We checked out Akdeniz Turkish Cuisine just a few weeks ago, with a warming dish of Okra Stew and housemade pide bread. We're back this week for the Sultan's Delight ($13.95), a meaty stew served over eggplant puree, the perfect embodiment of winter comfort food. Charred, peeled eggplant is mashed with salt and mixed smooth with roux, turning it into an intensely rich dish; a generous serving of mozzarella is blended right in, making the whole concoction even creamier. As you could imagine, it's fantastic plain, just spooned over the still-hot pide bread. But there's one last component to complete this dish—the puree is paired with your pick of lamb or chicken stew. I prefer the former, braised fork-tender with garlic, onions, tomatoes, and red peppers. The serving is generous, and rich as it is, leftovers will easily suffice for dinner.
Akdeniz Turkish Cuisine
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