Saturday, June 20, 2015


Lahmacun: Spicy Turkish "Pizza"
makes: 8-10 lahmacun

- 2-1/2 cups AP (all-purpose) flour
- 3/4 cup milk or water (milk will make the bottom of the crust a nice golden colour)
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp sugar
- 1-1/2 tsp. active dry yeast

- 1/2 lb. ground lamb
- 1 green chile, finely chopped (cayenne, jalapeño, serrano, any...)
- 1 tomato, finely chopped
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tbs. Turkish red pepper and tomato paste
  (if you can't find this, use a coarsely blended roasted red capsicum and tomato)
- 2 tsp. red chile powder
- 1 tsp. cumin powder
- 1 tsp. black pepper powder
- 2 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. smoked red paprika
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
  1. In a large bowl mix the topping ingredients until everything is mixed well but don't over mix. Let everything sit in the fridge for a few hours, up to 24 hrs.
  2. Combine all the ingredients for the crust in a bowl. Mix and knead for 5-7 min. into a smooth supple dough, using a bit more water or milk if needed. Transfer into a large bowl and let it rise for 1-1/2 to 2 hrs. It doesn't need to rise like pizza dough so don't worry if it hasn't doubled after rising.
  3. After the dough has risen, gently deflate and divide into 8 - 10 small balls (about the size of a lemon). Cover with a kitchen towel so the dough balls don't dry out, and allow to rest for 10-15 min.
  4. Preheat the oven to 400 F / 200 C.
  5. Flour your work surface, and roll out one dough ball at a time into a fairly thin round, about as thick as a tortilla or a wrap or a roti. Evenly spread 1 - 1-1/2 tbsp. of the meat mixture on the dough. Don't make too thick a layer of meat otherwise it won't cook properly.
  6. On a pizza stone or in a baking tray, bake each lahmacun for about 5-7 min. All ovens heat differently so keep a close eye on the oven when baking the first couple to figure out the exact time your oven takes to fully cook these.
  7. Continue rolling, topping, and baking the lahmacuns and stack them as they come out of the oven.
  8. Before eating, squeeze a bit of lemon on your lahmacun, top with red chile flakes and a bit of green salad if you want, roll and enjoy! Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 2 days.

1 comment:

  1. Spicy Turkish pizza!! It looks mouthwatering. Thanks a ton for sharing its recipe. You know my sister is going to get married at one of destination Chicago wedding venues and we will be hosting a bridal shower at home. It’ll be a pizza party and will try different pizzas for that.