Turkish Pizza A.k.a. Lahmacun


Make your own Turkish pizza from scratch! Delicious thin crust, minced meat filling and fresh vegetables with garlic sauce on top. Enjoy!

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Turkish pizza a.k.a. Lahmacun
Veronique van Ohmydish

Made by Véronique

Published at 2016-08-16, this recipe is for 10 people and takes 1 hours 40 minutes.

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Updated at: 01-03-2021

1 hours 40 minutes 10 people Main course
Turkish pizza a.k.a. Lahmacun


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Ingredients for the pizza dough

  • 500 gram flour + extra
  • 250 ml lukewarm water
  • 7 gram dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoon Turkish or Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower oil
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of sugar

Ingredients for the filling

  • 500 gram minced lamb or beef
  • 2 ripe tomatoes
  • 1 (large) can tomato puree
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1/2 red chili pepper
  • 3 spring onions
  • Handful fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower oil
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons chili flakes
  • Ground black pepper

Ingredients for the topping

  • (iceberg) lettuce
  • 1 white onion
  • 1 ripe tomato
  • 1 cucumber
  • Black olives
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Ingredients for the garlic sauce

  • 250 ml Turkish or Greek yogurt
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • Salt
  • Ground black pepper
Turkish pizza a.k.a. Lahmacun ingredients
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Kitchen equipment

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  • Large skillet
  • Chefs knife
  • Cutting board
  • Clean, dry kitchen towel
  • Stand mixer with dough hook attachment + bowl
  • Large bowl
  • Small bowl
  • Rolling pin
  • Aluminum foil

Turkish Pizza A.k.a. Lahmacun

1 hours 40 minutes 10 people Main course

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Preparing the pizza dough -- 1 hour 10 minutes

Mix all of the mentioned ingredients for the pizza dough into the stand mixer or by hand. Cover the bowl with a clean, dry kitchen towel. Let the dough rest for 1 or 1. 5 hours on a warm spot.

The pizza dough should be doubled in size after this time.

Preparing the filling -- 10 minutes

While the pizza dough is resting, prepare the minced meat filling. Combine everything together in a large bowl. You can slice all of the ingredients by hand, or use a food processor for this.

Try to cut everything as small as possible. Mix 500 gram minced lamb or beef into the filling. Place the filling into the refrigerator, until the dough is ready.

Preparing the garlic sauce -- 1 minute

Crush and slice the cloves of garlic, then mix everything together in a small bowl. Refrigerate.  

Turkish pizza a.k.a. Lahmacun
Turkish pizza a.k.a. Lahmacun

Finishing up the Turkish pizza a.k.a. Lahmacun -- 20 minutes

Grab the dough and poke a few holes in it using your fingers, the dough should flatten a bit. Divide the pizza dough into 10 equal balls. Place the balls of pizza dough under a kitchen towel to prevent them from drying out.

Flour the workspace and roll a pizza dough ball as flat as possible. Divide a few spoonfuls of filling over the pizza. Heat up the large skillet on low heat, don't add in any oil or butter. When hot, add in the pizza.

Bake the turkish pizza until the minced meat has been cooked. Remove the pizza from the pan and place it onto a large sheet of aluminum foil. Cover the pizza with the other half of aluminum foil.

Repeat the above step for the remaining dough balls. By covering the baked pizza in aluminum foil, they will soften, thus easier to wrap (see picture).

Grab a turkish pizza and cover it with the toppings. Add garlic sauce and roll the pizza shut. Enjoy your turkish pizza!

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