Sunday, 25 September 2011

Şırdan - Stuffed Sheep Gall Bladder

We are having lots of adventures whilst saying farewell to relatives and friends in the past couple of weeks and some of those have been culinary.  This delicacy is definately for the adventurous.  This is a sheeps gall bladder that has been cleaned and stuffed then boiled.  One man even told us that there is a sheep gall bladder maffia in this area and they make sure that no one is hogging the market as they are buying and selling.  In this town there is only one man that comes out at night selling this dish. 

one of these costs 3lira

This dish is famous as a alcoholic bing after food.  Personally I couldnt think of anything else worse to look at let alone eat whilst being drunk.  Maybe you need to be a bit sloshed to eat it.

For all of you out there that slaughter your own food I have the recipe.  It is very easy and you can make it out of either sheep or goat.  Since animals only have one of these it makes it a delicacy.

I tasted this and it didnt taste that bad actually, the stuffing was a bit dry 
The recipe

1 gall bladder
tomato paste
chilli paste or powder

Take your gall bladder, clean it out then boil until soft(dont know how long that would take as I havent made it and am not likely to).

Im thinking you would need at the most half a cup of rice per gall bladder.  Take 2 tablespoons of tomato paste, spices to taste and 3 tablespoons of oil.  Mix all this together and stuff the gall bladder.  Take some thread and stitch the opening closed.  Place into boiling water and cook until the gall bladder is soft to the fork.  Drain and serve.


  1. EEEEP! No thank you! Was it bitter at all? I'd think something that had so much contact with bile would be pretty gnarly tasting. :/

    Here in the states, down south, they have a dish called "chitterlings" which most folks shorten to "chittlins". It is stewed pigs' intestine, and it looks about as yummy as your gall bladder thing. ;P

  2. I never see or eat this.. But I'm not sure I can eat it :p

  3. Hmmm, since I don't have a gallbladder anymore, it might be insensitive of me to try and replace it!

  4. It tasted ok surprisingly, but I wouldnt eat it again. Meaty! taste.

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  6. It will not be bitter because it was cleaned and turned inside out and boiled before it was stuffed

  7. You are totally wrong my friend.It is not is one of 4 parts(4th part) of sheep stomach.