Destination Dinner Party

One of our most memorable vacations was to Turkey.  We started in Istanbul (so amazing!) and went inland to the Cappadocia region for a real look into the culture of the Turkish people.  We loved hiking, exploring the outdoor museums (so rich with history – thousands of years!), waking up to see the sunrise from a hot air balloon (favorite memory, by far!), the incredible food…….

My sixth love is dinner parties.  Or any party of any sort.  Entertaining, I love it. I soak up the entertaining articles in the monthly local mags. There aren’t many lengths I won’t go to create elaborate, incredible atmospheres for memorable and fun parties.  Per the usual (love you guys!) everyone scoffed at my hair-brained scheme and couldn’t realize my vision until voila! Perfection.

The Mr. constructed me this…..thing, that represents the raised-platform, four-poster couches (for lack of a better word) that were used literally as outdoor couches but also as dining tables.  You kicked off your shoes, crawled in and sat back for a delicious meal.  Dessert? Fresh fruit; the juiciest, sweetest plums – we ate all twelve of them!  I wanted to re-create that feeling by hosting a Turkish style dinner party for some close friends; the kind of friends you can kick your shoes off while lounging in a sun-filled hearth room full of pillows and good food. Two of my favorite dishes from Turkey were the Turkish Kofte Meatballs in Istanbul and the Turkish Pide we had while in the Cappadocia region.   

 

The water is not drinkable, so ordering (and paying for) water was unpleasant, but the beautiful glass bottles of water simply lent an air of casual sophistication (in Istanbul, cozy charm in Goreme.) I also ran out of time to order special tableware from Wayfair, so used what I had on hand this time around.

Turkish Lamb Pide
Serves 2
Turkish Pide with lamb, peppers, spices and herbs from Istanbul, Goreme and the Cappadocia region of Turkey
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Prep Time
1 hr 30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
2 hr
Prep Time
1 hr 30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
2 hr
1570 calories
160 g
317 g
64 g
83 g
22 g
820 g
405 g
11 g
0 g
36 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
820g
Servings
2
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1570
Calories from Fat 572
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 64g
98%
Saturated Fat 22g
111%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
Monounsaturated Fat 30g
Cholesterol 317mg
106%
Sodium 405mg
17%
Total Carbohydrates 160g
53%
Dietary Fiber 9g
37%
Sugars 11g
Protein 83g
Vitamin A
48%
Vitamin C
146%
Calcium
17%
Iron
42%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Dough
  1. 2/3 cups warm water + 1 Tablespoon warm water
  2. 2 ½ - 3 cups of all-purpose flour
  3. 1 tsp dry yeast
  4. 1/2 tsp sugar
  5. 1 beaten egg
  6. 1/4 cup full-fat Greek yogurt
  7. Pinch of salt
Filling
  1. 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  2. 1 pound ground ground lamb
  3. ½ green bell pepper, finely diced
  4. ½ red bell pepper, finely diced
  5. 2 medium roma tomatoes, deseeded and diced
  6. 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  7. 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  8. Dash of salt
  9. Dash of ground black pepper
  10. 1 tbsp. olive oil to brush the pide
  11. Chopped Parsley
Dough
  1. Add warm water to mixing bowl, pour in yeast and let sit for ten minutes, until it starts to look bubbly (yeast has been activated.) Add sugar, beaten egg, and yogurt, stirring gently until yogurt is dissolved. Turn mixer onto lowest setting with dough paddle and slowly add in flour. Let rise for 1 - 2 hours (until double in size). While rising, prepare filling.
Filling
  1. Brown the ground lamb in olive oil, adding onions and peppers to the pan when almost cooked through. Continue stirring until vegetables are soft, then add tomatoes and let cook until tomatoes are tender and excess water has burned off. Take off heat and set aside.
  2. Divide dough into four parts, rolling out each ball into an oblong rice-shape, about as long as your largest pan will fit. Fill most of the shape with filling, leaving about 1/2 inch border that you will fold over onto itself to create a canoe-shaped crust. Brush olive oil over exposed crust. Bake at 425 F for 12-15 minutes, until crust is golden brown.
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calories
1570
fat
64g
protein
83g
carbs
160g
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Adapted from Little Ferraro Kitchen and Ozlems Turkish Table
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Turkish Kofte (Kofta) Meatballs
Serves 6
Meatballs found in Turkey, particularly Istanbul, made with ground lamb and served mediterranean style with yogurt for dipping.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
40 min
284 calories
7 g
104 g
18 g
21 g
7 g
100 g
533 g
1 g
0 g
10 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
100g
Servings
6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 284
Calories from Fat 165
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g
28%
Saturated Fat 7g
34%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 104mg
35%
Sodium 533mg
22%
Total Carbohydrates 7g
2%
Dietary Fiber 1g
2%
Sugars 1g
Protein 21g
Vitamin A
3%
Vitamin C
3%
Calcium
4%
Iron
12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup fine fresh breadcrumb
  2. 1 lb ground lamb
  3. 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  4. 1⁄2 teaspoon pepper
  5. 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  6. 3-6 leaves fresh mint, finely diced
  7. 2 cloves garlic
  8. 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
  9. 1 egg
  10. 1 tablespoon olive oil
Instructions
  1. Combine the ground lamb, bread crumbs and the egg until blended.
  2. Add the spices, garlic, parsley.
  3. Combine the mixture until fully incorporated.
  4. Shape the mixture into (mostly) uniform shapes.
  5. Heat the olive oil in a pan, and cook the meatballs until just golden brown (don't overcook them, and certainly be sure to cook them all the way through), flipping just once.
Adapted from Genius Kitchen
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calories
284
fat
18g
protein
21g
carbs
7g
more
Adapted from Genius Kitchen
Pretty, Polished, Perfect. http://prettypolishedperfect.com/
Who wants to join me for dinner?!

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One of my favorite memories from visiting Turkey was an incredible dinner we had late one night in Goreme, bohemian style, after exploring the local museum.  It embodied every part of Turkey that I loved – the casual pace, the simplicity, the art in the variety of mismatched décor.  We sat on the patio, in the perfect weather, enjoying one another’s company and sampling the local foods.  We ate until our stomachs were full, laughed until our cheeks hurt and sat closer as the evening grew cool.  I’ve been waiting months to try to bring back that moment with these fun bohemian table settings.

Unique place settings that you probably already have in your cupboard

I wanted to bring a small part of that small bohemian moment home with me – with these Turkish bowls my sister and I scoured Istanbul for.  The setting wouldn’t be complete without a variety of elements, in different textures and colors; I added muted colors, and bright colors and everything in between; a local grocery store had their roses on sale for less than a dollar a stem; the napkin rings are leftover paper from a friend’s recent home makeover; having place settings only for four, I added two more settings with contrasting colors and curves; the rose vase is actually a votive candle holder, making do as a centerpiece. 

The Grateful Table on PrettyPolishedPerfect.com #holiday #tablescape #bohemian #Turkey #Cappadocia

I clearly need advice on how the heck you keep your glassware from getting gross and streaky.  Is it my dishwasher? The detergent? I hate being an adult sometimes!

Bohemian table settings this holiday on PrettyPolishedPerfect.com #holiday #tablescape #bohemian #Turkey #Cappadocia #red

I can’t resist bright and bold colors!  I love how these colors turned out, but I’m still on the hunt for the perfect red cup.  Maybe these Mediterranean wine tumblers from Wayfair.com?  I think they’d be perfect for any bohemian table setting!

black & gold on PrettyPolishedPerfect.com #holiday #tablescape #bohemian #Turkey #Cappadocia

gold flatware // placemats // votive candle holders // glass bottles // dinnerware set // decorative bowls

gray & gold on PrettyPolishedPerfect.com #holiday #tablescape #bohemian #Turkey #Cappadocia

blue & red on PrettyPolishedPerfect.com #holiday #tablescape #bohemian #Turkey #Cappadocia

gray & gold on PrettyPolishedPerfect.com #holiday #tablescape #bohemian #Turkey #Cappadocia

blue & black on PrettyPolishedPerfect.com #holiday #tablescape #bohemian #Turkey #Cappadocia

Of course, after some debate we’ve decided to have Thanksgiving at my sister’s home in Missouri…….maybe next year?  Maybe Christmas?  Or…….Friendsgiving?  This would be a great table setting for a Friendsgiving!

 
White dish ideas on PrettyPolishedPerfect.com #holiday #tablescape #bohemian #Turkey #Cappadocia

I don’t know what to call this table setting. Bohemian? Sure, why not.  Let’s officially dub it my Bohemian Place Setting.  

Thanks to Wayfair.com for sponsoring this post.  As always, all opinions, styling and photographs are my own (but you already knew that, right?)

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