Turkish Delight: Crispy Lahmacun Recipe

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Lahmacun, also known as Turkish pizza, is a flavor explosion waiting to happen. This thin-crust flatbread gets topped with a symphony of savory ingredients, making it a crowd-pleasing appetizer or light meal. If you’re looking to impress your friends and family with a unique and delicious dish, look no further than lahmacun.


Lahmacun Recipe (Baked!)
Lahmacun Recipe (Baked!)

For the Dough:

  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water (105°F to 115°F)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • For the Topping:
  • 1/2 cup ground lamb or beef
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1/2 lemon, for juicing
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Directions:

    1. Make the Dough: In a large bowl, combine the yeast, warm water, olive oil, and sugar. Let sit for 5 minutes, or until the yeast becomes foamy. Stir in the flour and salt until a soft dough forms. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for 5-7 minutes, or until smooth and elastic. Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour, or until doubled in size.

    2. Prepare the Topping: While the dough rises, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes, or until softened. Stir in the garlic and cook for an additional minute. Add the ground lamb or beef and cook, breaking it up with a spoon, until browned. Drain any excess fat.

    3. Assemble the Lahmacun: Preheat your oven to the highest temperature setting (ideally 450°F or higher). Divide the dough into 4 equal balls. On a lightly floured surface, roll out each dough ball into a thin circle, about 10 inches in diameter.

    4. Top the Lahmacun: Spread a thin layer of tomato paste over each dough circle. Top with the browned meat mixture, spreading it evenly. Sprinkle with oregano, cumin, and red pepper flakes (if using).

    5. Bake: Transfer the lahmacun to a baking sheet or pizza stone preheated in the oven (if possible). Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the edges are crispy.

    6. Serve: Drizzle with fresh lemon juice and sprinkle with chopped parsley and cilantro. Serve immediately with your favorite dipping sauces, such as yogurt sauce or hummus.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving)

    Calories: Approximately 400 (depending on the fat content of your meat)

  • Fat: 15g
  • Carbohydrates: 40g
  • Protein: 25g
  • Please note: This is a general estimate and the actual nutritional content may vary depending on the specific ingredients you use.


    Lahmacun is a delicious and versatile dish that can be enjoyed as a quick and satisfying meal or a delightful appetizer. With its flavorful combination of savory toppings and crispy crust, it’s sure to become a new favorite in your household. So, next time you’re looking for something different to try, give lahmacun a whirl!

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

    1. Can I use pre-made pizza dough for lahmacun?

    Absolutely! Pre-made pizza dough can be a great time-saver. Just make sure to roll it out very thin to achieve the characteristic lahmacun crust.

    2. What are some good substitutes for ground lamb or beef?

    Ground chicken or turkey can be used as a lighter alternative. You can even explore vegetarian options by using crumbled tempeh or lentils.

    3. What dipping sauces go well with lahmacun?

    Lahmacun pairs beautifully with a variety of dipping sauces. Try yogurt sauce, hummus, garlic sauce, or even a simple drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

    4. Can I make lahmacun ahead of time?