Turkish Finger Foods and Easy Recipes

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Turkish finger foods has become a customary culture in Turkey. you can see more especially in İstanbul, Adana, Hatay and Gaziantep cities. In Turkey, pide has replaced the doner pizza in the place of hamburgers. We are proud to offer you the best of Turkish food in Las Vegas with our rich Turkish cuisine menu. Now I will tell you how to make the recipe for chicken shawarma and beef shawarma, which is the most polular snack in Turkey, at home.

1- Chicken Shawarma

Turkish Finger Foods Chicken shawarma is one of my favorite street food in Turkey. You may or may not be familiar with it, so let’s start with what is chicken shawarma.

Chicken Shawarma
Chicken Shawarma

What is Chicken Shawarma?

Traditional Turkish Finger Foods shawarma is basically well marinated chicken, placed in a vertical steakhouse or where it is slowly fried for days – in its own juice and fat – until it is perfectly soft and extra tasty! To serve, the co-owner typically shaves a layer of shawarma out of spit and puts it in a pocket of pita, liven it up with tahini sauce, and piles it on piles of fresh sauce!

I’m telling you, Chicken shawarma is the essence of seductive Turkish delicacies. And the good news is that I’ll tell you about an easy way to make it at home with the same authentic flavors.

How to make chicken shawarma at home (Step by Step Recipe)

1-2 Person 20 minutes cooking, 20 minutes preparation

The secret to a delicious chicken shawarma is in the shawarma spice mix Including hot spices like cumin, coriander, black pepper, turmeric, Thyme, paprika and a pinch of paprika. SO DELICIOUS!

Ingredients for chicken shawarma Recipe

  • 4 chicken drumsticks (hip)
  • 1 onion (grated)
  • 2 cloves of garlic (grated)
  • 2 tablespoons of yogurt (without water)
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of thyme
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt

To fry;

  • 2 tablespoons of oil
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  1. The chickens are thoroughly washed, separated from their skin and bones with a knife and cleaned. If you wish, you can request this procedure from your town or you can buy skinless and boneless chicken legs.
  2. Grated onion juice is squeezed into a bowl. The garlic (only water will be used) and other sauce ingredients (yogurt, olive oil and spices) are added and mixed.
  3. Cleaned chickens are covered with sauce and kept in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours.
  4. Then it is put on the stretch film overlapping and wrapped tightly.
  5. It is frozen in the freezer for 1 day. If you do not have time, it is enough to wait 6 hours.
  6. It is thinly sliced ​​half an hour after removing it from the freezer.
  7. It is fried in butter melted with oil in a pan, turning it occasionally, over medium heat.
  8. Our delicious chicken shawarma is ready to be served. You can either make a wrap with lavash or eat a spoonful of rice. You can serve it with salad and buttermilk.
  • You can also make chicken breast meat if you wish. But shawarma made with chicken drumsticks becomes more delicious and softer.
  • If you cut the shawarma thick, it will not brown well, if you cut it very thinly, it will be crispy and dry. Ideally, it should be of medium thickness.
  • While cooking, I cook in 2 times. If your pan is too big, you can cook them all at once.

What are Chicken shawarma Recipe Tips?

  • If you want a soft chicken shawarma you should do it with chicken drumsticks.
  • In order to cut your chicken shawarma comfortably, you should keep it in the fridge for at least 6 hours.
  • You should cut your chicken shawarma kebab in medium thickness, otherwise it will not be fully cooked if you cut it too thin and dry thick.
  • You can store the chicken shawarma you have prepared in the freezer for 1 month.

2- Beef Shawarma

Turkish Finger Foods Beef Shawarma is a popular street food, especially in Turkey. It is made with side steak, wrapped in lavash bread. Served with onion salad and garlic sauce

Beef Shawarma
Beef Shawarma

What is Shawarma?

This is basically a street food classic consisting of beef heavily marinated with olive oil, onion juice and spices, cooked on a rotary stove and then shaved for sandwiches. Turkish finger foods shawarma is one of the most popular street food in the world, but it is particularly popular in Turkey. It can be served on an accompaniment plate or, more commonly, in a sandwich or wrap.

How to make beef shawarma at home (Step by Step Recipe)

2-4 People 15 minutes cooking, 10 minutes preparation

Ingredients for Homemade Meat Doner Recipe Like Ready Made

  • 300 grams of beef
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 pinch of thyme
  • 1 pinch of dried rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons of oil
  • 1 teaspoon of ground red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • Lavash pita to make a wrap

or this delicious and healthy meat doner, I used the meat I put in the freezer during. After I took the meat out of the freezer, I waited for it to thaw a little. However, it is very important not to defrost the meat too much at this point because we have to cut the meat into very thin leaves and it is easier to do this when the meat is still icy. We take the finely chopped meat in a bowl and grate 1 onion on it. Grating the onion allows it to release its juice, allowing it to penetrate the meat more. We crush 2 cloves of garlic and add it to the meat. Adding oil and spices, we mix it by hand. We put the meats we have prepared in a bag in the mixing bowl and put them in the refrigerator to rest and absorb the marinating thoroughly. If you have time, it will be great if you rest it in the refrigerator for 5-6 hours.

When the resting process is over, we take our meats in a non-stick pan heated without adding oil. However, it is important that the ceiling is well warmed. Since we already use oil in marinating meats, there is no need to add oil to the pan again.
We turn the meats in the pan quickly over medium heat. The meats will cook right away, there is no need to hold them in the pan and harden them too much. When the meat turns brown and slightly browned in places, we add half a tablespoon of butter to the pan and mix it like this. You can cover the bottom of the pan when you add the butter.
If you want to make a wrap, you can use heated lavash bread.

I prepared a salad with lettuce, tomatoes, peppers and lots of onions to use in the wrap, with just a little olive oil added. It turns into lavash breads and I put it in lots of salad and we ate it with pleasure. It was no different from ready-made doner with a delicious buttermilk beside it. Of course, it is also an effort to be healthy and clean :)))
I definitely recommend you to try it, you will love it.
Bon appetit to all of you, and I wish you healthy days.

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