How to Make Pizza – Turkish Style
You may find that lahmacun looks like a pizza, but there is a big difference between them. A pizza is sliced and it can be eaten with a knife and fork while you do not need knife or fork to eat lahmacun. Put some parsley leaves, squeeze lemon, wrap it and it's ready to eat. Although it is served sliced in some restaurants today, it's not the right style to eat lahmacun. I think this shows an inevitable effect of some international dishes on local dishes.
For its dough
* 5g dry yeast
* 4 cups flour
* C cup olive oil
* C cup milk
* C cup warm water
* 1 t tsp salt
For its topping
* 200g ground beef
* 3 medium size tomatoes, thinly diced
* 1 bunch of parsley, minced
* 1 big onion, thinly diced
* 1 tbsp pepper paste
* Salt to taste
* Ground black pepper to taste
* 2 tbsp olive oil
* 2 tbsp water
* Extra oil for the oven tray
Mix the yeast with warm water in a glass and wait until you see foams on its top.
Sift the flour in a mixing bowl and pour the yeast in its center. Mix them together.
Add milk, olive oil and salt. Knead them to have a soft dough. If the water is not enough, add little more. It should not be sticky. Put the dough in a bowl, cover it and wait for about 15 minutes.
Meanwhile you can prepare the topping mixture. Mix the ground beef with all the topping ingredients.
Pick walnut sized pieces from the dough and roll them one by one as big as a saucer. They must not be too thin.
Pre-heat the oven to 200 C. Oil the oven tray and put each round piece on it.
Divide the topping mixture on these evenly. And cook them 10 minutes. Serve it hot with some parsley leaves and lemon wedges.