Recipe: Traditional Turkish Gozleme with Lamb & Spinach filling

Published Wednesday, Oct 16 2013, 19:30 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Gozleme is a traditional Turkish pastry that can be stuffed with various savoury fillings. This is usually served as breakfast in Turkey but we reckon it would made the perfect lunch or as a dinner served alongside rice and fresh salad.

This particular recipe is filled with juicy lamb mince, fresh spinach and chopped peppers and onions. If you are a veggie, simply swap the meat for some feta cheese.


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  • Filo pastry – 6 medium thickness sheets for 6 Gozleme parcels
  • 300g mincemeat (lamb or beef – substitute with feta cheese & parsley for a vegetarian option)
  • 200g Spinach
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Grated cheddar cheese (optional)


1 Heat the olive oil in a frying pan, add the onions, fry and stir occasionally until light brown on a medium/low heat.

2 Add the meat and chopped pepper, fry until medium brown, stirring occasionally.

3 When cooked add the spinach for a final minute until it reduces to blend with the meat. For the vegetarian option crumble the feta with chopped parsley in a bowl.

4 Lay out the filo pastry in 6 inch square sheets, if the pastry is of the very thin kind use two sheets.

5 Place your filling in the centre, spread out thinly in a square shape. Then fold the four sides in, covering the filling completely, using a little water, brushed on, to help seal them. Grate a little cheddar cheese on top of the filling, if you wish.

6 Fry each in 1 tablespoon of olive oil on a medium heat, on each side, until golden brown.

Prep Time

40 minutes

Cook Time

25 minutes

Nutrition Information

Makes 6

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