Turkish Flat Bread Lamb Pizza (Lahmacun)

Turkish Flat Bread Lamb Pizza, Lahmacun, Turkish Cuisine, lamb dishes, flat bread, entrees, dinner ideas They say that a way to a man's heart is by food. The other day I made my husband's favorite childhood dish, Lahmacun. Lahmacun, also known as Turkish pizza, is a spicy Turkish and Middle Eastern dish consisting of a ground meat, vegetables, spice mixture, and spread on a very thin flatbread-like crust. Although Lahmacun may look somewhat similar to Italian pizza (and is referred to as Turkish pizza outside of Turkey), their tastes are completely different. Lahmacun is spicy; the dough is very thin; there is no cheese or sauce; and it's main ingredient is the ground meat. Lahmacun is especially famous in the Southern and Eastern parts of Turkey, as well as in Istanbul, where it's traditionally eaten with salad and lots of red hot pepper flakes. The chili flakes are optional, if you are not into spicy food. I myself have started appreciating spicy food just recently, yet enjoyed the more mellow, non-spicy Lahmacun for years.

This recipe is interesting because it is my first stab at making it, but also using a gluten-free dough. Lahmacun has a few key ingredients: ground meat, green and red bell peppers, tomatoes, paprika, onion, garlic and oil. Other than those ingredients, the recipe may vary from region to region. So, let me share my in-law's recipe with you.

We'll start with the dough first. I'll be honest, I'm horrible at baking, and i'm surprise this dough came out just right! The recipe I used is from King Aurthur Flour.

What You'll Need

1 1/2 cups King Arthur Flour Multipurpose Flour 2 tablespoons buttermilk powder or nonfat dry milk powder 1 tablespoon honey 1 teaspoon baking powder 3/4 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon xanthan gum 1 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast 1 cup warm water 1/3 cups olive oil (for dough) 2 tablespoons olive oil (for pan)

Combine all the ingredients for the dough in a bowl or stand-mixer. Kneed or mix the dough for about 5 minutes and let rise for two hours. Lahmacun crust is not like pizza crust where the crust almost defines the dish. We are also not achieving to get air bubbles or anything. The star of the lahmacun is the meat-mixture, not the dough. If you can manage to let the dough rise and roll a thin flat disk with your roller pin, then you've achieved your goal! While the dough is rising, let's go on with the meat mixture.

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What You'll Need

1 pound ground lamb 1 red bell pepper 1 green bell pepper 2 tomatoes 1 large onion 2 teaspoons of red paprika powder 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin 1 1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper 2 teaspoons salt, or to taste A handful of parsley 2 tablespoon of olive oil

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In a food processor or blender you'll want to mix the red bell pepper, green bell pepper, tomatoes, onion, paprika, cumin, pepper, salt, olive oil, and parsley. You'll want to pulse until the consistency of the mixture is between a paste and sauce. Transfer your mixture to a large mixing bowl and add in the ground lamb. You'll want to mix everything together.

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When your dough has risen, start with forming little balls out of it (or big, it all depends on how large you want your Lahmacuns to be). Mine are a little bigger than a Tennis ball. Cover the balls so they don't dry out. Flour your work surface, take your roller pin and roll out your balls. You want your dough to be very thin, about two millimeters.

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Then, take a spoon and put about one tablespoon or more of the meat mixture and spread it on your dough. You may want to use the back of your spoon to even it out. In an ideal world, we would own a brick oven in which we would bake these, but we don't, well...at least, I don't. I have a simple large pizza pan. Pre-heat your oven 450 degrees and bake the Lahmacuns for about 10-15 minutes. If you are using a pizza stone, it will take less time.

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Once it is finished baking, squeeze a bit of lemon juice, garnish with parsley and purple onion slices, and enjoy!

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Turkish Lamb Meatballs

kofte turkish lamb meatballs, turkish, kofte, turkish cuisine, recipe with lamb, lamb recipe, recipes, gluten-free, savory recipe Yes, you are reading that correctly. Turkish Lamb Meatballs. This is rare. I don't typically make meat dishes. In fact, this only happens on very rare occasions. I decided to make Gregg one of his favorite dishes--Köfte, Turkish Lamb Meatballs.

Köfte are made with ground or minced meat and flavored with spices and herbs. Some mixtures include rice, bulgur, or fresh bread crumbs. Their size and shape very: some are formed into large balls and stuffed; others are shapped into tiny balls or may be thumb-shaped. Still, others are threaded onto skewers. They may be grilled, fried, or simmered in some sort of broth or sauce.

Simple but extremely tasty meatballs, köft are one of the absolute staples served up in eateries ranging from the smallest, most primitive hole in the walls, to the most sophisticated posh establishments of gastronomy throughout Turkey.

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What You'll Need

1 lb of ground lamb 2 small onions, finely chopped or grated 1 bunch of parsley, chopped 4 garlic cloves, minced 1 teaspoon cumin sea salt, to taste 1 tablespoon sallflower or sunflower oil

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Onions seem to be a must in koftes. Fine chopping gives the meat a more assertively oniony flavor. Though it's important to squeeze them out a little, or they'll make the mix too sloppy to hold together in the pan. Peppery parsley is the most popular addition. Together with the onion it brings out a lot of flavor.

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This recipe is extremely easy to make. They’re great on the grill, beautiful on the barbie, but for pure ease, here they are fried. Put the minced lamb into a bowl with the onions, garlic, cumin, parsley, and salt. Mix together with your hands until bound together, and refrigerate for at least one hour. After, you'll want to divide the mixture into eight and mould it into long sausage shapes. If you are planning on grilling them, you'll want to shape around the skewers and brush with oil. Tip: Cover eight bamboo skewers with cold water and leave them to soak.

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When they are ready to cook, you'll want to heat a skillet with oil and place the kofte to cook for 2-3 minutes on each side. They should have a nice brown seared crust. To maintain the juiciness, I popped them in the oven at 350 degrees for 10 minutes before serving.

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These pair perfectly well with Turkish Cucumber Salad. I served them up on Rainbow Swiss Chard for a healthy wrap.

Turkish Lamb Meatballs
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Serves: 3-4
Ingredients
  • 1 lb of ground lamb
  • 2 small onions, finely chopped or grated
  • 1 bunch of parsley, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • sea salt, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon sallflower or sunflower oil
Instructions
  1. Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Put the minced lamb into a bowl with the onions, garlic, cumin, parsley, and salt. Mix together with your hands until bound together.
  3. Divide the mixture into eight and mould it into long sausage shapes.
  4. Heat a skillet with oil and place the kofte to cook for 2-3 minutes on each side. They should have a nice brown seared crust.
  5. To maintain the juiciness, popped them in the oven at 350 degrees for 10 minutes before serving.

 

Cucumber Dill Salad

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cucumber dill salad, cucumber salad, dill salad, gluten-free, gluten-free recipe, veganA few weeks ago it was starting to feel like summer in California. Here, in the San Francisco Bay Area, the weather was beautiful 70 degree weather; unfortunately, Sunday it started to drizzle. The forecast calls for cooler weather until mid-week.  On Friday, to celebrate the beautiful weather, I decided to create one of my Summer favorite Turkish salads, Cacık. Very season appropriate--During the hot summer months, having a side bowl cacık, is light, refreshing and cooling and really does help digestion. However, I realized I didn't have all the ingredients required. I added my own spin to this traditional dish, and accompanied it as a side to my Rainbow Swiss Card Hummus Wrap.

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What You'll Need:

  • Persian Cucumber (you can use whatever type, I personally like these since the skin isn't bitter)
  • Lemon
  • Dill
  • Salt
  • Kitchen tools: Knife, cutting board and bowl to mix in.

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What You'll Need To Know:

You will want to very thinly slice the cucumber. I wish I had a Mandoline slicer for the perfect thin slices. Add the slices to the bowl.

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Next, chop the dill and add to the bowl. Squeeze the lemon and add a dash of salt to taste. Mix all of these ingredients together, let it marinate while you make a wrap or tidy up the kitchen, and enjoy!

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If you want to give it more flavor, you can also add in diced garlic and mint leaves.

cucumber dill salad, cucumber salad, dill salad, gluten-free, gluten-free recipe, vegan I really like this combination together, because the cucumber salad compliments the hummus wrap. [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:10] Follow @valeriefidan and tag your awesome food photos with #letsregale! As always, all opinions, as always, are my own. Photos taken with iPhone; edited in Camera+ and instagrammed.