Bizarre Foods Monday: Lahmacun

This week it’s not the ingredients that are bizarre, but the dish as a whole. I’ve never heard of it before, but what the heck, let’s give it a shot! Turns out to be delicious, hubby was dubious when I added ground cloves to the lamb but ended up eating his whole pizza.This thin, crisp Turkish flatbread is typically rolled into a cone before eating.

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Servings: 4

Tomato Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ small onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • ½ serrano chile, seeded, chopped
  • 1 14-oz. can whole peeled tomatoes
  • ¼ cup canned piquillo peppers, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper

Meat

  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • ½ pound ground lamb
  • ¼ pound ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon Aleppo pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ras-el-hanout (recipe at http://www.food.com/recipe/ras-el-hanout-moroccan-spice-mix-262189)
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Assembly

  • ½ pound pizza dough, room temperature
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
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Bizarre Foods Monday: Lahmacun

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