Lahmacun The Diet Pizza

Lahmacun is Turkish pizza, as is pide, but lahmacun is the lighter of the two with a very thin crust, and no cheese. Pide is a lot if dough shaped like a canoe, and then smothered in cheese and meats. A type of regional pide from the Black Sea is topped with melted kasar cheese, an egg, and melted butter. A wheat flour dough is used for making lahmacun rather than than the more refined white type. It’s crispy, light, and chewy. A dusting of minced meat, fresh parsley, tomato, onion, and spices are added on top before it’s tossed into a wood fire oven for a minute or so. You get this tray or package of fresh shredded lettuce, onion, and lemon wedges with every order of lahmacun. The disk is stuffed with these vegetables, rolled up like a cigar, and then eaten with your hands. Surprisingly 2 of those circular little things really fills you up. I call it diet pizza because each lahmacun is only about 250 calories.

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    • Megan
      Megan Author at 8:52 pm

      The first time I had it here in Istanbul I couldn’t believe how tasty and filling these thin crust pizzas were. If there are Turkish restaurants where you live, you should have access to Lahmacun…good luck

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