Turkish Kumru – Grilled Cheese&Sausage Sandwich


For us, Turkey’s best sandwich is Turkish Kumru. Kumru means the dove if it is translated into English. It takes this name from the special shape of bread. I’m going to share a recipe for the bread that’s not easy to make. It is a very, very tasty bread made with chickpea yeast and molasses. But those who do not want to make bread can try this sandwich with any bread. This sandwich is especially identified with the city of Izmir. The small and famous cottage town of İzmir has appeared in Çeşme and spread throughout the country.


For bread;

  • 3 Cups of General Purpose Flour
  • 1.5 cups of chickpeas yeast
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/2 coffee cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • for above – An egg & 2 tbs molasses

for sandwich;

  • 350 g izmir tulum cheese (or kasseri cheese)
  • 100 gr sausage
  • 100 g of salami
  • 100 g sausage
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 50 g butter

Cooking steps;

For Bread;

  1. Knead the ingredients in a deep bowl.
  2. Cover with a damp cloth for 1 hour.
  3. Take the orange-sized dough from the dough.
  4. Oval shape. Leave in the tray with oiled paper for about 30 minutes.
  5. Mix the egg yolk with the molasses and rub onto a brush.
  6. Baking in a preheated 180 degrees oven.

steps for the Turkish Kumru;

  1. Thin slices of soujuk, salami and sausage.
  2. Divide the dough into two and spread butter on it. Toast in the grill.
  3. Fry the other ingredients at the grill, except the tomatoes that are required for the dough.
  4. Fry only one face of Tulum cheese.
  5. Index the ingredients into the breads along with the tomato slices.
  6. Serve with ketchup and mayonnaise.
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