You didn’t hear it wrong, it’s Turkish pizza! In fact, the only similarity with pizza is placing ingredients on the dough. I think it was because of the restaurants in the touristic regions that it was named as such. Although it is debatable how good marketing strategy it is, you can call it more originally “Lahmacun”. Its fame has spread to lots of countries. Even in Europe, there is a Turkish restaurant on every street and there is also lahmacun in their menus. While like this abroad, you can’t imagine its popularity in Turkey! Lahmacun is considered as the healthiest fast-food, as Prof. Dr. Canan Karatay said.
Turkish pizza has crunchy edges and thin dough. Some prefer fermented dough, some prefer without yeast. In this recipe, we are going to make it with non-fermented dough. There is a mixture of ground beef and vegetables on the dough. If you use beef-lamb mixture with high percent of fat as an ingredient, you will double the flavor. Each spice added to it will give it different flavors and you will have a healthy touch with fresh vegetables. Due to the thin bread, one serving portion is generally 2 lahmacuns. It is usually eaten wrapped with salad, hot sauce and lemon juice. Of course, the best beverage to go with is ayran.
Turkish Pizza (Lahmacun)
To spread over
- 300 grams ground beef %15-%20 fat
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 1 medium tomato chopped
- 1 red bell pepper chopped
- 1.5 green bell pepper chopped
- A handful parsley chopped
- 1 tbsp water
- ½ tbsp tomato paste
- ½ tbsp red sweet pepper paste
- 2 tbsp sunflower or olive oil
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp red sweet pepper powder
- ¼ tsp ground black pepper
- ¼ tsp red chili flakes
- 2.5 cups flour
- 1 cup water lukewarm
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp sugar
To spread over
- In order to prepare ingredients to spread over, basically you can use a food processor or a blender. Due to reservoir of your machine and better texture, it is good to not add ground beef in the beginning.
- If you don't have a food processor, you can also chop the ingredients and bring them together in a large bowl. After you mix well, you should add ground beef into the bowl and knead with your hands (Using latex gloves may be helpful).
- Try to get a bit runny consistency with your mixture. This rate may vary depending on the vegetables and ground beef you use. If not, you can add some more water or oil as your wish.
- After you complete the mixture with ground beef, you can cover it leave to rest into the fridge until you prepare the dough.
- Grab a large bowl, add water, sugar and salt. Mix until the salt and sugar dissolve.
- Start add the flour slowly and in the same time continue mix with your hand.
- Knead until you have a medium hard dough. You can add extra flour or water in case of need.
- Seperate your dough into small equal pieces (like your palm hand size). These are going to be each portions of your Turkish pizza.
- Cover your dough pieces with a clean cloth, leave to rest for about 1 hour-or less.
- Heat your oven to 200 degrees~ 400F.
- After that, grab a roller, spread some flour and start stretch your dough pieces. You should stretch as thin as possible you can.
- When portions are ready, spread your mixture with a spoon or hand over your dough. If you don't have a really big oven, probably you can cook 1 of it in the same time. Cook until the base is little cruncy and brown. (approx. 7-8 min each)
- Remove cooked one from the oven with a spatula and place the new, cook all of the portions.
- Collect them on a serving board, decorate with vegetables or salad and serve hot and nicely.