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Turkish Pizza: Lahmacun Delight


About the Dish:

Lahmacun is a traditional Turkish dish often referred to as Turkish pizza. It is a thin and crispy dough topped with a flavorful minced meat mixture and baked to perfection. The meat mixture is made with ground lamb or beef, onions, tomatoes, bell peppers, garlic, and a blend of spices such as cumin, paprika, and chili powder. The dough is usually made with flour, water, yeast, and salt, and rolled out thinly before adding the meat mixture. Lahmacun is typically served with fresh parsley, lemon slices, and a drizzle of olive oil.

Nutrition Information:

Nutrient Amount
Total Fat 12g
Saturated Fat 4g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 45mg
Sodium 550mg
Total Carbohydrates 25g
Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars 2g
Protein 15g


Ingredient Quantity
Ground lamb or beef 500g
Onions, finely chopped 2
Tomatoes, finely chopped 2
Bell peppers, finely chopped 2
Garlic cloves, minced 4
Cumin 1 tsp
Paprika 1 tsp
Chili powder 1 tsp
Flour 500g
Yeast 7g
Salt 1 tsp

Cooking Instructions:

  • Step 1: In a large bowl, combine the ground lamb or beef, finely chopped onions, tomatoes, bell peppers, minced garlic, cumin, paprika, and chili powder. Mix well until all the ingredients are evenly incorporated.
  • Step 2: In a separate bowl, mix the flour, yeast, and salt. Gradually add water and knead the dough until it becomes smooth and elastic. Let the dough rest for about 1 hour to allow it to rise.
  • Step 3: Preheat the oven to 450°F (230°C). Divide the dough into small portions and roll each portion into a thin circle. Spread a thin layer of the meat mixture on top of each dough circle, leaving a small border around the edges.
  • Step 4: Place the lahmacun onto a baking sheet or a pizza stone and bake in the preheated oven for about 8-10 minutes, or until the edges of the dough are golden brown and crispy.
  • Step 5: Remove the lahmacun from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes. Serve hot with fresh parsley, lemon slices, and a drizzle of olive oil. Enjoy!

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