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Jan 21
Friday

Istanbul Eats Cooks: Zübeyir’s Eggplant Smokeout

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Editor’s note: As much as we love eating out, sometimes nothing can beat a home-cooked meal. But recently we started thinking about killing two birds with one stone and learning how to make at home dishes from some of our favorite Istanbul restaurants. With that in mind, we are happy to present “Istanbul Eats Cooks,” a new feature that will showcase recipes straight from the kitchens of restaurants reviewed on our site and in our book. Stay tuned in the coming weeks and months for more recipes.

For years, we’ve been praising Zübeyir Usta – the ever-smiling grill master at Zübeyir, one of our all-time favorite spots – for his intoxicating mashed roasted eggplant dip (seen above), a simple dish that still manages to hit a whole number of complex yet very satisfying notes. The dish’s name, közde patlıcan, or “eggplants over coals,” is true to that smoky flavor that only a good charcoal fire can deliver.

Recently, Zübeyir Usta invited us behind the grill and then into the kitchen for a tutorial and we are happy to present what we learned. Continue…


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1 response - Posted 01.03.11
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no responses - Posted 11.24.10
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7 responses - Posted 11.12.10
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İnciraltı: Meyhane Time Machine
1 response - Posted 08.30.10
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Büyükada Hi-Lo
11 responses - Posted 07.19.10
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8 responses - Posted 07.09.10
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no responses - Posted 06.14.10
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1 response - Posted 06.11.10
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3 responses - Posted 05.14.10
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