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Gözleme – Eating traditional Turkish food

Looking for a mouthgasm and want to try traditional Turkish food? Look no further than Gözleme. A thin pastry outer shell with savoury inner goodness.

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Gözleme traditional Turkish Food

Traditional Turkish food. It makes me salivate just thinking about it. Turkish delight, Kebabs (not the greasy fat dripping kebabs at 3am that are half squished into your pillow the next morning after a heavy drinking session kebab) and Gözleme.

Oh Gözleme how I miss you.

Gözleme traditional Turkish Food

Crunching through your thin pastry outer shell to discover the savoury inner goodness. Who would have thought something so simple would equate to such a taste explosion.

Cue mouthgasm.

What are Gözleme

The name, Gözleme, derives from the Turkish word göz meaning eye. And when you cook the pastry tiny brown spots dot the outer layer apparently resembling eyes. Or so we were led to believe.

To cook them traditionally takes quite a lot of skill, and while my cooking abilities with a rolling pin are half decent, I don’t think I could master this pastry rolling out process.

Gözleme traditional Turkish Food

While at the local markets in Fethiye we sat down for an afternoon snack at the Gözleme stall. There is something hypnotic about watching the older Turkish women work away like mad over the large circular cooking stone. They had it down to a fine art.

When the fresh ball of pastry is rolled out to resemble a crepe or pancake, it is thrown over the baking hot girdle. Handfuls of spinach and feta, or mince and potatoes or even sweet nutella are then spread across half the Gözleme.

Folding the sides up to cover the delicious fillings the pastry is flipped over to cook evenly.

Gözleme traditional Turkish Food

By the end you have a super cheap mouth-watering snack that oozes the sweet and savoury mix inside. Absolutely divine.

Plus you can just pick it up with your hands and devour it.

Since Gözleme has become so popular with tourists they are no longer just a local market delicacy. We even saw them in most of the restaurants in Istanbul. Although for about five times the price.

No matter where you are in Turkey, Gözleme are a must try for anyone wanting to experience traditional Turkish food. And bring one back me!

Have you been to Turkey? What’s your favourite traditional Turkish food?

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  1. Laurence

    August 24, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    I haven’t been to Turkey, but I’m yet to see a post that paints a bad picture, so it’s on the list to visit! Also, great use of the term mouthgasm. Must make the effort to integrate that into a future post 😉

    • Cole Burmester

      August 24, 2012 at 1:43 PM

      I’m not going to lie, I stole it off a review from Yelp I saw 🙂

  2. Jess | GlobetrotterGirls

    August 24, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    Absolutely can not wait for Turkey, though at this point can’t speculate as to when we will finally get there. This food looks amazing – spinach and feta and the nutella – on of each please!

    • Cole Burmester

      August 29, 2012 at 8:25 AM

      We only explored a very small part of it and need to go back to Cappadocia, which I have heard is incredible. If you go then definitely do a Sail Turkey cruise 🙂

  3. ehalvey

    August 24, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    Drooooool. I never saw Gozleme in Istanbul or at any of the Turkish restaurants around here, but I.want.one.now.

    It looks like lahmacun and a crepe had a love child.

    • Cole Burmester

      August 29, 2012 at 8:27 AM

      Oooohhhh have never heard of lahmacun so had to google it! YUM! Definitely want one of those now.

  4. Turkish Thyme

    August 25, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Guys

    make your own and you wont need to go to Turkey. Check out recipes for a huge variety.

    Bon Apetit!

  5. Karen @ Trans-Americas Journey

    August 25, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    Sometimes I think we travel around the world lead by our stomachs. Not that there’s anything wrong with that….

    Can’t spell it. Can’t pronounce it. But this Turkish stuff looks delightful!

    • Cole Burmester

      August 29, 2012 at 8:31 AM

      It is one of the only reasons we travel Karen. We hear of a food somewhere and have to find it 🙂 You guys must get so many delicacies around Central and South America.

  6. Tom @ Waegook Tom

    August 26, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    I actually first tried gozleme in a restaurant in Goreme, Cappadocia! I never saw them selling them in Fethiye, which is a shame as the local market experience looks pretty cool. You’re right about Turkish food being divine – I think my favourite was the Ayvalik toast, a toasted sandwich filled with tomato, sausage, lettuce, pickle, fries (!) and then slathered with sauce. Mmmmm….

    • Cole Burmester

      August 29, 2012 at 8:34 AM

      The markets were quite hard to find. We need to go back to Turkey just to visit Cappadocia as we ran out of time on our last trip. And to get ourselves some Ayvalik toast! YUM.

  7. Hayley

    August 26, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    I agree with Laurence – show me a bad review or even a bad photo of Turkey! Your photos are brilliant by the way, make my mouth water 🙂 Turkey is definitely high on my list of places to visit!

    • Cole Burmester

      August 29, 2012 at 8:35 AM

      Thanks Hayley. It feels a bit like cheating when people say we take good photos when it is so beautiful and hard not too 🙂

  8. Turtle

    August 27, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    Yum! I’m in Turkey at the moment and you’re right about the food – so good! I’m going to have a gozleme tomorrow, in your honour! 🙂

  9. Jeremy Branham

    August 27, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    Never been to Turkey but hope to go one day. I’ve eaten Greek food and I think there are some similarities. The Gozleme looks delicious. Definitely a food I would enjoy trying!

    • Cole Burmester

      August 29, 2012 at 8:38 AM

      We haven’t been to Greece but it is high on our list. Any of those countries in that area have such fresh, delicious and homemade food. Can’t get better than that.

  10. Arti

    August 28, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    This looks so much similar to the ‘Chilla’ that is so famous here in India!! I just love it, this is mouth watering. Its vegetarian na because Chilla is a vegetarian delicacy?

    • Cole Burmester

      August 29, 2012 at 8:44 AM

      Never heard of Chilla but looks delicious too. You can have meat in Gozleme so not strictly vegetarian but it can be.

  11. Mary @ Green Global Travel

    August 28, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    oh yum! I shouldn’t be reading this post right before lunch. I’m going to wrap some spinach & feta in a whole wheat wrap and pretend……

    • Cole Burmester

      August 29, 2012 at 8:45 AM

      Good alternative Mary 🙂 I usually do my post reading around breakfast and feels wrong to crave some of the foods I see at 8am 😉

  12. D.J. - The World of Deej

    August 28, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    So I may just steal the term “mouthgasm” and since you stole it, I figured it was OK:)

    • Cole Burmester

      August 29, 2012 at 8:53 AM

      It is going to be the new catchphrase of 2012 I think.

  13. Natalie

    August 29, 2012 at 7:43 AM

    Potato and spinach gozleme is the best!!

  14. Angela

    August 29, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    I absolutely LOVE Turkish food, when I was in Shanghai I used to go very often to an excellent Turkish restaurant, it was like a fixed date 😛

  15. Darrin

    August 29, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    This entry captures the freshness of Turkish food that my wife and I enjoyed last year in Turkey. Do you find it hard to spare a moment to take pics of wonderful food like that when all you want to do is chow down? That’s my problem. 🙂

    I miss the lahmacuns, although I can find them here in NYC for about twice the price. Grilled barbuns (red mullets) are available in Astoria, Queens, but they don’t taste fresh the way they do in Turkey.

  16. Ali

    August 30, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    I don’t think we tried this while we were in Turkey, but I sure did enjoy the food there! One of my favorite cuisines now that we’ve actually been to Turkey. It’s probably 90% of why I want to go back!

  17. Justin (Lotus Artichoke)

    September 1, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Yes. Yes, please. Now I want to go back to Turkey. We find plenty of really decent Turkish food here in Berlin (massive Turkish population) but the food in Turkey itself is even better. Hmm, just remembered that there is an excellent Turkish Gözleme food truck at the Mauerpark fleamarket. Might need to stop by tomorrow!

  18. cheryl

    September 2, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    Oh god! Looks so so so good. I haven’t been to Turkey as of yet but I really want to go, especially when I could eat food like this.

  19. Stephanie - The Travel Chica

    September 3, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    I spent one night in Istanbul during a cruise, and the food was fantastic! But I couldn’t tell you the name of a single dish I ate 🙂

  20. Gay Travel Herald

    September 6, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    I’ll be back in Turkey in October, I’ll have to keep my eyes out for some gözleme while I’m there. thanks for the heads up.

  21. EarthDrifter

    September 12, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    I love all things that resemble crepes and pancakes. I’ll be seeking out Gözleme in Riyadh.

    • Cole Burmester

      September 13, 2012 at 4:43 PM

      Good stuff! They are very very very delicious 😉

  22. Alexandra

    September 25, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    Gozleme was my favorite food find in Turkey other than the BEST HUMMUS OF MY LIFE! Seriously, I know bold statement but it is true. It was in Gazientep from a cafe that had been making the stuff for hundreds of years with warm brown butter poured over it, toasted pine nuts and sumac! Oh I would love to have that plate of food in front of me again! Forget Cappadocia go back to Turkey for this plate of Hummus

    • Cole Burmester

      September 30, 2012 at 5:18 PM

      Definitely no complaints about the hummus either 🙂 But need to find that little place you went to. Sounds amazing.

  23. Annie of TravelShus

    November 19, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    its like a turkish quesadilla in all the right ways.
    amazing.

  24. Akif

    December 19, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    and i’m sure you’re gonna love it when ur visiting to dubai and rest 🙂

  25. Lauren @ roamingtheworld

    January 9, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    I just got back from Istanbul and didn’t see these. I was hoping to stumble across an open market/food stalls but that didn’t happen. then again, the friends I was with were content to stick to the tourist track and check off a lot of sights from the list… not how I typically travel but still a good experience!

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 11:33 AM

      Istanbul is wonderful for ticking off the sights though even on the tourist trail! Hopefully you get a chance to return to Turkey sometime to try Gozleme 🙂

  26. Jennifer

    September 21, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    We’ve only been to Turkey on a long layover in Istanbul. We had enough time to go to the Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, and wander around for some lunch. It was amazing. Definitely need to get back to Turkey for a proper visit.

    • Cole Burmester

      September 24, 2013 at 5:10 AM

      I need to get out towards Cappadocia and a few other places in Turkey still too!

  27. Renee - RambleCrunch

    December 18, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    My family and I spent five months in Turkey last year, and this post is bringing back memories! Besides gözleme, our favorite foods were iskandar and ripe figs. Lovely photos…sharing on Pinterest. 🙂

  28. ramiz

    June 3, 2017 at 3:20 AM

    Yeah gözleme really delicious but I know many foods from Turkish cuisine.
    They are really amazing foods can read there more about it http://tourismturkeytr.blogspot.com.tr/2017/05/most-delicious-turkish-foods.html

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