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A popular street food, lahmacun, also known as ‘Turkish pizza’, is a spicy Turkish/Middle Eastern dish consisting of a ground meat/vegetables/spice 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. Lahmacun is spicy, the dough is very thin, there is no cheese and its main ingredient is the ground meat.

  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1¼-oz. package active dry yeast
  • 2 cups flour, plus more
  • 1½ tsp. kosher salt, plus more
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp. minced flat-leaf parsley
  • ½ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp. ground cumin’
  • ¼ tsp. sweet paprika
  • ⅛ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 3 oz. ground lamb
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 plum tomato, grated
  • 1 small onion, grated
  • ½ serrano chile, stemmed, seeded, and minced

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