BIBER CACIGI –Pepper and Yogurt Spread

Adapted from Musa Dagdeviren, as presented at the 2008 World of Flavors Conference

A simple and delicious appetizer or relish from the master Turkish chef. Serve with toasted pita, as meze or as a side-dish with grilled meat and poultry.

Makes about 4 1/2 cups (Serves 8-10)

7  Sweet peppers
3 Hot peppers (Serrano type)
10 Garlic cloves, crushed
Salt to taste
1 cup Extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup mild red wine vinegar
A bunch of fresh mint, chopped
2.2 lb (1.200 grams) thick yogurt, preferably from goat’s milk

Roast the peppers over a flame or under the broiler. Peel the skin off and remove the seeds. Chop them finely.

Add the crushed garlic and salt and mix well. Add the olive oil and vinegar.

Let the mixture sit for 1 hour; add the mint and then fold in the yogurt, mix and serve.


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