My Meal of the Week feature examines an airline meal from my travels over the years. This may be a meal from earlier in the week or it may be a meal served over a decade ago.
Some flag carriers miss golden opportunities to showcase their own country’s cuisine in onboard meals. That is not the case on Turkish Airlines, where I enjoyed a delicious beef puff pastry (Kıymalı Kol Böreği), a favorite national dish of Turkey.
Beef Puff Pastry In Turkish Airlines Business Class
I was traveling from Istanbul to Atlanta and had just awakened from a nice long nap. It was about two hours from landing and flight attendants appeared to offer dinner before landing.
I chose the Kıymalı Kol Böreği, described on the English menu as:
Traditional Style Beef Minced Pastry
served with grilled zucchini, roasted red pepper
Before that even came out, though, an appetizer of mozzarella and grilled vegetables (eggplant and zucchini) was served. I had some fresh-squeezed orange juice with dinner, another nicety in Turkish Airlines Business Class.
The main course was more puff pastry than beef, but had a rich buttery flavorful on the outside with the nice juxtaposition of seasoned minced beef on the inside. The grilled red peppers (I’m not a huge zucchini fan) were a nice addition to the meal.
I finished off the meal with a cappuccino.
Turkish Airlines has restored its full menu to flights, so look for a similar dish on flights departing from Istanbul. If you ever see this on the menu, give it a try. While not the most healthy dish, it is a delicious one.