Turkish Meat Bread

Author and journalist Anissa Helou discovered this recipe during one of her many trips through the markets and bazaars of the Mediterranean region.

  • Servings: 4

Source: Martha Stewart Living Television


For the Dough

  • 1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (110 degrees)
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for kneading
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

For the Topping

  • 1 medium onion, very finely chopped
  • 1 large tomato, peeled and finely diced
  • 7 ounces (about 1 cup) lean ground lamb
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice, or more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon finely ground black pepper
  • Coarse salt


  1. Stir yeast into 1/4 cup of the water; set aside for 10 minutes.

  2. Sift flour into a large bowl, and make a well in the center. Add salt and olive oil, and work in with your fingers, then add the yeast mixture and remaining 1/4 cup water. Transfer to a clean work surface, and knead for 5 minutes, or until you have a smooth, elastic dough. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and let rest in a warm place for 30 minutes.

  3. While the dough is resting, combine all the ingredients for the topping in a large bowl.

  4. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees. Line two baking sheet with parchment paper. Divide the dough into 4 equal pieces, and roll each into a ball. Take 1 ball, flatten it with your hands into a 5-inch disk, then pull and stretch into a long oval (the bread will be quite thin). Transfer to one of the prepared baking sheets. Using your fingers, make indentations just inside the edges. Spread a quarter of the topping all over. Repeat the procedure with the remaining dough and topping.

  5. Bake until lightly golden, 12 to 15 minutes. Serve immediately.


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