A traditional royal Turkish Egg Recipe for two. This rich creation begs crusty bread to swim in its creamy garlic-infused yogurt dotted with a browned butter onion sauce kissed by a smokey pepper. Also known as Cilbur, this recipe dates back to the Ottoman Empire and is surprisingly easy to make.
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I have a confession to make.
Not sure if it’s a hoarding problem or just a passionate exploration into vintage culinary paper ephemera acquisition. Some will say those are $10 words and others a euphemism for an addiction that will inevitably lead to writing a food blog.
Yeppers. I collect cookbooks, especially old ones.
Turkish Eggs Recipe for two is inspired by my favorite cookbook series I call Cooking the (insert your geographical region here) way.
The first book I discovered set me off on a journey to collect all of them. Cooking the Scandinavian Way was the catalyst for a vintage cookbook collection and eventually led to this blog as I know it today.
They can be hard to find so keep your eyes peeled if you are like me. They have been out of print for a long time. Amazon is your fried as is second hand stores and estate sales. In fact I’m going to an estate sale as soon as I finish this post.
My phone is set to alerts when there’s on in my area. I know, you wish you had thought of that too. That is how much I love collecting cookbooks. I have to be careful, I live in a tiny house so these vintage books have turned into decorative features in the house. I stack some of them sideways and put a plant on them. I don’t think David has caught on that my collection is actually getting bigger.
This recipe is adapted from Cooking the Middle Eastern Way. I actually posted about it when I first started this blog, back when I didn’t know about white balance, composition or any of those other fancy terms that help a picture go from so-so to fabulous.
If you want to see my progress as a food blogger, you can see my original post on Cilbur, I left it intact so that we both may have a good laugh.
But I digress. Turkish Eggs can be dated back to the Sultans in the Ottoman Empire. One article I read suggested this meal was prepared for Sultans on a caravan. To me, this is believable. After experiencing cooking while camping and backpacking, I can picture the caravan making this easy dish that is very rich with big flavors, fitting for royalty on holiday, don’t you agree?
Make some for yourself and your significant other. It’s an impressive dish with minimal effort.
Turkish Eggs can be broken down into three easy parts:
- Infuse garlic and salt into plain yogurt.
- Bake, fry or poach the eggs, making sure to leave the yolk runny and not over cooked.
- Make the browned butter, onion and Aleppo pepper sauce.
Assemble and you are done. This recipe is for two but can easily be doubled, tripled etc. to meet your needs. Consider the recipe a suggestion. Feel free to amp up the butter sauce, but seriously… it’s perfect, don’t touch it.
Or garnish with fresh herbs etc. Go crazy. If you do go off this culinary deep-end, take a pic and tag #FusionCraftiness so we can all have a moment.
Ideas for Turkish Eggs
- Add spinach to the onion sauce
- Serve with Chutney
- Tomatoes would be a great addition too
- Add sweet peppers to the onion sauce
- Garnish with scallions, chives, fresh herbs or cracked black pepper
- Serve with pita or Naan
Aleppo Pepper is a mild chile pepper similar to paprika. It has bigger flakes and a slightly smokey component. I love to use it because of its taste and mildness of it compared to red pepper flakes or cayenne. I feel like I can control the heat easier with this pepper.
It is also known as Pul Biber and is commonly used in Middle Eastern cooking. You can certainly use paprika but I highly encourage you to add this to your culinary arsenal, you will love it.
Do you want to explore more egg dishes you probably never heard of?
- Wikipedia has a list of egg dishes.
- Bon Appetit has an article, 83 Egg Recipes That We Always Crave.
- There is Creamy French Scrambled eggs by yours truly.
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