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Published October 31st 2014
This Turkish delight packs a bite and tastes alright
Looking for a genuine savoury Turkish pastry then look no further than Ozzie Gözleme. Ozzie Gözleme is a pop-up food marquee that has a regular stand on Friday lunchtimes outside the Pilgrim Uniting Church on Flinders Street in the City as well as at numerous food events in and around the greater city of Adelaide.
Gözleme is a savoury traditional Turkish pastry dish, made of hand-rolled dough that is lightly brushed with butter and eggs, filled with various toppings, sealed, and cooked over a griddle or BBQ plate. At Ozzie Gözleme the traditional fillings offered include :
The vegetarian gözleme is described as "fresh spinach, assorted herbs, melted cheddar and feta, with local pumpkin, mushroom and zucchini in a crisp Turkish pastry hot off the grill". It arrives and I take the offering of a side serve of chilli sauce and a lemon to go with the gözleme.
The first slice confirms to me that the grill was in fact very hot, as the slice was a little too warm to handle. Once I get past that minor inconvenience, the taste test beckons. The pastry is thin and resembles a pancake, and has been cooked with very little oil thus providing a nice crispy texture. A slice on its own enables the vegetable flavours to flow through, while a slice with lemon provides a tangy balance. The slice with chilli re-confirms the definition of hot - this homemade chilli sauce certainly has a bite!
The gözleme is a great dish that is probably slightly oversized for a lunch, and perhaps undersized for a mail meal. Overall it is a very nice dish that allows the flavours of the fillings to breathe, and tempt many other passers-by.
Ozzie Gözleme regularly appears outside the Pilgrim Uniting Church on Fridays from 11am to 2pm. Ozzie Gözleme also makes other appearances at several other food festivals around the City. For details of future locations, please check their facebook page.