Author Notes: Çilbir—poached eggs on a bed of garlicky yogurt, drizzled with spiked butter—is a Turkish egg dish. This is Filiz Hosukoglu’s recipe. She is a culinary researcher from Gaziantep, Turkey, who has worked with chefs like Paula Wolfert, Claudia Roden, Anissa Helou, and Rick Stein on cookbooks and TV shows. She talks about resting the eggs on top of the yogurt (rather than hiding them beneath), to show them off, and I get her entirely—everything sits on this whipped white backdrop; the yolks are the stars. Çilbir’s uniqueness rests on the sourness of the yogurt and the softness of the whole thing—there is nothing to crunch. If you love to sop up an egg yolk with some bread at the best of times, this bowl of creamy, yolky wonder is for you.
Reprinted from All About Eggs: Everything We Know About the World’s Most Important Food. Copyright © 2017 by Lucky Peach, LLC. Photographs and illustrations copyright © 2017 by Tamara Shopsin and Jason Fulford. Published by Clarkson Potter, an imprint of Penguin Random House, LLC.
cups whole-milk yogurt
teaspoon Aleppo chili flakes
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Mint leaves (optional)
Pide or pita bread, for serving
- Crush and pound the garlic to a paste in a mortar and pestle; mix it in with the yogurt. They must be properly mixed. These two ingredients are good company— leave them alone.
- Meanwhile, combine the butter, chili flakes, and paprika in a small saucepan. Set over medium-high heat to melt and froth a little, about 2 minutes.
- To assemble, spread the garlic yogurt on a plate and place the poached eggs on top, so you can see the beauty of the eggs.
- Drizzle with chili butter, and season generously with salt and pepper. If you like, tear some mint leaves over the top for some extra color and texture. Serve with bread.
Photo by Tamara Shopsin & Jason Fulford