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OTTOMAN CUISINE
Ottoman cuisine is based on the culmination of Ottoman regional and ethnic dishes and technological and innovational advancement of these with new ingredients and cooking techniques. The Imperial cooks were tested and hired by their method of cooking rice, a simple dish. They were brought over from various places to experiment and invent new dishes, which first passed by the palate of the Chesnidjibashi (the imperial food taster), who tested the food for poison and taste before it was served to the Sultan. These cooks experimented with such extreme textures and ingredients. Much of Ottoman cuisine lives on in the cuisines of Anatolia (Turkish cuisine, Armenian cuisine, Cypriot cuisine), the Balkans (Greek cuisine, Bulgarian cuisine, Romanian cuisine, Macedonian cuisine, Albanian cuisine, Serbian cuisine, Bosnian cuisine), and the Middle East (Levantine cuisine, Lebanese cuisine, Syrian cuisine, Iraqi cuisine, Jordanian cuisine, and Palestinian cuisine. Some of the more extravagant dishes remained as palace specialities and have had only limited diffusion:
History
It is clear that Ottoman cuisine was unified and refined in imperial Istanbul, but its ultimate origins are less clear. It is a matter of mere speculation whether the origins of this imperial culinary legacy are to be traced back to Greek antiquity, the Byzantine heritage, or the ingenuity of the glorious Turkish and Arab nations, not forgetting Phoenician and Jewish traditions; nowadays you may find support for any of these claims in various countries in the Balkans and the Near East.


LAHMAHJOON (Lahmacun) - Armenian, Turkish pizza!

BRAISED LAMB SHANKS - These are delicious!

BRAISED LAMB SHANKS-1 - Another great recipe!

BRAISED LAMB SHANKS-2 - Yet another!

HUMMUS - Middle eastern garbanzo dip!

PRESERVED EGGPLANT - Yummy!

BAKLAVA - A Middle Eastern flaky dessert!

BEST BAKLAVA - An early Byzantine era recipe!

BEST BAKLAVA - Early Christian version!

RICE PILAF - The best basic rice pilaf ever!

THE BEST TABOOLEH - It doesn't get any better than this!

BUZZ BAXTER'S VERSION OF TABOOLEH - Another great way to make this great salad!

RED LENTIL SOUP - A favorite soup of the Middle and Near East!

LOKHOOM-TURKISH DELIGHT - The sweets of Sultans, Wazirs and Imams!

PILAKI SALAD - Middle Eastern Bean Salad!

SARMA - Lamb and rice roll up together in grape leaves!

SHISH KEBAB - Chunks of tender lamb browned on a skewer over coals!

IMAM BAYILDI - Translated into the Sultan fainted because it tastes so good!

TUTOO SOUP - I believe this is an Ottoman soup from the Lake Van region of Turkey!

MAKE YOUR OWN YOGURT - Easy and inexpensive to get dense and creamy Middle Eastern Yogurt!

FRIED CAULIFLOWER AND CARROTS - Great way to get your veggies!

TARAMA - Red Caviar spread!

TOORSHI PICKLES 1 - Ottoman pickled vegetables!

TOORSHI PICKLES 2 - Armenian pickled vegetables!

TURKISH RICE PUDDING - Rice pudding is very popular in the Middle East!

oudYALANCHI (BUZZ'S RECIPE) - Anatolian-Armenian rice stuffed grape leaves....the recipe with the freshest taste!

ZETINYAGLI YAPRAK SARMASI-1 - Grape Leaf Rolls with Olive Oi!

ZETINYAGLI YAPRAK SARMASI-2 - Grape Leaf Rolls with Olive Oi!

YOGURT CHEESE - Make your own cream cheese!

GRILLED OR FRIED HALOUMI CHEESE - A Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Favorite

YOGURT SAUCE - A wonderful sauce to compliment a myriad of dishes!

ZUCCHINI BOATS - A vegetarians delight!

ZUCCHINI STUFFED WITH FETA CHEESE AND ROASTED RED PEPPERS - Marvelous!

STUFFED ZUCCHINI - You can't get any more Mediterranean than this!

HUNKAR BEGENDI - Creamed eggplant!

YAYLA CHORBASHI - Yogurt soup!

CERKES TAVUGU - Circassian Chicken!!

YAKHNIT BAAMIEH - Oakra stew!

BAKED MANTI - Baked meat pies in yogurt sauce!

BIBER DOLMASI - Stuffed bell peppers!

CIRCASSIAN CHICKEN - Chicken with paprika and walnuts!

ETLI LAHANA DOLMASI - Stuffed cabbage rolls!

HARPUT KOFTESI - Bulgour meatballs!

ICLI KOFTI - Stuffed meatballs!

KIYMALI BEZELYE - GREEN PEAS WITH GROUND MEAT!

PICKLED FERMENTED CABBAGE - You can't get any more Mediterranean than this!

SPICY SHISH KEBAB WITH HERBS - Spicy and flavorful!

SHISH KEBAB - Buzz's take on shish kebab!




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