A Turkish recipe: Potatoes Kumpir-style

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In our visit to Turkey, we passed by a Cafe which served as many others, a dish very popular among the Turks. It was hot potatoes that the client could taste freshly hot baked and stuffed with the options of your choice. The name of this dish is as sound as delicious: Kumpir!
Among the variety of fillings of the place were olives, finely chopped vegetables, corn and peas, mushrooms, chicken, lamb and fresh cheeses. All this seasoned with local sauces or the standard mayonnaise, mustard or ketchup.
We were delighted with the quick preparation and succulent presentation:


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So already back home we decided to try and make them in our own style. After a successful try, we are pleased to share the recipe and procedure with you!

Ingredients for 2 people:

2 giant potatoes well washed to eliminate traces of dirt.
2 tablespoons butter
1 / cup sliced olives or olive cream
1/2 cup of mixed corn and peas
1/4 cup of sour cucumbers and carrots sliced
1/2 cup of filleted mushrooms
1/2 cup grated cheese (we use Gouda)
1/2 cup of chopped ham /chicken or the meat of your choice
2 hard boiled eggs chopped into small pieces
Greek Yogurt* (optional)
Mustard, Mayonnaise, Ketchup or any sauce of your preference



  1. Wash the potatoes well and with a knife make a deep incision cutting vertically. This is to avoid any explosion if you cook them in the microwave.
  2. Put a potato in a dish and place it in the microwave. Let it cook for 15 minutes. If you put two potatoes at the same time, let them cook for about 25 minutes. You can also bake them but it will take a longer time cooking.
  3. Remove the potatoes from the microwave being carefully not to burn yourself with the hot dish. With a clean cloth take one of the potatoes and squeeze it slightly to facilitate the detachment of the skin in the next step.
  4. Use a fork to enter it skillfully through the slit in the skin of the potato which was previously opened before introducing it into the microwave. Then begin to smash the potato inside. The idea is to make a puré and for this  you can add 1 tablespoon butter and continue smashing.
  5. At this stage of the procedure the potato is ready for you to stuff it with all the fillings of your choice and top it with some Greek yogurt, mayo, mustard and ketchup if you like.



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