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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Lahmacun- Turkish Pizza

Like any good pizza, you need basic bread dough. In this case, I used about 4-5 cups of flour. Thank goodness as the number of guests was at first 3 and by evening went up to 10!   

 My Turkish Friend had prepared the lamb topping for the Lahmacun.  Interesting this was the first time she had made Turkish pizzas or any other pizza!

Ground lamb was used!  One recipe used tomato paste along with such spices as cayenne pepper, cumin, sweet paprika,  cinnamon along with garlic, plum tomatoes, small onion and serrano chile and parsley.  Another recipe used a can of tomatoes, onions, fresh parsley, garlic and paprika.  The recipe for this pizza used was

1 onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tomato, diced
1 JalapeƱo, chopped
paprika and cayenne pepper
fresh Mint and fresh parsley
juice of one lemon

The traditional way is to roll out the dough is into very thin discs.  In this case we divided the dough into about 12 balls.

The meat was spread evenly to the edges.  In some recipes, olive oil is brushed on, while others brushed milk before spreading the topping, one recipe spread caramelized onions before the meat topping was added.

My husband made has become quite proficient in making Dirty Banana Cocktail which was a refreshing end to this Turkish meal 

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