Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. For the Lamb Sauce:

  2. 1 teaspoon chopped garlic

  3. 1 yellow onion, chopped

  4. 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

  5. 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley

  6. 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint

  7. 1/2 teaspoon paprika

  8. 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

  9. 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander seed

  10. 1/2 cup green bell pepper, diced

  11. 1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced

  12. 1/2 lemon, juiced

  13. 4 teaspoons olive oil

  14. 4 roma (plum) tomatoes, halved

  15. 1 pound lean ground lamb

  16. 6 tablespoons double concentrated tomato paste

  17. cayenne pepper to taste

  18. salt to taste

  19. For the Dough:

  20. 3 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast

  21. 1/2 teaspoon white sugar

  22. 1 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)

  23. 5 cups all-purpose flour

  24. 2 teaspoons salt

  25. 1/4 cup vegetable oil

  26. 1/2 cup water

  27. For the Garlic Sauce:

  28. 1 cup plain yogurt

  29. 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley

  30. 1/4 teaspoon crushed garlic

  31. salt and ground black pepper to taste

  32. For the Garnish:

  33. 1 cup shredded green cabbage

  34. 1 cup shredded red cabbage

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Combine the garlic, onion, basil, parsley, mint, paprika, cumin, coriander, diced bell peppers, lemon juice, and olive oil in a food processor. Pulse the vegetables until finely chopped. Add the halved tomatoes and process until the mixture is a thick puree.

  2. Place the lamb in the preheated skillet and reduce the heat to medium. Add the puree and the tomato paste and mix well. Cook and stir until the lamb is cooked through, 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in cayenne pepper and salt to taste. Transfer the mixture to a shallow baking dish to cool to room temperature. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

  3. Dissolve the yeast and sugar in 1 cup warm water. Combine the flour and salt in a mixing bowl and stir well. Add the vegetable oil and 1/2 cup water to the yeast mixture and pour it over the flour. Use your hands to mix the dough. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes.

  4. Shape the dough into a ball and transfer to an oiled bowl. Cover with a wet towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour. Remove the lamb sauce from the refrigerator and allow it to come up to room temperature. Prepare the garlic sauce: combine the yogurt, parsley, crushed garlic, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir well and set aside.

  5. Punch the dough down, transfer it to a floured work surface, and cut the dough into 10 portions. Shape each portion into a round. Flatten each round with your hand; use a rolling pin to roll each piece into a 10-inch circle. The dough should be thin, like a crepe. Place the rounds on parchment paper.

  6. Preheat an oven to 500 degrees F (260 degrees C).

  7. Stir the lamb sauce and then spoon it onto a dough round. Spread it thinly to the edges and press down lightly so it sticks to the dough. Bake pizzas on parchment paper-lined baking sheets on the lowest oven rack until the edges are a light tan color, 8 to 10 minutes.

  8. Place on a wire rack to cool. The pizzas can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for three days or in the freezer for three months. To reheat, place the pizzas in a 350 degree F oven (175 degrees C) for 8 minutes.

  9. To assemble the lahmacun, drizzle with garlic sauce, top with shredded cabbage, and roll up to eat. See the Cook's Notes for other garnish ideas.


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