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Beef Lahmacun (Turkish Pizza)

A Turkish pizza topped with a mixture of ground beef, vegetables, and spices then garnished with lemon, parsley, red onion, and pickles.
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Beef Lahmacun (Turkish Pizza)
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Servings: 4
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Recipe by: Frankie

Ingredients

The Dough:
1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
3 cups all-purpose flour plus a little extra
1 cup warm water
1 tsp kosher salt
1 TBSP olive oil plus a little extra
The Toppings:
1/2 green bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and chopped
1 small onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, peeled
1/4 cup fresh parsley
1/4 cup tomato paste
1 TBSP olive oil
1/4 cup water
8 ounces lean ground beef
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp sweet paprika
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
The Garnishes:
sliced pickles
fresh parsley
thinly sliced red onion
lemon wedges

Directions

The Dough:

1. In a large mixing bowl combine the yeast and warm water. Stir in the flour then stir in the oil and salt and continue to stir until a dough is formed.

2. Transfer the dough to lightly floured work surface and knead until smooth, about 5 minutes. Form dough into a ball.

3. Lightly oil a separate large bowl and place the dough ball inside. Roll the dough around in the oil a bit to cover.

4. Loosely cover the bowl and put in a warm place to rise for about 1 hour.

5. After the dough has risen punch it down and separate it into 4 equal parts then roll each piece into a ball. Set dough balls aside.


The Toppings:

1. Place the green pepper, onion, garlic, parsley, tomato paste, oil, and water into a blender. Pulse until vegetables are finely chopped and mixture becomes paste like.

2. Scrape the vegetable mixture into a large bowl and mix with the ground beef and remaining spices.

3. Heat a saute pan over medium heat. Add the beef and vegetable mixture to the pan and cook to release some moisture and to cook the beef, about 10 minutes. Take off the heat and set aside.


The Assembly:

1. Preheat the oven to 475°F and lightly oil two 18x13 baking sheets.

2. Stretch or roll your dough balls into ovals or circles about 8-inches in diameter and place them on the baking sheets (2 dough circles per sheet).

3. Spread the beef and vegetable mixture evenly over the dough all the way to the edges.

4. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes or until edges are brown. You can either bake one baking sheet at a time or place one baking sheet on the top rack of the oven and one baking sheet on the bottom rack and then rotate them after 4 minutes.

5. Remove from the oven, squeeze lemon juice over top and then top with your choice of garnishes.

6. Traditionally they're rolled up and eaten but if you want to eat them in slices they're good that way too.




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