‘Atom’ is one of the most popular meze variety of Turkish cuisine. It is simply made of strained yogurt, dried cayenne peppers, garlic, and butter. ‘Atom’ meze served as a starter at most of the Kebab restaurants with either toasted bread or pita aside.
It is named as ‘Atom’ because it is made with the hottest peppers of Turkish cuisine. As you may know; consuming hot peppers have an appetite enhancement effect and for this reason most of the restaurants offering Atom meze in their menu.
In Turkey, we are using ‘Cayanne Peppers’ or in Turkish ‘Arnavut Bibeberi’ type of pepper to make this meze. This pepper has a decent eatable Scoville heat level. Its Scoville heat level is between 30.000 and 50.000 and this Scoville heat level is fair enough to let you enjoy this amazing meze variety.
This meze variety originates from Izmir city of Turkey. When we think about the hot mezes of Turkey, the first cities that come up to our mind are Adana city, Gaziantep city, Hatay city or Urfa city. Those cities are located in the south and southeast part of Turkey. However; this Atom meze belongs to the Aegean part of Turkey.
- 32 oz Strained Yogurt (Greek Yogurt)
- 2 Clove of Garlic crushed
- 2 tbsp Olive Oil
- 2 tbsp Butter
- 8 Dried Cayenne Pepper cube cut
Put the strained yogurt /greek yogurt) to a bowl and add the crushed garlic. Then, mix them well and put yogurt and garlic mix to a serving plate.
Put butter and olive oil to a frying pan and cook them until butter melt well. And then add the cube cut Dried Cayenne Peppers and cook about 1-2 minutes at medium heat.
Distribute the cooked cayenne peppers on top of the yogurt evenly with a spoon. And then, add the left butter and olive oil mix on top of the cayenne peppers.
Tip: Serve with lavash bread.