Date Night in Istanbul

5/5 from 5 Customers

A date night full of Eastern promise...       

SERVES: 2

25 minutes

1 hour 10 minutes

2/5

In stock
£8.67

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The Turkish city of Istanbul which lies on the border of Europe and Asia is a melting pot cultures and cuisines, making the food there some of the best in the world! To begin we’ve got sigara borek, delicious flaky cheese pastries served with a spicy pepper paste and cooling mint yogurt.

For the main event Turkey’s most famous export, the kebab (or kebap as it would be spelt there) - this version is flavoured with rich Urfa chilli flakes and is served with a delicious sumac, parsley and red onion salad. Finally, baklava, a much-loved Middle Eastern dessert made up of layers of sweet, sticky filo pastry and nuts drenched in a honey syrup flavoured with cinnamon, cardamon and rose petals.                           

Recipe

25 minutes

1 hour 10 minutes

2/5

Serves

2

Effort

High Effort

Main Ingredient

Cheese/Paneer

Main Ingredient

Mince

Taste Profile

Meal Taste

Fragrant

Origin

Popular Style

Middle Eastern

Country

Turkey

Pepper Paste Spices: red bell pepper, mild chilli flakes, urfa chilli, hot paprika, onion, chilli

Sigara Borek Spices: cumin, chives, onion, parsley, mint, black pepper

Kebab Spices: urfa chilli, black pepper, cumin, parsley, smoked paprika, allspice, cinnamon, mint, garlic

Sumac Blend: sumac, parsley, black pepper

Yogurt Blend: mint, black pepper, garlic

Baklava Ground Spices: rose, cinnamon, green cardamon, cloves

Baklava Whole Spices: green cardamon, cinnamon

Rose Petals: rose

  • 250g lamb or beef mince
  • 1 small red onion
  • 1 green pepper
  • 125g small tomatoes on the vine
  • 25g bunch of parsley
  • 1 lemon
  • 75g feta - crumbled, or halloumi - coarsely grated
  • 150g natural yogurt (Greek is best)
  • 60g butter
  • 1 egg (any size)
  • 5 sheets of filo pastry
  • 50g ground almonds
  • 75g walnuts - roughly chopped
  • 35g sugar
  • 100g honey
  • Pitta breads to serve

Product Rating (5):

5/5

Looking up holidays in Istanbul after trying this box! It was hard not to eat the kebab in one!

Nicola Ash View More

You really should try and go, it has to be one the greatest food cities in the world! (see our blog here - https://www.thespicery.com/blogs/spice-travels/stwp-1164) What you've made here looks absolutely fantastic, and really authentic (careful with that knife though.....!)

5/5

Delicious baklava and coffee/mint tea to finish off our delicious date night!

Naomi Entwistle View More

A very classy end to (hopefully!) a very delicious meal! Great to hear you enjoyed it, thanks for sharing your photo!

5/5

Brilliant date night set, really enjoyed the baclava and very easy to make

Sophie Robinson View More

I looks great! Glad you enjoyed the three course date night meal!

5/5

It’s Fri-YAY and we love our Friday Spicerh meals! Today we added some home made Pita plus all the delicious spicery recipes (lezzetli- that’s delicious in turkish - I hope!) .

Tanja Riddell View More

Sounds like the perfect Friday feast- The home made pitas look amazing as well!

5/5

This was amazing! Our baklava looked a bit of a mess but tasted great. The real star though was the red pepper sauce - absolutely delicious!

Katy Moore View More

Sounds like a brilliant evening! So glad you enjoyed the Date Night box!

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