Confession: I kind of hate lunch.

I don’t mean to say I don’t like eating in the middle of the day, I just hate having to come up with interesting ideas for things to eat. Breakfast and dinner are somehow so much easier to be creative with.

In an effort to come up with ideas the other day, I asked Arty to tell me his favourite lunch. He declared without hesitation that it was gozleme. We often get some from a food truck at our local market, and it’s always one of the highlights of a shopping trip for him. He gets to watch the cook roll out the dough, sprinkle it with ingredients, and then fry it on a big skillet. And then he gets to happily gnaw away on pieces of it while we wander around getting our groceries.

I was telling my friend Lucy about this when she came over for a coffee the other day, and she told me how she makes a kind of cheat’s gozleme at home. I had to give it a try.

cheat's gozleme: three ingredients, three minutes

Cheat’s gozleme

  • 4 pieces of mountain bread (or other thin flatbread)
  • ½ cup baby spinach leaves
  • ¾ cup grated cheese (I used tasty, but anything that melts will work)


  1. Lay one piece of mountain bread on your benchtop.
  2. Sprinkle it with a layer of cheese, then a layer of spinach leaves, then another layer of cheese.cheat's gozleme
  3. Lay a second piece of mountain bread over the top to make a big sandwich.
  4. Lightly spray a large frying pan with cooking oil, and heat to a moderate temperature
  5. Lay your flatbread sandwich in the pan, and cook for 90 seconds.
  6. Carefully flip it over, and cook for another 90 seconds.
  7. Repeat steps 1-6 with remaining ingredients.
  8. Cut into pieces and serve hot.

These are delicious with a squeeze of lemon juice on top if you want to add a little extra something.

cheat's gozleme

Three ingredients.

Three minutes.

Too good.


cheat's gozleme