You may think it is not a good idea to cook meat in Summer as it is not light like vegetables. But I can tell you that if you cook it in this way, it is not heavy either. We cooked it not only because we love meat but also because we had guests for dinner yesterday. And in our culture if you have guests, you can not just serve a vegetable dish. Even if you cook vegetable, it must be accompanied by meat. Serving meat is a way of showing importance to guests. The reason may go back to our history, to our ancestors. Meat was the main source of food for them. Livestock production was very popular and a great source of income for people. So it was easy to find meat then, it wasn’t an expensive food as it is now. Moreover, it is said that people were as strong as giants as a result of consuming high amount of meat. Although we aren’t that strong now, almost all people here are meat fans. You hardly see a Turkish person who doesn’t like meat. I sometimes wonder if love of meat among Turkish people is hereditary?
Rice is one of the most common side dishes that we serve with meat. And if there is no sauce on meat, if it’s plain, it is traditionally served on top of rice.
You can find the rice pilaf recipe here, just omit currants for this one.
Pilav Üstü Et
A fresh shepherd’s salad goes perfect with this traditional dish.
- Meat Topping
- 500g beef, cut in cubes
- ½ cup hot water
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- Black pepper to taste
- ½ tsp thyme
- Put beef cubes in a pot and cook it on medium heat until it releases its water and absorbs it back.
- Add ½ cup hot water and cook on low heat until tender. A
- Add chopped onion, olive oil, salt, black pepper, thyme and stir.
- Saute it about 5 minutes stirring occasionally until onions are finely cooked.
- Serve it in our traditional way, wet a small bowl.
- Fill it with rice pressing on the top, turn it upside down on a plate and put the well cooked beef cubes on it.