Lahmacun, also known as ‘Turkish pizza’, is a spicy Turkish/Middle Eastern dish consisting of a ground meat/vegetable mixture, spread on a very thin bread/cracker-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. A very popular lunch time snack, lahmacun is spicy, the dough is very thin, there is no cheese and it’s main ingredient is the ground meat. Lahmacun is especially famous in the Southern and Eastern parts of Turkey where it’s traditionally eaten with salad and lots of red hot pepper flakes! The latter is optional, if you are not into hot/spicy food, just leave it out. Lemon is liberally squeezed over and then it is rolled up with sliced tomatoes, onion and parsley salad. Middle eastern people also love to have it as a take away food, a great, healthy alternative to fast food and the children love them too.
Lahmacun has a few key ingredients: ground meat, salca, tomatoes, paprikas, onion and oil. Other than those ingredients, the recipe may vary from region to region. In my family and the region we originate from (Adana, Southern Turkey that is), it’s common to use a mixture of tomato and pepper paste (salca) in the meat mixture.
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