Turkish-style beef cake

Turkish-style beef cake

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  • 4
  • Easy
  • 15 minutes
  • 20 minutes
  • Woolworths Nederburg Winemaster’s Reserve Grenache 2013
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  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 4 T olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 T baharat
  • 2 free-range eggs
  • 1/4 cup thick plain yoghurt
  • 130 g bulgur wheat
  • 2 T parsley chopped
  • 1 T oregano
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 500 g free range beef mince
  • sumac, for sprinkling
  • thick plain yoghurt, for serving
  • lemony rice, for serving

Cooking Instructions

Fry the onion in 2 T olive oil until soft and golden. Stir in the garlic and baharat and cook for 2 minutes.

Meanwhile, beat the eggs with the yoghurt. Stir the bulgur wheat, herbs and seasoning into the egg- and-yoghurt mixture. Allow to stand while the onion cooks and cools. Add the cooled onion and the beef mince and mix together.

Heat the remaining oil in a non-stick pan, about 20 cm in diameter. Add the mince mixture, patting it down to form a flat cake. Cook over a medium to low heat for 5 minutes, or until nicely browned.

Invert onto a suitable plate and slide back into the pan, adding a little more oil if necessary, to brown the other side. The meat should be moist. Sprinkle with sumac, slice into wedges and serve with yoghurt and lemony rice.

Phillippa Cheifitz Recipe by: Phillippa Cheifitz
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Regular TASTE contributor Phillippa is a well-known South African author and food writer, and has won many awards, both for her magazine features and her cookbooks.

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