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Turkish Poached Eggs with Garlicky Yogurt (Çilbir)
This classic Turkish dish, called çilbir, nestles runny-yolked poached eggs in a creamy, garlic-spiked yogurt, then finishes the dish with a spice-infused butter. We also add a handful of herbs for fresh flavor and bright color. Aleppo pepper gives the infused butter a vibrant red hue and subtle heat. If you can't find it, use 2 teaspoons sweet paprika plus ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes. If you're hesitant to poach eggs, fear not. This method is simple and straightforward. The low sides of a skillet makes adding eggs to the water easier than with a high-sided pot. Some wispy whites may float away from each egg as it is added, but a firm layer of white will set neatly around the yolk, forming picture-perfect poached eggs. Serve warmed bread alongside, either crusty, country-style loaf or soft, tender flatbread.
small garlic cloves, finely grated
teaspoons lemon juice
01In a medium bowl, stir together the garlic and lemon juice; set aside for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small skillet over medium, heat the butter until bubbling. Add the Aleppo pepper and cook, swirling, until the butter is bright red and fragrant, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat and set aside.
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