SERVES 6 TO 12
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Ingredients

Part 1: For the yufka dough
  • all-purpose flour,3 1⁄3,cups (1 pound), plus more if needed,
  • kosher salt,2 1⁄2,teaspoons,,mortons-kosher-salt
  • water,3/4,cup,,
  • whole milk,1/2,cup,,
  • egg,1,,lightly beaten,
  • canola oil,1/4,cup,,
  • white wine vinegar,2,tablespoons,,
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Lamb Sausage Katmer with Pistachio Yogurt

In 2014, I visited the farm of my friend chef Musa Dagdeviren outside of Istanbul, where he had recently built five replicas of ancient or antique Turkish wood-burning ovens. We made lamb tail confit katmer, or flatbreads, in one of the ovens, which inspired me to create this recipe. This style of katmer resembles the Chinese scallion pancake, using yufka, a nonyeasted dough made with milk, egg, and vinegar, which keep the dough tender. The yufka is rolled out like a tortilla and filled with a spreadable lamb sausage flavored with cumin and dried spearmint. It’s then shaped into a rope, spiraled like a serpentine, and rolled out before cooking. These are best served hot, cut into wedges with a dollop of pistachio yogurt for a very rich breakfast, brunch, or lunch. — from Soframiz by Ana Sortun and Maura Kilpatrick. Buy this book from Penguin Random House, Indiebound, or Amazon.

Reprinted with permission from Soframiz by Ana Sortun and Maura Kilpatrick, 2016. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. Photographs copyright © 2016 Kristin Teig

Written By Ana Sortun and Maura Kilpatrick | Oct 26, 2018

Ingredients

Part 1: For the yufka dough
  • all-purpose flour,3 1⁄3,cups (1 pound), plus more if needed,
  • kosher salt,2 1⁄2,teaspoons,,mortons-kosher-salt
  • water,3/4,cup,,
  • whole milk,1/2,cup,,
  • egg,1,,lightly beaten,
  • canola oil,1/4,cup,,
  • white wine vinegar,2,tablespoons,,
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Step one

Lightly flour a work surface.

Step two

To make the yufka dough, sift the flour and salt into a mixing bowl. Make a well in the middle of the flour and add the water, milk, egg, oil, and vinegar. Using your hands, draw the flour in from all sides, working the mixture until it forms a sticky ball. Turn out onto the floured surface and knead until it’s smooth and elastic, about 3 minutes. If the dough is still very sticky, add a little more flour until it stops sticking to your hands. Divide the dough in half and then divide each half into six equal pieces; you should have twelve 2-inch balls. Cover the dough with parchment paper or a clean towel and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or up to overnight.

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Part 2: For the pistachio yogurt
  • garlic,1,teaspoon,finely chopped,
  • lemon juice,1,tablespoon,freshly squeezed,
  • kosher salt,1,teaspoon,,mortons-kosher-salt
  • plain whole-milk Greek yogurt or labne,1,cup,,
  • pistachios,3/4,cup,lightly toasted and very finely chopped,california-raw-shelled-pistachios
  • fresh flat parsley leaves,2,tablespoons,chopped,
  • black pepper,,,freshly ground,malabar-peppercorns
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Ingredients

Part 2: For the pistachio yogurt
  • garlic,1,teaspoon,finely chopped,
  • lemon juice,1,tablespoon,freshly squeezed,
  • kosher salt,1,teaspoon,,mortons-kosher-salt
  • plain whole-milk Greek yogurt or labne,1,cup,,
  • pistachios,3/4,cup,lightly toasted and very finely chopped,california-raw-shelled-pistachios
  • fresh flat parsley leaves,2,tablespoons,chopped,
  • black pepper,,,freshly ground,malabar-peppercorns
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Step three

To make the pistachio yogurt, in a small mixing bowl, combine the garlic, lemon juice, and 1⁄2 teaspoon of the salt and set aside for 5 minutes to soften the raw flavor of the garlic. Whisk in the yogurt until it’s smooth, then stir in the pistachio and parsley. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside. (You can also do this in a food processor fitted with a metal blade to achieve a smoother texture and a brighter color of green.)

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Part 3: For the filling and to finish
  • ground lamb shoulder or fatty lamb,1,pound,80 to 85 percent lean,
  • ground cumin,1,teaspoon,,organic-ground-cumin
  • dried spearmint,1,teaspoon,,
  • dried oregano,1,teaspoon,,greek-dried-oregano
  • Maras pepper,1/2,teaspoon,,maras-biber
  • black pepper,1/2,teaspoon,freshly ground,malabar-peppercorns
  • Turkish red pepper paste,2,teaspoons,,tamek-tatli-biber-salcasi-pepper-paste
  • egg white,1,,,
  • green onions,2,tablespoons,finely chopped and mostly the white part,
  • Olive oil,,,for brushing,omed-olive-oil
  • Kosher salt,,,for sprinkling,
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Part 3: For the filling and to finish
  • ground lamb shoulder or fatty lamb,1,pound,80 to 85 percent lean,
  • ground cumin,1,teaspoon,,organic-ground-cumin
  • dried spearmint,1,teaspoon,,
  • dried oregano,1,teaspoon,,greek-dried-oregano
  • Maras pepper,1/2,teaspoon,,maras-biber
  • black pepper,1/2,teaspoon,freshly ground,malabar-peppercorns
  • Turkish red pepper paste,2,teaspoons,,tamek-tatli-biber-salcasi-pepper-paste
  • egg white,1,,,
  • green onions,2,tablespoons,finely chopped and mostly the white part,
  • Olive oil,,,for brushing,omed-olive-oil
  • Kosher salt,,,for sprinkling,
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Step four

To make the lamb filling, in a mixing bowl, combine the lamb, cumin, spearmint, oregano, Maras pepper, black pepper, red pepper paste, egg white, and green onion until everything is smooth and creamy. Set aside.

Step five

Lightly flour a work surface. Lightly flour a baking sheet.

Step six

Place one of the dough balls on the prepared work surface and roll out until 6 to 7 inches in diameter. Divide the lamb mixture into twelve portions, each weighing approximately 11⁄4 ounces. Place one of the lamb portions on the flatbread, flattening it out and spreading it on the dough gently without breaking or tearing the dough.

Step seven

Make a hole in the center of each yufka and roll the dough from the inside to the outside, moving around the circle so that you have a perfectly even round ring when you are finished. Cut the ring in the middle and coil it up like a serpentine. Tuck the tail into the center and place on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat the process with the remaining dough. (You can freeze the katmer at this point.)

Step eight

Roll out each serpentine to 5 inches in diameter and 1⁄4 inch thick, being careful not to roll so hard that the filling pushes out of the dough. Some may start to show through the dough, which is okay.

Step nine

Lightly oil each side of the katmer by brushing with a little olive oil. Place a large cast-iron skillet over low heat. When it is hot, place two katmer (if you can fit them) in the skillet and cook until golden and crisp, about 4 minutes per side. When they are done, you will be able to see some of the juices from the lamb start to bubble out of the dough. Sprinkle lightly with salt and stack them on top of each other. Cover with foil to keep warm. Cut into wedges and serve with a generous amount of the pistachio yogurt.