Ocakbaşı is a well-established food culture that dates back to Ottoman times. This tradition, which started with the lack of space when the masters around Adana and Hatay shared their meals with their customers, became an indispensable culture of Turkish cuisine. When we want to host guests, have a good time with our friends, or celebrate an important day with our family, we can say that there are Ocakbasi among our reliable addresses.
The must-have appetizers of the Ocakbaşı culture
Almost every region of our geography has its different appetizers. We can say that the common point of appetizers, which are frequently consumed in our country, is aubergine and yogurt as a natural reflection of the Mediterranean cuisine. Of course, considering both the additional ingredients and cooking techniques used, each appetizer is different. If you want, let's get to know the indispensable appetizers of the Ocakbasi culture.
Grilled eggplant, an appetizer that is true to its name, is usually served with yogurt mixed with yogurt or tomatoes and peppers cooked in embers. In some regions, tahini or cheese can be combined with yogurt instead.
Blarney appears as both the main course and an appetizer. It is consumed in both ways in the Mediterranean geography. It is prepared with additional products such as tomatoes, parsley, and onions added to boiled, dried beans.
Haydari is an appetizer made with various spices mixed in yogurt and plenty of garlic. Do not be fooled by the fact that it is easy to prepare; a haydari prepared with well-chosen and ideally used spices can give you a feast of taste.
Humus, which is a Middle Eastern appetizer, is widely consumed in the Hatay region. Prepared with boiled chickpeas, spices, olive oil, and tahini, Humus is one of the favorite flavors of the Ocakbaşı culture. It can be consumed alone or as a main dish as a wrap by rubbing it in lavash.
Shakshouka, the favorite meze of the Mediterranean, is known as an eggplant-focused dish or appetizer. While preparing Şakşuka, tomatoes, onions, peppers, and tomato paste are cooked with lots of olive oil. The shakshouka trick is not to leave the eggplants raw but not to cook them to the point that they crumble.
Circassian chicken, which is made with chicken breast and is very popular in our country, is prepared by cooking chicken breast with walnuts or flour. Chicken and walnuts are passed together through a robot or finely chopped, so the chicken, which has a paste-like consistency, is served with a sauce with garlic and olive oil.
This appetizer, which gets full marks even for those who do not like celery, is prepared by mixing grated celery with yogurt and spices. Let us remind you that celery is usually kept in orange or lemon before salads are prepared for those who love sour flavors.
Unlike other appetizers, Albanian liver, which is usually served hot, is made from beef or chicken liver. Traditionally made with only spices, parsley, and onions, this appetizer can sometimes be served with potatoes or eggplant.
Indispensable Dishes of Ocakbasi Culture
Kebab varieties and grills are undoubtedly among the indispensable dishes of the Ocakbasi.
Considering that the Ocakbaşı culture originates in regions such as Adana, Gaziantep, and Hatay, where meat and especially kebab derivatives have an important place, it is not surprising that one of the most magnificent parts of the menus is kebabs.
One of the indispensable main dishes of the Ocakbasi menus is a grill. Grilled dishes with dozens of different versions such as meatballs, chicken wings, chicken legs, chicken skewers, lamb skewers, and liver skewers are frequently consumed in our country and various countries. These dishes are usually served with roasted onions or tomatoes.
After eating our delicious dishes on our appetizers, it is time for dessert. One of the most beautiful desserts of the Ocakbaşı culture is künefe with its thin kadayıf and cheese that comes with a fork. Kunefe Ocakbaşı, one of the traditional desserts of Hatay, often takes the first place in the dessert menu of the restaurants. It is usually served with peanuts on top, generally with cream or ice cream.
The Grill Ocakbaşı
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