Sunday, February 15, 2009

Kuku-ye sir bij (Garlic Kuku)--FOR THE GARLIC LOVERS ONLY!!

Look. You really NEED to LOVE garlic to try this recipe. It is intense with garlic flavor, and you should not try kissing anyone after eating it. But it is unique and I like it in small doses.

Ironically, I made this kuku for my husband and mother-in-law for Valentine's day.

Kuku-ye Sir Bij
1 bunch scallions, finely chopped
1/2 lb garlic, crushed
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 tsp turmeric
1/2 c. butter
6 eggs

In a skillet over medium heat saute garlic and scallions in 2 tblsps. oil and 2 tblsps. butter until browned lightly, about 15-20 minutes. Add turmeric and mix well. Remove from heat and let cool.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a mixing bowl beat eggs, baking powder, salt, and pepper. Once the garlic/scallion mixture has cooled slightly, mix with the eggs as well. Beat thoroughly.

Grease a 9 inch round cake pan with butter heavily. Pour egg mixture into the pan and bake uncovered in the oven for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes, pour 1/8 cup of oil over top of the egg mixture and continue to bake until cooked all the way through (you can check with a knife to be sure--it should come out clean). This will probably be an additional 15-30 minutes.

Remove from oven when cooked through and let cool. Once cool use a knife to separate the sides of the kuku from the edge of the baking pan, and invert on top of a platter. Cut into wedges or squares and serve hot or room temperature.

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