Aug 4, 2008

Turkish Pizza


just under 1 tsp yeast
1/2 tsp sugar
3 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp oil
2 small onions, finely diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp olive oil
1 pound ground beef
2 tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 bunch parsley, finely chopped
2 tsp tomato paste
2 tsp sweet paprika
1 tbsp sumac (i used a dash of vinegar (apple cider) and the juice of 1/2 a lemon instead)
1/2 tsp cuminsalt and pepper
4-5 oz crumbled feta

Prepare dough:
1. Mix the yeast, sugar and 1 cup warm water in a mixing bowl. Add flour, salt and oil, mix slightly, then knead the dough on a floured board until smooth (2-3 minutes).
2. Shape into a ball, cover and let dough rise for about an hour.

For the Filling:
1. Heat oven to 450°.
2. Heat a skillet over medium heat, add the oil and saute the onions and garlic for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer to a medium mixing bowl.
3. Add a bit of oil to the skillet if needed, then cook the meat until no longer pink. Add to the bowl with the onions and garlic.
4. To the bowl, add the tomatoes, parsley, tomato paste, spices and feta, and mix it all up. Taste and adjust seasonings.

5. Divide dough into 8 portions and roll out to thin circles. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment, and place 4 dough circles on each one.

6. Spread some of the topping on the first 4, then put the baking sheet in the oven. Have 1/2 cup of cold water ready, and toss it in the bottom of the oven quickly, then shut the door.
7. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Repeat with last 4 pieces of dough.Remove from pan to a cooling rack. Roll pizzas up to eat.

I found this recipe on this web site. These were really good, especially the dough. I will defiantly reused the dough recipe for other things. I wouldn't say that these are authentic. I lived in Germany, where on every corner there is a Turkish 'fast food' restaurant (Anadolu) and I can't say that these tasted like their Turkish pizza. Their pizza's are topped with a meat paste like mixture and they're sooo spicy. Again, these were very good though!


Elle said...

I'm so glad that you liked them! they look gorgeous!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Cute little pizzas! I love anything with feta cheese, so I'm sure I would be a happy girl eating them!

Lore said...

I'd take one bite right now if this monitor of mine would let me ;) Here's a virtual *Yum-yum*