Gozleme is one of the most famous Turkish pastries known by tourisits visiting our country. How has it become that famous? Local people make and sell it at almost all tourist attractions. You can see them everywhere you visit in Turkey. It doesn’t matter where you go, it could be a historical place, beach or a plateau. You can even find gozleme at roadside restaurants when your bus has a break.
Local people don’t need to have a restaurant for this. Just a stand and fire will be enough for them. It’s not surprising to see women making gozleme even at the back of a pickup truck. They generally use a very thin iron plate on fire to bake pastries. You can see it behind the local woman in the post titled Gozleme Woman. It works with electricity and very practical. People use wood fire in villages and gozleme baked on it is absolutely more tasty.
It has several fillings from minced meat to cheese, you can create your own filling too. It is generally made savory, but I’ve tasted a gozleme filled with cream and honey once at a roadside restaurant. It wasn’t so bad, but my choice is always savory ones. We generally have it with cold ayran or Turkish tea.
We filled ours with a mixture of goat cheese and herbs like fennel, parsley and scallion. Also, we used whole wheat flour unlike local people, so ours is more brownish.
If you feel lazy to make dough yourself, you can use phyllo pastry (yufka) for an easy gozleme. See it here.