In Turkey (and surrounding countries) a lot of sucuk is eaten. This spicy, semi-dry beef sausage is part of a Turkish breakfast, but it is also a welcome friend as a snack or on a pizza. Sucuk is now also available at the larger Dutch supermarkets.
But what exactly is sucuk? And in what ways can you eat it all?
What is sucuk?
Sucuk (you say su-tjuk) is therefore a sausage. But not just any sausage: it is the most eaten sausage in Turkey and the surrounding area. Variations can be found in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and the Balkans. They are all made from ground beef (or occasionally with a little lamb or horse meat for extra flavour). Pork is never used, because the majority of the population in Turkey is Muslim.
How can you eat sucuk?
In Turkey, sucuk is actually a dish in its own right, but you can roughly say that you can use it in place of salami, chorizo or bacon. This is because it is quite oily and is perfect if you don’t want to eat pork. The applications are of course endless. As a small crisp in a pasta or in a vegetable dish, as part of a table full of mezze, on a serving board, next to the hummus with a flatbread… You see enough different applications in Turkey.
It is also widely used on pizzas or with pide. That is a kind of small pizza roll with all kinds of different fillings. Check out this recipe for a sucuk pide from BBC Good Food or this one (without mouth watering) from Tastemade for a pide with melted cheese and egg yolk.
Get yourself a sucuk and discover the possibilities. It’s a bit spicy, garlicky and oily. Fry briefly in a frying pan, without butter or oil, and you will see how quickly it becomes crispy. Eating from the pan is allowed, but it is preferable not to eat it raw.
Like the locals: Turkish breakfast with sucuk
Sucuk is also the most eaten for breakfast. A typical Turkish breakfast consists of fruit, olives, different types of cheese, (sweet) rolls and egg with sucuk ( sucuklu yumurta ).
The sucuk is then briefly fried in a frying pan until it is crispy, the eggs are added and the eggs are cooked through the hot sausage and the cooking fat. Result: divine, soft, slobby eggs with crispy sausage. Need we say more? Probably not…
You can buy Sucuk in Turkish supermarkets or just at the Albert Heijn.