Lahmacun or Turkish Meat Pies – much better than pizza, and a lot healthier.
As I’m sitting here writing this post I salivate just looking at these pictures and wish there were a couple more of these pies left. I had these for the first time years ago in Michigan from an Arabic bakery and ever since then I was hooked. I love these types of pies.
Lahmacun simply means meat with dough and it’s a round, very thin piece of dough, much thinner than pizza, topped with minced meat, usually beef or lamb, and vegetables and herbs. They are then baked and usually served sprinkled with some lemon juice and topped with lettuce, tomatoes, peppers or onions and then wrapped up.
The dough is pretty similar with pizza dough but you use milk instead of water and the dough has to be rolled out very thinly, about 2 mm in thickness. The meat mixture here was ground beef mixed with a mixture of onions, garlic, tomatoes, peppers, spices and herbs. It was a pretty spicy mixture because I used about a tsp of chili flakes, but if you don’t like the spiciness just omit the chili flakes.
If you want to impress someone I guarantee you these pies will surely impress. They impressed me and I’m the one who made them. Lol!
- 5 cups all purpose flour
- 1½ cups milk
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- 1 tbsp salt
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 tbsp active dry yeast
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 yellow bell pepper
- 1 green bell pepper
- 2 tomatoes
- 1 large onion
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1 tbsp paprika
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp chili flakes
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 handful of parsley
- Warm the milk in the microwave so that it's lukewarm. Add sugar and yeast to milk, mix and let it rest until yeast dissolves.
- In the bowl of your mixer add the flour, salt and mix. Add yeast mixture and using the dough hook mix for a couple minutes. Place the dough in an oiled bowl, cover with damp towel and let sit for an hour or two until it doubles in size.
- Place all the meat mixture ingredients, minus meat, in food processor and pulse until it resembles salsa. Pour the salsa mixture over the meat and mix thoroughly.
- Preheat oven to 500 F degrees.
- Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces. Roll out each piece so that it's about 12 inches in diameter and about 2 mm in thickness. Place the rolled out dough onto a pizza pan, or a cookie sheet. Take a couple spoonfuls of the meat mixture and thinly spread it over the dough. Bake for about 5 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Repeat with remaining dough and meat mixture.
- Serve sprinkled with lemon juice and topped with lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, onion and rolled up, if preferred.