Turkish Pide with Ground Beef

Pide is a wide variety of bread. It is one of the indispensable flavors of Turkish cuisine.

Pide, also known as boat-shaped Turkish pizza, is a wonderful fast food that nobody can refuse. My favorite filling is beef and onions. Although Lahmacun is considered as a Turkish style pizza by many non-Turkish people, pide matches the concept of pizza better because the dough for pizza and pide is the same. While lahmacun is made only with ground meat topping Pide can also be made in various toppings; some favorite toppings are ground meat & onion, Turkish mozzarella cheese, cheese, and pastrami (Turkish dried beef), cheese, and Turkish sucuk. The most popular two types of pide are Beef Pide and pide with ground meat.

 

It is not very common to make it at home in Turkey but I have been making it at home since we moved to abroad.  And The greatest thing about this recipe is that it’s so easy anyone can make it.  Here is the recipe for ground beef Pide … Enjoy!

Ingredients; (8 people)

  • For the dough;
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 20-gram yeast
  • 62 ml of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 6cup of all-purpose flour

First, make the dough. Mix flour, yeast, salt, sugar, olive oil, milk, and water until well combined and you end up with a soft and smooth dough. Cover it and let it rise for an hour. In the meantime, prepare your filling.

 

For the topping;

  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 400 gr/14 oz. ground beef
  • ½ green bell pepper or 1 green pointy pepper, finely diced
  • 2 medium tomatoes, deseeded and diced
  • 1 tsp. salt is recommended
  • 1 egg yolk + 1 tbsp. olive oil to brush the pide
Preheat the oven to 230 C/ 440 F

Heat 1tbsp. olive oil in a wide pan and stir in the onions and peppers.

Saute the onions and peppers for 2-3 minutes over medium heat, until they start to soften. Add salt and ground black pepper. Turn the heat off. Place the ground meat in a bowl and combine the cooked vegetables with the ground meat, mix well. The topping is ready.

Now it is time to shape the dough. Dust the counter with flour and transfer the dough on it. Knead it for 4-5 minutes. Make a log from it and cut it into 10 equal pieces. Roll them into balls and cover with a clean kitchen towel so that they don’t dry. Grab one of the balls and roll it out giving an oval shape and carefully transfer it on the baking sheet. Put a few tablespoons of the filling on it, leaving the edges empty. Fold two sides towards the center and combine and seal the ends to give it a boat shape. Brush all the edges with olive oil and egg yolk. Bake it until the pides are golden brown and crispy at the edges. Once cool, cut into slices and serve.

You can also make your pide vegetarian with vegetarian fillings like feta cheese and spinach…