Turkish(ish) breakfast

July 31, 2013
1 Ratings
  • Serves 1
Author Notes

When my parents went on a trip to Turkey and I heard stories of the awesome Turkish breakfasts, I got jealous and decided to make a version of my own. It's based on their descriptions of what they ate. combined with my personal preferences. —fiveandspice

What You'll Need
  • 1 large egg (or 2)
  • 1/4 cup diced cucumber
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped tomato
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chopped flat leaf parsley (optional)
  • 1 good-sized scoop (a couple Tbs.) thick (Greek-style) yogurt or labneh
  • fluffy flatbread or bread, for serving
  1. Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Add the egg and let it boil for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, remove it and run it under cold water for a few moments.
  2. While the egg is soft-boiling, stir together the cucumber, tomato, lemon juice, and olive oil with a good sprinkling of salt and pepper and the parsley, if using. Mound onto a plate and put the scoop of yogurt of labneh next to it.
  3. Peel the egg under cold running water (I find this is the only way I can get the peel off a soft-boiled egg, and even then you do have to be careful. If it seems too futsy for your morning, you can always make a fried egg instead.). Once peeled, add it to the plate.
  4. You can also add a spoonful of honey or jam next to the yogurt/labneh for spreading onto your bread. But, I skip it so that I can smash up the egg and stir the yolk and soft white together with the yogurt into the juices from the tomatoes and cucumbers. Then I eat the whole thing as a glorious mess, and use the bread to soak up the sauce.

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9 Reviews

reyhanakyurek November 7, 2021
Hi, this is not a Turkish breakfast. Turkish people do not put their breakfast in one plate. A real Turkish breakfast is a festival table.If you would like to choose one plate from this festival table, you can give the recipe of Menemen which is a egg dish, cooked with tomato and onion and Menemen is the queen of Turkish breakfast;) All the best.
aysegul September 8, 2014
not all on the same plate
Elena S. November 8, 2013
Hi,this is a very poor Turkish breakfast plate.I live in Turkey and I suggest you please write google this word: kahvalt?l?klar . You can see the real Turkish breakfast tables,ideas very rich. For breakfast ideas you can search : kahvalt?l?k tarifler.If you worry about some recipe I can send recipe,I have food blog too. I know Turkish kitchen well..
BARBARA August 14, 2013
This a very coincident that I did this Turkish breakfast without knowing this is from Turkia. its very healthy and delicious.
fiveandspice August 15, 2013
That is a funny coincidence!
meldaerbezci August 5, 2013
Looks delicious!
fiveandspice August 7, 2013
Thank you!
ellenl August 3, 2013
fiveandspice August 4, 2013