How to make Turkish Lahmacun pizza
April 08, 2022 04:24

All you need is a simple set of groceries, a baking oven, or a frying pan. Lahmacun pizza is very popular in Northern Cyprus. It may be said to be a local "fast food". The dish is literally translated as "dough with meat".
You can use store-bought pizza dough or make your own one.

Ingredients for the dough:

1 cup of warm water,
1/2 teaspoon of sugar,
2 1/4 tsp of active dry yeast (one pack of active dry yeast),
3 glasses of flour,
1 teaspoon of salt,
2 tablespoons of olive oil.

Making the dough:

In a small bowl, combine water, sugar, and yeast. Put aside for 10 minutes. In a large bowl, combine flour, salt, and olive oil. Now, make a well in the middle and pour in the yeast and water mixture. Stir until soft dough forms. Knead for 10 minutes until the dough becomes no longer sticky. Form the dough into several balls and place in a lightly oiled bowl. Cover with a damp cloth and leave in a warm place for 1 hour 30 minutes. The ready dough must be rolled out into a very thin flatbread.

Meat topping:
You can use minced lamb or lean ground beef. The minced meat should be mixed in a meat grinder or blender with red pepper, shallots, garlic, tomato paste, fresh herbs, and a fusion of spices of your choice.

Cooking Lahmacun:
Place the rolled dough on a baking sheet. Spread the spiced meat topping evenly and very thinly across the dough. Bake in the oven until the topping is well cooked and the dough turns nice and crispy around the edges. You can also try cooking on a stovetop using a non-stick frying pan.

How to serve Lahmacun:
Squeeze fresh lemon over the ready dish. Add some slices of red onions, fresh mint leaves, or a few radish slices, tomatoes, and parsley.

Roll it up and enjoy!

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