For the past dozen years, Filiz Hösukoğlu, from Gaziantep, has been my Turkish translator and good friend. When I asked her to provide something with bulgur for this book, this delicious recipe and accompanying note arrived by e-mail: “This pilaf came about when I was having people over for dinner but didn't have the time to make what I'd intended, icli kofte, the Turkish version of kíbbeh. I had made the filling. Usually my neighbors come over and help me with the molding, but that day no one could come, so I simply made a pilaf and placed the icli kofte filling in the center. Everyone loved it! Thus my title for this dish, Lazy Lady's Pilaf.”
Serve with a bowl of Yogurt-Cucumber Salad, or storebought good-quality pickled vegetables.
The Slow Mediterranean Kitchen by Paula Wolfert. Copyright © 2003 by Paula Wolfert. Photographs copyright © by Christopher Hirsheimer. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.