Defne Koryürek

In Turkey, this popular salad is often made with Tulum cheese, a ubiquitous goat-and-lamb's-milk cheese. Defne Koryürek opts to make her version using creamy fresh goat cheese sprinkled with crunchy little nigella seeds (also called black onion seeds), which add a nutty, peppery flavor. More Salad Recipes
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One of Defne Koryürek's favorite homemade sausages includes beef, lamb, red peppers and garlic; she loves eating it alongside a creamy salad of lentils, roasted peppers and sautéed pears. The recipe is also delicious when prepared with spicy, rich merguez sausage. More Middle Eastern Recipes
Grilled Beef-and-Lamb Köfte
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Because they’re small and oval-shaped, Turkey’s köfte are like a cross between a meatball and a hamburger. These köfte, which master butcher Veysel Direk makes at Dükkan butcher shop, are juicy and simply flavored with onion and parsley. Plus:  Beef Recipes