Poğaça (POH-gah-cha) is a type of savory bread from Turkey. Peynirli Poğaça are filled with Feta cheese and herbs. Peynirli (pain-eer-lee) means “with cheese” in Turkish. Other fillings for poğaça may include Kasar cheese, potato, olives, or minced meat. These little buns are highly addictive and there are many versions throughout eastern Europe. The slight saltiness of the Feta compliments the bread in each bite. Chad came home to the smell of the poğaça baking in the oven and couldn’t wait for them to be ready. This bread will definitely become a staple whenever I have some extra Feta to use up. I can’t wait to try these with the other fillings, as well.
Nigella seeds come from the fruit of the Nigella sativa, a pale blue or white flower originating from southern Asia and northern Africa. These black, triangular seeds are known as çörek otu (bun’s herb) in Turkish and are used to top many breads throughout the Middle East to India and northern Africa. They don’t have much flavor when raw, but become more peppery with a smokey flavor when cooked.