As this weekend is Easter weekend and we have a distinct lack of any egg-shaped chocolate in the house, we’re going to concentrate not on the chocolate variety, but on those protein-packed staples that are produced by the chicken.
Yes, we like to keep it real, here! We’re doing our best egg recipes!
Obviously, this is going to be a collection of egg recipes that feature in Turkish cuisine.
For some recipes, eggs will feature as the main ingredient. In others, they make a welcome guest appearance.
Our Egg Recipes Use Village Eggs
Eggs feature in many famous Turkish dishes, which isn’t surprising when you see the number of chickens popping up in random places.
We’ve got used to this now and don’t really give them a second glance.
It’s still quite common in Turkey for families to keep chickens, even in urban areas.
Where we live, it’s not uncommon to see a chicken or three wandering down the pathway at the side of the main road!
Real Free Range Eggs
These are the true free range chickens.
They don’t carry with them any special labels such as ‘corn-fed.’ They’re not given x amount of metres per space per chicken so they can be labelled as ‘free range.’
No, they wander. They peck at the ground and eat whatever they find. And they eat whatever their owners put out for them.
And they produce the most fantastic eggs!
These are the eggs that are sold as köy yumurtası (village eggs) at your local market. And you need to keep an eye out for them.
They’re likely to be in a large plastic bowl or bag. And they can appear on any stall – it just depends whose hens have laid.
Egg Price Fluctuation
Prices per egg can fluctuate massively.
But, whenever possible, these are the eggs we buy for our Turkish egg recipes.
They’re sometimes difficult to find. They’re certainly difficult to carry. But they’re definitely worth your extra lira.
So, what do we do after we’ve gone to all that effort to ferry home our village eggs without ending up with a sticky yolky mess?
Well, whether we’re making a delicious breakfast or easy weeknight dinners, these Turkish egg recipes never disappoint!
And, if we come across any other Turkish egg recipes in the future, we’ll add the new recipes to this list.
Turkish Egg Recipes – Celebrating Local Village Eggs
These are just a few of our favourite ways that eggs are used in Turkish cuisine. But there are so many more Turkish egg recipes out there.
And, obviously, lots more Turkish recipes, too.
What’s your favourite meal that best celebrates the egg for you?