If you are looking for an easy recipe that is budget-friendly, we have it. Namely, Menemen.
Menemen is a traditional Turkish dish that includes eggs, tomatoes, green peppers, and spices. It is cooked in olive oil or sunflower oil with the option of adding white cheese and charcuterie products such as sucuk or pastirma. Menemen may be made with onions, but the addition of onions is often debated.
This traditional Turkish breakfast dish is served with bread.
Budget-Friendly | Easy | Quick
PREP TIME: 5 mins
COOK TIME: 25 mins
Go Turkish by using Sucuk, which is quite a spicy and rather dry sausage. Sucak is a traditional ingredient in Menemen.
For a South African twist… I used 6 tablespoons of chutney and small beef sausages (instead of Sucuk which I could not find at the time). The quantity of beef sausages depends on your personal preference.
As a norm, I am not big on breakfasts. I know, it’s very unhealthy. I am working at changing my not-so-approving-non-breakfast habits.
But, not when I travel. Then I have no trouble enjoying a hearty breakfast! I just love having breakfast on holiday. Number one, because I have the time. And number two, because I enjoy the different breakfast cuisine from around the world. And Turkish cuisine is one of the most varied breakfasts I’ve had the pleasure to enjoy.
It is not uncommon to find soup as part of your breakfast. The very first time I saw soup on a breakfast menu was in Mexico. I could not believe serving soup so early in the morning, and a very decent portion too! Apparently, soup is a comfort breakfast food after an evening of indulging in good wine.
Bread comes with almost every meal, and so it does with breakfast too. A selection of two to three types in a breadbasket is not uncommon.
The Turkish has Kaymak, which is quite similar to clotted cream. Do yourself one big favor and spread it with honey on a slice of fresh bread. Delish! That’s all I can say.
Add a cheese (for instance, beyaz peynir and kaşar) platter with some olives and tomatoes, cucumbers, boiled eggs, homemade jams, and honey, and you already have a meal on its own. Sometimes fresh cucumber is replaced with a spread of cucumber, yogurt, and dill. The spread alone is something I can live on all day long.
However, be careful not to indulge too much because there are more to come! Such as the hearty Menemen, today’s recipe.
After breakfast, tea is traditional.
Because Turkey’s population is mostly Muslim, pork is not on the menu.
Indulge in Turkish Cuisine as you learn the secrets. Start with this easy recipe and get a good cookbook for your journey in the culinary world.