Friday, 27 November 2009


We love gozlemes. We first tasted them on a trip to Sydney where the markets have a stall that makes the most spectacular gozlemes. We have missed them up here in Brisbane where there is no substitute. Then a stall at a local farmers' market started selling them too, but while they were tasty but they weren't quite as good as the Sydney ones.

Then we tried making them at home, complete with homemade dough. They were really good, but we had to stop comparing everything to the Sydney gozlemes.

The next time we had a gozleme craving, I was lazy and used tortillas in place of making my own dough. This made the final sandwich a little crispier than it should have been, but it saved an awful lot of time which makes this a really easy weeknight dinner.

I tweaked the mince mixture a little bit after being inspired by a recipe in the Woman's Day Marvellous Mince and More cookbook which I picked up cheap at a newsagent. The last time I added some tinned tomatoes to my mince mixture, this time I used some feta stirred through after cooking. I think this version is much closer to the spicy meat mix you get in the gozlemes from the market.

Easy Gozlemes
adapted from The Woman's Day Marvellous Mince and More cookbook

1 tbs oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crused
1 tbs ground cumin
1 tsp paprika (hot or mild)
1 tbs sumac
1 tsp chilli flakes
500g beef mince
200g feta, crumbled
flour tortillas

Heat oil in a large frying pan over a high heat.

Add the onions and garlic and fry until soft. Add spices and cook for 1 minute.

Add the mince and fry, stirring, until cooked.

Transfer mixture to a bowl and cool for 10 minutes. Stir through the feta cheese. Season to taste.

Heat up a sandwich press.

Spoon filling evenly over a tortilla and top with another tortilla. Cook in the sandwich press until browned and crisp.

Serve with lemon wedges.


  1. I'm in LA and I have the same problem that there is no gozleme here! Not like in Sydney. I googled if I could use tortillas and your site came up. Hilarious!!
    Is that my only option? Because making the dough is labour intensive.

  2. I've been happy with the tortilla idea so I really haven't tried anything else, I'm sorry. If you find something you like, let me know!