rambling Tart: Yes the communal cooking is a great idea isn’t it. I guess it was more common in the past but nice to know the practice still happens in Turkey.

  8. Will Mozaik be open first week of April, I’d like to try the Tepsi Kebab

  9. @ Pete: Funny you should ask that because Moziak Bahçe have just updated their Facebook page and said it’s exactly 10 weeks until they reopen for the summer season. By our reckoning, that means they’ll be open. 🙂 Hope you like it.

  10. Great restaurant you must go there if you can lovely staff too especially nichola and dohan food is fab too :))

  11. @ Anonymous: Thanks a lot for your comment. Don’t think we’ve ever met anyone who hasn’t enjoyed the food at Mozaik Bahçe. Great to have a place that’s got a little niche in Fethiye. 🙂

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