Vegetarian Lahmacun Turkish version of Pizza with a soft, thin crust with just a little bit of cheese and chopped veggies. Perfect as on-the-go food.
My family loves Pizza. Both my kids have polar opposite tastes in food, but the only thing that both of them like is Pizza. I am always looking for pizza recipes, especially ones that are unique and different from what we get in pizza corners here in the US. In that quest, I have tried quite a few different versions. Today, I have a delicious vegetarian Lahmacun from Turkey.This month’s host of Bread Bakers is lovely Karen who blogs at Karen’s Kitchen Stories. Our theme for the month is “Middle Eastern Breads’. I love middle eastern food and try new recipes all the time. I tried some amazing Middle Eastern breads in the past, like this Naan-e-barberi and this Pita bread.
Today, I have a delicious pizza recipe from Turkey – it has a thin crust and is usually served and eaten folded. Amount of cheese used is much light compared to the American versions. Traditionally Turkish peynir is used, but mozzarella is a great alternate. But if you want to make a vegan version, recipe is below.
Don’t forget to check out the amazing Middle Eastern bakes that my fellow Bread Bakers have made:
- Baked Pita Bread from A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Eggless Challah Bread from Cook with Renu
- Fatayer Jebneh (Arabic Cheese Pie) from Food Lust People Love
- Garlic Butter Glazed Talami Bread from All That’s Left Are The Crumbs
- Jerusalem Bagels from Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Kaak from Ambrosia
- Khobz Al Khameer (Traditional Emirati Bread) from Ruchik Randhap
- Kubaneh from Gayaythri’s Cook Spot
- Laffa from Sizzling Tastebuds
- Manakeesh from Mayuri’s Jikoni
- Maneesh from The Mad Scientist’s Kitchen
- Nan-e-Barbari from Anybody Can Bake
- Rose Shaped Dinner Rolls – Turkish Pogaca Pastry from Sneha’s Recipe
- Tahinli Ekmek | Turkish Tahini Bread from Bread and Dreams
- Vegetarian Lahmacun (Turkish Pizza Snack) from Cook’s Hideout
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Vegetarian Lahmacun (Turkish Pizza Snack)
For the Dough:
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- ½ cup Wholewheat flour
- 2 tsp Instant Yeast
- ½ tsp sugar
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- ¾~1 cup Warm Water
For the Topping:
- 3 tbsp tomato paste
- 3 Medium Tomatoes, finely chopped and drained
- 2 cups Mozzarella cheese, grated
- 1 cup Feta Cheese, crumbled*
- ¼ cup Parsley, finely chopped
- 2 Large Eggs, lightly beaten (optional)
- To taste Salt Pepper
Make the Dough:
- Combine all the ingredients for the dough in a large mixing bowl or the bowl of the stand mixer. Mix and knead until a soft, pliable dough forms. Remove the dough into a lightly greased bowl, cover and set aside to rise for 1 hour.
- Dough should be almost doubled. Punch down lightly and divide it into 6 equal pieces. Roll out each piece into a thin oval. At this point, dough might not stretch all the way, so try as much as you can, but don't fret too much. Place the rolled out pizzas on 2 baking sheets, cover and set aside to rest.
- Preheat the oven to 450°F. Place a pizza stone in the oven. If you don't have one, then put a baking sheet to preheat.
Make the Fillings:
- In a small bowl, combine tomato paste, drained chopped tomatoes, salt and pepper to taste.
- In another bowl, mix the cheeses, parsley, salt, pepper and beaten egg (if using). Mix well to combine.
Make the Pizza:
- Try and stretch out the dough as thin as possible. Spread the tomato paste evenly over the lahmacun, taking it almost to the edges. Top it with the cheese mix.
- Slide the pizzas on the heated pizza store or baking sheet and bake for 7~9 minutes or until the base is cooked, but still soft and the cheese is bubbling.
- Remove from the oven and roll each one up while still hot and enjoy right away.
- Substitute Feta cheese with more mozzarella cheese.
- For Vegan Version: Saute 2 diced onions in olive oil along with 3 garlic cloves. Add 1 diced green pepper and 3~4 chopped tomatoes and fry till the onions are brown.
- Mix about 1cup of olive paste with 1tsp oregano, ½tsp chili flakes and 2tbsp olive oil.
- Smear the olive paste on the lahmacun and top it with fried veggies and bake until done. Then roll, wrap and Enjoy!!