Turkish Lahmacun Recipe

How to Make Lahmacun

Makes 8


Spicy Lamb Topping

  • ½ pound medium-lean lamb, ground twice
  • 1 small Spanish onion, finely diced (1/2 cup)
  • 3 plum tomatoes, peeled, seeded and finely diced (1 cup)
  • ½ bunch finely chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Turkish red pepper or ground red pepper
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • Salt
  • ½ cup cold water
  • Pita bread dough
  • Cornmeal, for dusting
  • Butter


  1. To prepare the lamb topping, place all the topping ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Season with salt.
  2. Preheat the oven to 450°F. Place a pizza stone or quarry tile on the middle rack of the oven.
  3. Dust your fingers with flour. On a cool, lightly floured work surface (preferably marble), turn out the pita dough once it has risen to double its size. Gently punch out the air and roll out the dough into a cylinder and cut it into 8 equal pieces with a sharp knife. Shape each piece into a ball, then press each ball with the heel of your palm to flatten it. Loosely cover the dough with plastic wrap or a damp cloth and let them rest in a warm place for about 20 minutes.
  4. To assemble, flatten each piece of dough with the heel of your palm once again. Using a rolling pin, roll out each piece of dough into a 10-inch circle. Divide the spicy lamb mixture among the rounds of dough, spreading it thinly and leaving a ½ inch border around the edges.
  5. Sprinkle cornmeal over the pizza stone or on your baker’s peel. Bake the lahmacuns in batches for about 7 minutes each batch, until the meat is browned. Remove the breads from the oven and brush the edge of each one with melted butter. Garnish and serve warm or at room temperature.