Gozleme Flatbreads with Spinach and Cheese

These delicious stuffed flat breads are made with a variety of fillings. My favourites are spinach with cheese, and minced/ground meat with onions. Gozleme is cooked on a hot griddle and being a popular street food, there are always gozleme stalls in markets and cafes. Enjoy gozleme with a glass of Turkish tea, cay, or our traditional yoghurt drink, ayran.

This recipe is for dear David and Claire, for their love of Turkish cuisine.

 

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Turkish Flat Bread (Gozleme) with Spinach and Feta

Anatolian Flat Breads (Gozleme) with Spinach and Cheese

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 1 hr 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 45 mins
Servings 5
Calories 529 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound all-purpose flour
  • 1 packet instant dry yeast
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 
  • 2 tbsp plain yogurt
  • 1 1/4 cups warm water

For the Filling:

  • 1 cup  baby spinach
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp urkish red pepper flakes or chili flakes
  • 1 cup feta cheese
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Instructions
 

  • Combine about 3/4 cup warm water, yeast and a pinch of salt in a small bowl and stir to dissolve. Stand it in a warm place for 5 minutes or until bubbles form on the surface.
  • Sift the flour into a large bowl. Make a well in the middle and pour in the yeast, water and salt mixture, olive oil, yoghurt and the remaining warm water.
  • Using your hand, draw in the flour from the sides and work the mixture into a dough. Knead thoroughly to form a soft dough. If it gets sticky, have a little olive oil in your hands to shape the dough.
  • Divide the dough into 5 pieces, knead and roll into balls. Place the balls on a floured surface, cover with a damp cloth and leave to rest for 1 hour, or until the dough is doubled in size.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the filling. Chop the washed spinach leaves roughly. Knead the onions, spinach, olive oil and red pepper flakes for a few minutes. Stir in the feta cheese and combine well.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out each of the balls of the dough with a rolling pin into thin, flat rounds, about 16in diameter. Sprinkle a little flour as you roll the dough so that the dough won’t stick. Roll until you achieve a thin sheet of a flat round.
  • Fold the top and bottom sides of the dough in a way for the edges to meet in the middle. Spread about 2 ½ tablespoons filling into the middle part of this flat sheet. Then fold the right and left edges over the filling, making sure all the filling is safely covered. Press the edges together well to seal. Repeat the same procedure for the rest of the dough balls.
  • Heat a griddle or a non-stick pan, and brush one side of the gozleme with a little olive oil and place on the pan to cook for about 2-3 minutes, or until golden brown. Brush the uncooked side with a little olive oil and then flip it over. Cook for another 2-3 minutes, until golden brown. Cook the rest of the gozleme the same way.
  • Brush both cooked sides of gozleme with a little olive oil - this will keep the gozleme moist. You can either roll the gozleme to serve, or you can cut in halves or quarters.
  • Afiyet Olsun (means ‘May you be happy and healthy with this food you eat”).

Nutrition

Calories: 529kcalCarbohydrates: 74gProtein: 15gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 356mgPotassium: 215mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 816IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 186mgIron: 5mg
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4 Comments

  1. Sandy February 20, 2019 at 6:53 pm - Reply

    What size onion? Again, you need to be specific when you’re sharing cross-culturally, please

  2. Sandy February 20, 2019 at 6:41 pm - Reply

    This has a promise of being very delicious, however, here’s a few thoughts.. what temperature should pan be? When i put damp cloth on rising dough, it stuck. Maybe saran wrap would be better. When you’re giving a recipe cross-culturally, be mindful we dont just magically understand. Be very thorough with directions. It tasted delicious, but there was alot of dough. Did you use all of the dough or freeze part of it? I don’t wish to be critical; I really want to make this recipe work for me. ThanQ

  3. Sandy February 20, 2019 at 5:18 pm - Reply

    Are you sure it’s a pound of flour?

    • Azmir May 3, 2022 at 3:21 am - Reply

      Weeshed sandy

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