want to plan a lunch time meal for 20 guest using traditional food items found in and around the country of turkey. I know maybe a good lamb chop would be good. maybe somthing with yourgart. please give direction. buffett style i believe would be best.
First off here is a link to familiarize your self with the cuisine in general:
Now here is a recipe site by a Turkish contributor:
I am sure if you some sort of preliminary menu or at least list of dishes that you are interested in the community will give you lots of feed back.
Ciya in Istanbul is a very famous restaurant and thiis one of his recipes. I have had this both at the restaurant and i have made it at home and i have to say (humbly ) that it is a great recipe. Hot or room temp. with a riata or without. delishious, easy and not so "foreign" that less adventurous eaters will be afraid.
i also love this recipe for lamb burgers. Like another poster suggested you could make them into meatballs and serves room temp.
A Turkish friend showed me a really simple & delicious way to do eggplant that can & should be done ahead. Just sauté eggplant rounds in olive oil until they're nicely browned. Arrange on platter. When they reach room temp, top with thick yogurt & very finely chopped garlic & parsley. A little Aleppo pepper if you have it sprinkled on top, adds color & heat.
This is perfect for a buffet & IME never any leftovers!