What do I hit up first when arriving in Germany? The Döner shop of course! Well, Turkish-German fast food isn’t just Döner though! Try this Turkish Meat Flatbread, also called Lahmacun, and find yet another thing to crave when you first step off that airplane!
Türkische Pizza Lahmacun
About this Recipe
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Today’s Türkische Pizza is a Turkish-German (and also American) version of the Turkish classic Lahmacun, which really means flatbread with meat in the Turkish language. It’s one the things you can order at a German Döner shop and it never seems to disappoint! I don’t know about you, but when I land in Germany, it’s either a German bakery or a Döner shop first! I have to get my fix in after not having it in so long! It’s a real treat to be able to make this at home here in Kansas City, with ingredients that are pretty easy to find at a regular grocery store! The classic Lahmacun version uses paprika paste (a paste made from red, long, sweet peppers), but since that’s not so easy to find here, I picked up a jar of roasted red peppers peppers (pictured in the recipe below) and blended that together with my topping ingredients, which includes LOTS of ground beef, some bacon, fresh tomatoes, fresh sweet pepper (I used a handful of the small ones you can buy, but a red, yellow or orange bell pepper would work as well), jarred roasted red peppers, onion, garlic and so many spices! The traditional version also uses lamb meat in the mixture, but since I am not a fan of the taste of it (or really the idea of it), I decided to just use some good quality ground beef instead.
After baking, I top my Türkische Pizza with some homemade garlic sauce, tons of marinated veggies and white cabbage and an optional pepperoncini pepper. My favorite condiment to bring spice? Sambal. You have to give it a try and I promise you’ll love it for all Oriental and Asian foods or to eat mixed with cream cheese on your morning bagel! Yum! Believe me when I say this is going to be a really fun way to explore food in Germany in a different way. Turkish food has become a huge, integral part of the food available throughout Germany, so you must try it to really get the whole picture of what Germans eat and enjoy! I hope you love it, too!
Scroll on down for the recipe, now in printable version.
Türkische Pizza Essentials
Sparkling Blackberry Lavender Cocktail
This sparkling wine cocktail is simple, yet so pretty and impressive! I first prepare the syrup, which is quickly made using fresh blackberries and dried lavender buds. I then simply add a little to the bottom of a champagne flute (linked my favorite one for you here!), fill with Schlumberger Brut sparkling wine, my favorite because it’s Austrian and made using the traditional champagne method! I finally garnish with some fresh blackberries and fresh mint from my garden! This would make the perfect aperitif for a dinner party.
To make the Blackberry Lavender simple syrup, combine the following:
- 100 ml water
- 100 g sugar
- 5 blackberries
- 1 tsp dried lavender buds
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Türkische Pizza (Lahmacun): A Turkish Meat Flatbread
Meat Topping Ingredients
- 750 g ground beef
- 80 g bacon
- 4 tomatoes I used about about 1 pint of grape tomatoes instead
- 1 handful chopped, fresh parsley stems removed
- 4 pepperoncini peppers in glass, stems removed
- 3 sweet peppers large, from a jar
- 1 red, orange or yellow sweet pepper fresh
- 3 tsp salt
- 2 tsp pepper
- 3 tsp paprika powder mild, not smoked
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- 100 g greek yogurt
- 50 g mayo
- 50 g sour cream
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- salt & pepper to taste
- Combine the lukewarm water and yeast and allow to bubble up for about 5 minutes. Add other dough ingredients and knead until smooth and elastic. Cover up and allow to rest in a warm spot for 30ish minutes.500 g flour, 7 g active dry yeast, 300 ml water, 1 tsp salt
Preheat Your Oven
- In the meantime, preheat your oven (with pizza stone if you have one) to 400° Fahrenheit (or 200° Celsius). If you would like to bake more than 1 pizza at a time, you can simply bake them on baking sheets prepped with parchment paper instead.
Prepare Meat Topping
- Blend together all meat topping ingredients other than the ground meat. You could also use a food processor if you have one. Then add in the ground beef. Set aside.80 g bacon, 4 tomatoes, 1 handful chopped, fresh parsley, 4 pepperoncini peppers, 3 sweet peppers, 1 red, orange or yellow sweet pepper, 3 tsp salt, 2 tsp pepper, 3 tsp paprika powder, 1/2 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp dried oregano, 750 g ground beef
Prepare Other Toppings
- Remove core of white cabbage and any wilted leaves. Slice thin and marinate with some oil, vinegar, a little sugar and salt and pepper. Set aside and stir occasionally. Prep all other toppings (I thinly sliced the sweet pepper), marinated and set aside.2 sweet peppers, 2 tomatoes, 1 cucumber, 1 small red onion, 150 g feta cheese, 3 Tbsp olive oil, 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar, 1 tsp sugar, 1/2 white cabbage, salt & pepper to taste
Make the Sauce
- Combine all sauce ingredients and set aside.100 g greek yogurt, 50 g mayo, 50 g sour cream, 2 cloves garlic, salt & pepper to taste
Bake and Assemble Turkish Pizza
- Spread about 3 Tablespoons of meat topping on each rolled out flatbread and bake for about 12 minutes or until the meat is starting to brown and crust is turning golden. Remove from oven and top with sauce, cheese-vegetable salad and marinated cabbage. Top off with a pepperoncini pepper when serving (optional, but they're not very spicy). Make it spicy by adding some sambal! Guten Appetit!8 pepperoncini peppers
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