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Inspiration: Zaytinya, DC

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I only had 24 hours to spend in Washington, DC, so after a quick perusal of the interwebs, I met up with my friend Elliot and headed over to Zaytinya. Zaytinya is a bright, expansive restaurant near DC’s Chinatown that serves a unique blend of Turkish, Greek, and Lebanese cuisine.

Now, usually for inspiration posts, I’m inspired by a creative technique or new ingredient that I want to try at home. But my post-Zaytinya mission is much simpler – I want to make Havuc Koftesi. Havuc Koftesi are sweet Turkish rolls made out of carrot, apricot, and pine nut. They’re pretty uncommon in the U.S. In fact, most google search results in English lead you straight back to Zaytinya.

Zaytinya’s Havuc Koftesi are more like fritters – deep-fried balls of sweet shredded carrots, tangy chopped apricots, and crunchy pine nuts. They’re served on top of a velvety pistachio sauce, which keeps the dish from feeling too heavy or greasy. You can see from the photo at the bottom that, just by looks alone, these are absolutely divine. But in case these koftesi are not enough to woo you to Zaytinya, here are a few more highlights:

  • They serve their pre-meal olive oil with pomegranate molasses instead of the traditional balsamic vinegar.
  • The beet salata with spiced walnuts and fennel is a perfect, light complement to the fluffy, but fatty koftesi.
  • They infuse one of their cocktails with spiced butternut squash, and it’s yummy.

After Zaytinya, I’m making a belated 2013 resolution to make havuc koftesi before the end of the year. And you can hold me to it! –jaime

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Havuc Koftesi

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Beet Salata

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  1. Pingback: Mezze: Turkish Carrot, Apricot, and Pine Nut Latkes (Havuc Koftesi) | Mezze & Dolce

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This entry was posted on February 22, 2013 by in M & D Inspiration, Restaurant.

About Jacque & Jaime

Jaime and Jacque are two gals who discovered a mutual passion for Mediterranean flavors and ingredients and never turned back. They started Mezze & Dolce to share this love, their recipes, and their inspirations with the world. Follow them at www.mezzeanddolce.com.

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