Last week I saw a post on Barbs’ blog Creative Culinary about a food blogger event to help raise money for the victims of Superstorm Sandy. I love the idea of sharing a recipe that brings comfort. I love even more the idea of doing something, even if it’s small to bring a little more awareness and maybe raise a little bit of money to help those in need. When I started to think about what I would make to share, the first thing that came to mind was manti. Manti are a Turkish style dumpling. They’re a bit like ravioli but are topped with a yogurt- chili sauce. It’s not exactly North American comfort food but here’s why I chose it.
This summer when we went to New York I was able to get together for dinner with my friend Kathy of The Experimental Gourmand who calls New York home. We went to Sip-Sap a Turkish restaurant on 2nd Ave one night for dinner. Kathy also had a friend from Australia who was visiting and joined us. Now I was ready to pig out (ps she doesn’t know this part of the story!) but I followed suit when our guest expressed she wasn’t very hungry. My initial plan was to order a big plate of manti for myself and appetizers but not wanting to look ridiculous instead opted to share a few smaller plates. Ever since then I’ve been dreaming about manti. When Sandy hit New York I began to think about all my friends in the area and manti came back to my mind. With no Turkish restaurants for miles and miles, I had to make it myself.
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup of warm water
- 1/2 lb ground meat (beef, lamb, turkey, chicken)
- 1 tsp crushed garlic
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- palmful chopped parsley
- 4 Tbsp olive oil
- 1/4 tsp chili powder
- handful of pine nuts
- 1 cup Greek Yogurt
- Mix together the flour, salt and eggs using your hand and slowly stream water until a slightly sticky dough has been formed. Allow to sit for 30 minutes.
- Combine all of the ingredients for the filling, mixing well so the spices are incorporated.
- After the dough has rested, dust a work space with flour. There are two ways to make the dumplings.
- The first way is to break off pieces of the dough, the size of a large gumball and roll out as thinly as possible. Add half as much filling to the middle and bring up the edges to pinch it like a small purse.
- The second way is to divide the dough into fourths. Roll each segment out as thinly as possible. Use a pastry cutter to make 1-2" squares. Fill each square with half as much filling and pinch the edges to make a small purse shape.
- Place the assembled dumplings on a floured plate.
- Continue until all of the dough has been used.
- Boil a large pan of salted water.
- Add dumplings once the water is boiling, taking care not to overfill the pan.
- Cook for 20-25 minutes to ensure the meat is cooked through.
- Drain the water well before serving.
- In a saute pan add the olive oil, sprinkle in the chili pepper and turn to medium high heat.
- When the oil starts to take on a reddish hue, add the pine nuts and toast until browned.
- Remove the oil from heat and slowly stream into a bowl with the Greek yogurt. You must do this slowly or the hot oil could separate the yogurt.
- Arrange the manti on a plate and top with the Greek yogurt.
- Sprinkle pine nuts over the top.
How can you help?
If you haven’t already, consider making a donation. Here are a few suggestions;
- American Red Cross is providing food, shelter, and other forms of support to hurricane victims. You can donate directly to the Red Cross or you can also text the word “Redcross” to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
- The Salvation Army is also focused on providing food, shelter, and support to victims, and takes donations for storm relief.
- Feeding America is providing food, water and supplies to those who need it as part of their disaster relief program.
- Islamic Relief is working with the American Red Cross to provide financial help and physical volunteers to help with the recovery effort.
Be sure to stop by Creative Culinary and Jenn Cuisine (the event organizers) to see the other dishes that are being shared.
What dish would you share with a friend in need?