[Food Series] How NOT to make Turkish Meat Pie (Kıymalı Börek)

So I have been trying for the last few weeks to get a family recipe from our cousin for Kıymalı Börek, otherwise known as Turkish Meat Pie. He is, understandably preoccupied with the imminent arrival of their first child, so I emailed his wife. I knew they each have their own recipe. One is a variation of my mother-in-law's and the other is a quicker stove top version preferred by my almost 9-month-pregnant cousin-in-law.

Mistake #1: I allowed my "chef" ego to reassure me that I could simply adapt the stove top recipe to the oven. Easy Peasy! Not.

Mistake #2: I forgot to buy eggs. Brain Fart.

Mistake #3: I haphazardly plopped down the yogurt mixture instead of separating the layers of phyllo and carefully brushing the mixture through all of the layers. Doofus.

Mistake #4: I didn't consider the size of the pan I would be using, so the amount of ground beef filling that I had on hand to spread throughout was very sparse. Seriously.

Mistake #5: I decided, above all, to make this, for the first time, on an evening when we had to get out of the house by 6:30 pm to make it to a summer concert. Really. REALLY? Yes. Really.

The good news is: It was edible!

The good(er) news is: I will try it again, learning from my silly mistakes and I'll share it with you all then!


  1. Please do figure this out!! Yum

  2. Not only was it edible, but it was actually delicious. May be it was not kıymalı börek, but it was still a delish dish!

  3. I'd totally eat that! It's looks delicious to me :)

  4. That actually looks real good! I have often improvised when i was overwhelmed with silly kitchen mishaps! Found you in Triberr Erinn http://www.3sonshavei.com/


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