White Cheese Cream – Haydari or Tulum Peynirli Ezmesi

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Total time: 45 min



Mix white cheese with olive oil and yogurt until smooth. Mix the mint, peppers, cayenne pepper and salt into the cream and season. Transfer the white cheese mixture to a shallow oval plate and shape like a fish using the back of a knife or alternatively the back of a spoon.

To serve, dress up with black olives, fresh dill and radishes.

If you were to use spicy peppers, reduce the amount of cayenne.

Quick info about Turkish cheeses: In Turkey they use 5 main types, namely sheep cheese – Beyaz Peynir soft cheese – Lor Peyniri hard cheese – Kas~ar Peyniri hard cheese, low fat – Kas~kaval white cheese – Tulum Peyniri.

White cheese is often eaten as a snack with raki, the Turkish aniseed liquor. The white cheese matures in leather bags.

Tip: The higher the fat content in the yogurt, the more aromatic and creamy the result!

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