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GRILLED MACKEREL SANDWICH – BALIK EKMEK

By Sam | 3 June, 2018

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On the waterfront of the Bospherous in Istanbul, there are rows of Ottoman style boats serving one thing – Balik Ekmek. These amazing grilled fish sandwiches are usually served with a big glass of pickles and were a real standout memory of the beautiful city. This is our take on the amazing sandwich – with fresh grilled mackerel, crisp salad, garlic yoghurt, pickles and all in a demi baguette.

  • Author: Sam
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Ingredients

THE MACKEREL

4 Large Mackerel Fillets, deboned

1 tsp. Aleppo Chili Flakes, or regular dried chilli flakes

1 tsp. Sumac,

Generous Pinch of Salt and Pepper

THE SALAD

1 Large Baby Gem Lettuce, chopped

1 Small Shallot, finely sliced

2 Tomatoes, sliced

510 Small Cornichons, sliced in half

45 Guindilla Chillies, roughly chopped

1 Small Bunch of Dill, roughly chopped

1 Small Bunch of Coriander, roughly chopped

1 Small Bunch of Parsley, roughly chopped

THE GARLIC YOGHURT

150g Thick Greek Yoghurt,

1 Garlic Clove, minced

Juice of Half a Lemon

Generous Pinch of Salt

TO COOK

Olive Oil

TO SERVE

4 Demi Baguettes, warmed

Lemon Wedges

METHOD

THE GARLIC YOGHURT
  1. Combine the yoghurt, minced garlic, lemon juice and salt and thoroughly mix together. Refrigerate until needed.
THE SALAD
  1. Combine all the salad elements, mix together and set aside until needed.
THE MACKEREL

TIP – Fresh mackerel is amazing but can be tough to find at times. If you’re struggling to find fresh fillets, hot smoked fillets are widely available and an excellent stand-in.

  1. Combine all the salad elements, mix together and set aside until needed.
  2. Season the mackerel with the sumac, chilli flakes, salt and pepper and then rub with olive oil. Lay the mackerel fillets skin-side-down on the griddle pan and cook for 2 minutes before turning over and cook for a further 30 seconds.
THE BALIK EKMEK
  1. Slice the baguettes open and spread liberally with the garlic yoghurt, followed by a handful of the salad and lastly the grilled mackerel. Repeat and serve immediately. 

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