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Turkish Cultural Center Boston

1105 Commonwealth Avenue Suite 203, Boston

2.5-Hour Turkish Cooking Class for One or Two at Turkish Cultural Center Boston (Up to 53% Off)

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Students learn to create traditional Turkish dishes such as dolma and savory kebabs

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2 ratings2 reviews
March 23, 2019
I was hoping for a group cooking class, however it was a group effort to cook one meal for all over an electric connected stove. The ladies were nice and the food still came out delicious.
1 ratings1 reviews
December 17, 2018
The ladies running the event were super nice and friendly. I thought this would be a hands on event but we sat around the table and watched them make the dishes themselves. I felt the price of the event wasn't quite right for what the event entailed. We did get to eat what was made so that was nice!
6 ratings3 reviews
September 11, 2018
I would recommend this place. The class is not as hands on as I expected but the food and instruction was great. The staff there were very warm and accommodating.
4 ratings2 reviews
September 9, 2018
Delicious, and a wonderful experience!
5 ratings5 reviews
July 2, 2018
Everything was amazing and well described by the server and cook. We also enjoyed a Turkish Delight and coffee. Definitely would recommend for locals and people visiting Boston.
5 ratings4 reviews
March 8, 2017
My husband and I had a really fun Saturday morning being taught about Turkish food (and culture). The teachers were delightful.
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January 27, 2017
nice staffs, nice food!
7 ratings1 reviews
November 21, 2016
Wonderful people! fun time and great food.
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About This Deal

Choose Between Two Options

  • $30 for 2.5-hour Turkish cooking class for one ($50 value)
  • $47 for 2.5-hour Turkish cooking class for two ($100 value)

Roux: The Basics of a Basic

Many soups and sauces start with a roux—a simple combination that takes some art to master. Get a head start with Groupon’s introduction.

The recipe for a roux is about as basic as it gets: fat and flour in equal parts, a mixture that acts as a thickener when whisked into a soup, sauce, or glass of an enemy’s wine. Clarified butter is a common choice for the fat, especially in French cuisine, but cooking oil and animal fats can also be used. Once you’ve combined them, the rest is a lot of careful timing, stirring, and heating. The stirring must be constant to avoid lumpiness: starch expands under heat, and if it gets too hot too quickly it will create a grainy texture.

How long you stand over the stove depends on what kind of roux your recipe calls for: white, blond, or brown. The first creates an unobtrusive thickener for basic soup bases and sauces such as béchamel in just 2–5 minutes. Blond roux, cooking for 6–7 minutes, is darker and a little more forward in the mix of sauces such as velouté (which means “velvet” in French). Brown roux appears mainly in Cajun and Creole cuisine. As it cooks for 8–15 minutes, the heat breaks down the starch chains in the flour and the mixture becomes thinner, requiring more roux for the same thickening effect. The upside of this is that, because the starch molecules don’t all glob together, you don’t need to worry as much about the finished sauce congealing.

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Surprisingly, legendary French chef Auguste Escoffier and cooking authority didn’t quite appreciate the roux—in fact, he expected it would eventually be superseded by thickeners such as arrowroot and cornstarch, which sound cooler in a French accent. But those never entirely caught on in French cooking, perhaps for the simple reason that they’re mostly flavorless. As any breakfast-eater knows, good things happen to flour when you toast it, and food science still hasn’t found a better way to get the deep, nutty flavor a roux provides.

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