Turkish Inspired Eggs (Çılbır)
In celebration of World Egg Day, Egg Farmers of Ontario asked me to create an egg dish with an international flair. So I present my take on çılbır (Turkish Eggs).
A traditional çılbır is poached eggs with yogurt and melted butter, but I made mine using sunny side up eggs with silky, runny, yolks.
The yogurt is mixed with garlic & fresh mint, then topped with eggs, drizzled with spicy butter and for some extra flavour, a parsley & jalapeño oil (we still have fresh parsley & jalapeños in the garden). Served with garlic naan to sop up every last bit of this delicious meal.
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Turkish Inspired Eggs (Çılbır)
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt room temperature
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 pinch cayenne pepper
- ½ stick unsalted butter
- ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon hot chili powder
- 1 tablespoon chili flakes
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
- 1 tablespoon diced jalapeno pepper seeds removed
- 4 tablespoons olive oil divided 3 & 1
- 4 large free range eggs
- Maldon salt
- Chopped parsley
- Flatbread or crusty bread (buy or make my easy skillet flatbread)
- Add yogurt, mint, garlic, salt, pepper, cayenne into a bowl and mix thoroughly to combine. Set aside at room temperature.
- Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add cumin, paprika, and chili powder & flakes. Stir until color is uniform, then turn off heat and set aside.
- Add the pinch of salt, parsley, and jalapeno into a mortar, then grind together. Drizzle in 3 tablespoons of olive oil and stir to combine. Set aside
- Prepare two plates and dollop ½ the yogurt mixture onto each. Use the back of a spoon to spread yogurt out into a bed for the eggs, making ridges to catch the oil. Drizzle on some jalapeno oil.
- Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a medium to large, nonstick skillet over low heat until slightly shimmering, about 3-4 minutes. Crack an egg into a small ramekin and slowly add it to the skillet; repeat with the other 3 eggs, spacing each egg around the skillet (try not to have them all run together). Cover with a tight lid (or sheet pan) and cook, uninterrupted, until the whites are just set but the yolks are still vibrant & runny, about 2 to 3 minutes.
- Place 2 eggs onto each of the prepared yogurt plates. Top with a spoonful or two of the spicy butter.
- Finish with a sprinkle of Maldon salt & chopped parsley on top.
- Serve with flatbread or crusty bread and enjoy